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PASSPORT Supports Working Caregivers

Thursday, February 16, 2012

PASSPORT Program Supports Working Caregivers

Noble County resident Willa Towner works full time and balances the responsibilities of home and caring for her loved one with the support of her dog, Spot, and a program called PASSPORT.

“After my daughter told me about his program, it was a staff person at the Area Agency on Aging who told me I needed to swallow my pride and ask for help,” said Towner. “She helped me get support for him through PASSPORT again – I believe in this program one thousand percent.”

Towner explained that the support offered through the Area Agency on Aging 8 and PASSPORT helps her keep her full time job.

“I didn’t realize how much time it frees up for me,” added Towner. “The staff from Summit Acres home care help with his laundry, housework and personal care and also provide an emergency response system so I don’t worry while I’m at work. It’s nice that he often has the same workers and feels comfortable with them. A nurse also comes once a week to keep an eye on his medical conditions.”

She explained that their Australian Shepherd, Spot, also helps keep watch on him while she is away. “He stays with him if he is outside and never leaves his side,” she added. “I couldn’t ask for better support from the Agency. This program lets people stay safely in their homes and maintain their dignity. I have told many others at work and in the community about it and encourage people to call and see if they are eligible.”

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.  

“This in-home program serves as a substantial cost-saving measure for the state, as well being the much preferred choice for seniors,” said Rick Hindman, AAA8 Director. “According to AARP, nine out of 10 people surveyed would prefer to receive long-term care services in their own home or community.”

The PASSPORT care plan for Towner’s loved one is $7,929 a year, compared to the average annual nursing home costs of $60,000 – a taxpayer savings of over $52,000.

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

 

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