We help you care for your aging loved longer and better.
We help you care for your aging loved one longer and better. The Area Office on Aging’s Caregiver Support Program provides information and support that give family members and friends a temporary break from the help they provide to their loved one.
Supplementing the care family members provide.
The Caregiver Volunteer Respite Program provides family caregivers with a temporary break from their role caring for their aging loved one. Each week, a trained volunteer age 55 and over comes to visit with the aging loved one so the family caregiver can get a break for a few hours to alleviate caregiver stress.
Adult Day Care
Adult Day Care service centers provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for older adults in a community-based group setting. Services are designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day, so family caregivers can get a temporary break from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving.
Assisted Living Waiver Program
The Assisted Living Waiver Program helps bridge the gap between an older adult living in their own home independently and living in a nursing home, providing another cost-effective option for long-term care.
Caregiver Support Program
Families, not social service agencies, nursing homes or government programs, are the main providers of long-term care for older persons in Northwestern Ohio. The National Family Caregiver Support Program, implemented as a part of the Older Americans Act of 2000 recognizes the monumental role caregivers play in caring for older family members. Under this program five basic services are available: information to caregivers about available services; assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services; counseling, support groups, and caregiver training; respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities; and supplemental services, to complement the care provided by family caregivers. The Caregiver Support Program provides information and assistance, counseling, supplemental services and a short break for individuals caring for an older adult to help alleviate caregiver stress. This program provides support and valuable advice to those who act as caregivers for elderly loved ones.
Adult Day Care and Alzheimer's Care - Adult Day Care service centers provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for older adults in a community-based group setting. Services are designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day, so family caregivers can get a temporary break from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving.Adult Day Care is an alternative to nursing home placement. It provides assistance to families and caregivers who have responsibility for an older adult who cannot be left alone due to functional or cognitive impairment. The socialization and mental stimulation enables the older adult to be as independent as they can, for as long as they can. Adult Day Care offers structured, therapeutic group and individual activities as well as a hot lunch and snacks. Families and caregivers who use Adult Day Care can have a break from their responsibilities with assurance that their loved one is safe and supervised. Transportation is usually provided at a nominal cost. Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a progressive, degenerative and incurable disease that attacks brain cells, resulting impaired memory, thinking and behavior. AD is a form of dementia and it is not a natural consequence of aging. Services are offered through the Area Office on Aging for Alzheimer's or dementia care.
Caregiver Expo – The Caregiver Expo gives caregivers the opportunity to receive information on the different products and services available to them to aid in their care-giving responsibilities. The Expo provides an opportunity for businesses to educate the public on their latest products and services.
Caregiving Smarts – Caregiving Smarts is a comprehensive listing and explanation of providers and services to assist family caregivers. This resource guide is aimed to help connect caregivers with resources to help them.
Respite Care - Respite Care can ease the burden on families and caregivers who must provide 24-hour care for a frail or cognitively impaired older adult. A trained home health aide can provide relief in the home of the older adult in need of supervision while caregivers meet appointments, do errands, or simply rest. Respite care can reduce burnout and isolation for the caregiver by allowing them personal time away without worry.
Support Groups - Support groups can be beneficial to those who are caregivers for frail or cognitively impaired older adults. In a group, caregivers can learn useful information and tips by talking to others who have similar caregiving responsibilities. Many caregivers can find great comfort in sharing their frustrations, problems, and feelings with others who are facing similar concerns.
Connecting with Services
The Area Office on Aging serves as a single entry point into the long-term supports and services system for older adults and people with disabilities by connecting them with the information and services they need to live quality independent lives and maximize their independence.
Consultation with a Social Worker or a Nurse
Long-Term Care Consultations are provided by the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio free of charge to consumers and focus on planning for services that may need be needed to remain as independent as possible.
Dining Site Meals and Home-Delivered Meals
Lunch is on us. A dining site meal is the centerpiece of services provided at senior centers where older adults can congregate to eat and fulfill many o f their social, physical, emotional and intellectual needs.
Our meal delivery program offers tasty, home-made, balanced meals that provide one-third of the daily required nutrients, delivered directly to the homes of older adults whose mobility is limited. There's no place like home to enjoy the smallest of pleasures of life like a meal being brought right to the door.
Grandparents and Relatives Raising Children
The Kinship Navigator Program is designed to provide information and resources to assist grandparents and other relatives who are raising children in their extended family. Many of the children have behavior and learning disabilities, which can be a daily challenge to the Caregiver. The Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio connects grandparents and relatives raising children to information and services in our community, including education programs, financial assistance, health care for the children, and more.
These programs deal with housing issues for older adults, including home repair and locations of housing options for older citizens.
Low-Income Housing for Older Adults – The Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio sponsors three low-income apartment complexes for older adults: Island Parkway Manor, located in Defiance, Ohio; Riverview Terrace, located in Napoleon, Ohio; and Westhaven Apartments, located in North Baltimore, Ohio.
Residential State Supplement – The Residential State Program is a state-funded program which provides a cash supplement to low-income, aged, blind, or disabled adults who have increased needs for assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing or dressing, but do not require nursing home care. This program is provided through the Ohio Department of Aging and provides assessment and case management. To be eligible for this program, one must live in or move into one of the following types of licensed facilities: Adult Family Home, Adult Group Home, Adult Residential Care Facility, or a certified Adult Foster Home.
Adult Foster Home Program – The Adult Foster Home Program, funded through the Ohio Department of Aging, is administered by the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio. This program allows older, dependent adults to remain in the community in a safe and supervised environment.
Housing Smarts Resource Guide –
Housing Smarts is a comprehensive guide that was developed primarily to assist in finding suitable housing for seniors. In addition to assessing housing resources, Housing Smarts may be a useful resource for planning purposes.
Minor Home Repair Program – The Minor Home Repair Program is a state-funded program through the Ohio Department of Aging for minor home repairs and modifications for eligible older adults (age 60+).
In-Home Care Programs
The Area Office on Aging's In-Home Care Program for frail, low-income older adults allow the older adult to live in their own home by providing home-delivered meals, a home health aide to help with bathing and dressing, minor home modification, home-delivered meals, emergency response systems, home medical equipment and supplies, adult day services, transportation and more.
PASSPORT Program – The PASSPORT Program can help with home-delivered meals, bathing, dressing, housekeeping, transportation, emergency response systems, adult day services, equipment and more. PASSPORT also has consumer-directed service options that empower persons 60 years of age and over to be employers of record and hire their own service providers (including friends, neighbors and some relatives) to provide services such as bathing, dressing, housekeeping, meal preparation and others.
To be eligible for PASSPORT, the person must be:
- At least 60 years of age
- Permanently residing in a non-institutional setting (i.e., not in a nursing home or assisted living)
- Qualify for Medicaid under waiver criteria.
- Monthly income maximum is established annually by Medicaid (possible co-pay for services may apply)
- Combined resource maximum of $2,000 or less in savings, checking, etc. (1 car and home are exempt if senior is living in the home)
- Need for hands on assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility and/or medication assistance)
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for the rights of people who receive long-term care services in nursing homes, adult care facilities, or through in-home care programs. Ombudsman advocates respond to complaints made by or on behalf of the resident of Northwestern Ohio's long-term care facilities.
Nursing Home Transition
The Area Office on Aging work with older adults who were placed in a nursing home, but no longer want or need to be there by helping them transition back home.
Nutrition & Wellness Programs
The goal of Nutrition Programs is to provide nutritionally balanced meals to those who are 60 years of age or older.
Dining Site Meals – For those who are 60 years of age or older and are able to leave their homes, there are over 57 dining sites in The Area Office on Aging’s ten-county service area. The dining sites are a place for older adults to socialize and receive a hot noon-time meal on a donation basis. Fun, exciting and up-to-date nutrition education is provided at the dining sites. Transportation is available to most dining sites. Also, evening and weekend meals may be provided at some sites.
Home Delivered Meals – Our Meals Delivery Program offers home-made, balanced meals that provide one-third of the daily value required nutrients, delivered directly to the homes of older adults whose mobility is limited.
Nutrition Education – Designed specifically for individuals 60 years of age or older. Topics include diet and disease prevention, diabetes, weight maintenance, food safety and food preparation.
Healthy U – The Healthy U Program is a workshop given two and-a-half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in senior centers, churches, senior apartment complexes and libraries. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders. Subjects include: techniques to deal with pain, exercise, appropriate use of medications, and nutrition.
Ride to the Doctor
The Area Office on Aging pays for Black & White Cab to provide up to two medical transportation trips per month for older adults in Lucas County who have no other way of safely getting to the doctor. click for Lucas County Senior Transportation application
Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
Older adults living on fixed incomes sometimes find it difficult to afford locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Going without these foods negatively impacts their health. Older adults with limited income apply for and receive $50 worth of coupons that act as cash when purchasing locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from about 130 participating farmers.
These programs are meant to promote well-being among older adults and provide events for the general enjoyment of older adults.
50+ Sports Classic – The 50+ Sports Classic is an “Olympic Event” aimed at athletes ages 50 and over. Activities include bowling, tennis, golf, track and field, swimming, table tennis, and basketball. Each competition is divided into age groupings; awards are given to the winners of each age group within each sporting event.
Senior Safari – The annual Senior Safari event at the Toledo Zoo allows older adults to enjoy exhibits and other forms of entertainment. A lunch is served and attending seniors can participate in health screenings.
Images of Aging – The Images of Aging event publicly recognizes Northwestern Ohio centenarians who have contributed so richly to their families and communities and to publicly thank the families of these individuals, who have supported them throughout their older adult years.
Caregiver Expo – The Caregiver Expo gives caregivers the opportunity to receive information on the products and services available to aid in their care-giving responsibilities. The Expo provides the opportunity for businesses to educate the public on their latest products and services.
Spring Fling – The annual Spring Fling Senior Day Event offers valuable resources for area seniors. Free health screenings are provided and businesses are given an opportunity to inform the older adult population of their products and services.
Senior Holiday Party – The Senior Holiday Party consists of live entertainment and lunch.
Legislative Breakfast – The annual breakfast meeting with Northwestern Ohio’s legislators and public officials gives the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, its colleagues and older adults a chance to share thoughts, ideas and information on the issues facing older adults today.
Annual Meeting – The Annual Meeting is an all-inclusive review of the Area Office on Aging’s activities, highlights and financial status. The Annual Meeting serves as a way for the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio to publicly thank its partners, sponsors, employees, and board members for all they do.