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Region Benefits from Assisted Living Resources Waiver

Monday, June 9, 2014
by Gwynn Stewart

On a warm June afternoon in the dining room of The Brandy Woods Assisted Living facility, we found 96-year-old Ruth Paine busy preparing a mailing for her son Charles. With the scenic beauty of Appalachia’s rolling hills in the background, Ruth was enjoying keeping busy at her home away from home. 

“I like the kindness of the people here,” said Ruth. “They are always willing to help and we look out for one another as well (speaking of the other residents.)” Ruth receives support with housekeeping, laundry, meals and taking her medications. She also enjoys the services of the beauty salon and the relationships with the other residents.

Last autumn, Ruth came to Brandy Woods after a stay in the Monroe County Care Center, the adjacent nursing home. Since her home is nestled in the country, Ruth’s son, Charles recommended the Assisted Living option to her for the winter. Choices like this face the region’s aging population and the loved ones who care for them. Often, families making a choice for the care of their loved ones choose Assisted Living options. Assisted living promotes aging in place by supporting an individual’s desire for independence, choice and privacy.

The Brandy Woods Assisted Living facility promotes access to a variety of health care options for seniors at its facility that also offers Ohio’s Assisted Living Waiver program.

“Having local services helps maintain ties to family and friends,” said Patti Haralson of Brandy Woods. “We were the first Assisted Living facility in Monroe County to certify and participate in the state’s Assisted Living Medicaid waiver program making the option more equal opportunity.”

Individuals eligible for Medicaid may be eligible for Ohio's Assisted Living Waiver Program administered locally by The Area Agency on Aging 8. The Brandy Woods facility offers a variety of Waiver-eligible rooms. The facility is staffed 24 hours a day.

“Assisted living combines a home-like setting with personal support services to provide more intensive care than is available through home care services,” said Rick Hindman, Director of the Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8. “Assisted living facilities provide older adults with an option to nursing facility care that is both less expensive and less restrictive. We are pleased that Monroe County is offering Assisted Living resources, especially a facility that accepts Ohio’s Medicaid waiver affording individuals another long-term care choice.”

Many locally may know Ruth because she is retired from teaching and then “re-hired” with The OSU Extension program in Monroe County for 20 years. She is also a past-member of the Monroe County Council on Aging where she was a representative to The Area Agency on Aging’s Regional Advisory Council. In those roles, she was an advocate for senior services and programs.

“A place like this should welcome you,” added Ruth. “These are only my thoughts, and I’m sure you could hear others’ opinions in the beauty shop. But, when I’m away, I look forward to coming back.”

To learn more about the local Assisted Living services at Brandy Woods, call 472-5610. For details on Ohio’s Medicaid Waiver Program eligibility requirements or other services available for the aging, call the Area Agency on Aging 8 at 1-800-331-2644.

Other AL facilities offering the Ohio AL Waiver in the AAA8 include: Carlin House (Hocking Co.); The Riverside Country Care Center Assisted Living Facility (Morgan Co.); and The Pines at Glenwood (Washington Co.).

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