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PASSPORT Supports Independence at Home

Thursday, February 16, 2012

PASSPORT Program Supports Independence at Home

Back at home in her Summit Acres apartment, Dolores Archer is content. She spends time working jigsaw puzzles or keeping in touch with her not-so-small family.  Dolores has ten children, 30 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and six great, great-grandchildren and there are still more on the way.

But, at 92, Dolores is especially thankful for her daughter Joyce who she calls “my Angel.” It was Joyce who arranged for her mother to be enrolled in a program called PASSPORT administered by The Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8) in Noble County.

“We wouldn’t have our mother here today if it wasn’t for PASSPORT,” said daughter Joyce Moore. “It was a God-send to us. Because I have support from Summit Acres home health aides, I can continue to work and Mom can be at home where she’s most comfortable.”

Joyce works in Housekeeping at the Summit Acres nursing home and her supervisor coordinates with the Summit Acres Home health team and they schedule support for Dolores based on Joyce’s work schedule.

“PASSPORT is a support for working caregivers,” said Rick Hindman, AAA8 Director. “To help caregivers with their challenges and to provide essential resources, the Area Agency on Aging is available to help. We have staff certified specialists in aging information and assistance ready to help caregivers and families connect to services whether it’s PASSPORT or other community options.”

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.  

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 or by visiting www.areaagency8.org .You can also find us on Facebook. AAA8 serves Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties.

 

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