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PASSPORT Program Supports Seniors and Caregivers

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

At a recent Caregiver recognition Luncheon, Morgan County resident Galen Finley sang the praises of programs offered through the Area Agency on Aging 8 to families in the region.

Galen’s mother, Lucille, was a client of the PASSPORT program for over four years while he cared for her prior to her death at age 101.

“It was a God-send,” said Galen. “PASSPORT and other services allowed me to care for her and still be able to do things at the church and in the community -- without it, I would’ve been devastated.”

Galen serves as minister with the Church of the Gospel Ministry in McConnelsville. He cared for his mother for 34 years. The PASSPORT program provided support to Galen as the primary caregiver through an emergency response system, necessary medical equipment as well as critical personal care services. PASSPORT is helping families in the region providing In-Home care for eligible seniors age 60+

“Funded through Medicaid, last year PASSPORT allowed about 1,200 seniors in our region to remain at home for a fraction of the cost of a nursing home placement,” said Rick Hindman, AAA8 Director. “This in-home program serves as a substantial cost-saving measure for the state, as well being the much preferred choice for seniors.”

According to AARP, nine out of 10 people surveyed would prefer to receive long-term care services in their own home or community. The average annual PASSPORT care plan in the AAA8 region is $12,516 as compared to the average annual nursing home costs of $60,000.”

Anyone interested in learning more should request a free in-home consultation and details on PASSPORT, CHOICES or Assisted Living options by calling AAA8 at 1-800-331-2644 .You can also find us on Facebook. AAA8 serves Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties.


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