Programs of interest for those age 60 and over and their family caregivers
These programs focus on healthy aging, preserving independence, dignity and leisure activities.
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.
Family 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.
For more information about this program, you can contact the AOoA at 419-382-0624.
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Grandparents and Relatives Raising Children Program
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.
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The following programs are offered through the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio Housing Department.
Home Repair Program - a state funded program through the Ohio Department of Aging for minor home repairs and modifications for the eligible older adults (60+).
The Area Office on Aging's Housing Subsidiaries - Island Parkway Manor, located in Defiance, Ohio; Riverview Terrace, located in Napoleon, Ohio; and Westhaven Apartments, located in North Baltimore, Ohio, are all low income elderly apartments sponsored by the Area Office on Aging. For more information, contact the Housing Division Ext.1186..
HEAP Program (Heat Energy Assistance Program) - a federally funded program, administered through the Ohio Department of Development's Office on Community Services, that is designed to assist low-income Ohioans in meeting the cost of home heating. The Winter Crisis Program has been extended until May 1, 2020 and regular HEAP has been extended to June 1, 2020. For more information, you can contact the Area Office on Aging at 419-382-0624 or you can download the HEAP application here.
Summer Crisis Program - How would you like to save on your electricity bill, central air conditioning repair, air conditioning unit or fan purchase? The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Summer Crisis Program assists households with someone age 60 and better in the home with an income of $1,835.34/month or less for a single-person household or $2,479.73 or less for a two-person household. This program is going on now through September 30th. For more information, call1-866-504-7392.
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)
Lucas County Senior Dining Site Program
Lyman W. Liggins Senior Nutrition Program provides a home-style lunch meal Monday-Friday at various dining sites throughout Lucas County. The senior dining program provides an opportunity to enjoy a good meal with friends in a safe, friendly environment. Nutrition education, socialization and other activities are available at the dining sites. For those with limited transportation, a TARTA bus pass may be available to travel to and from the dining site. In addition, a daily (Monday-Friday) hot meal or once a week delivery of frozen meals may be delivered to home-bound individuals 60 years of age or older. Each home-delivered and congregate meal provides one-third the daily recommended key nutrients for individuals 60 years of age and over and includes low-sodium and diabetic-friendly options.
Managed Care Programs
The Area Office on Aging partners with three managed care plans (Aetna, Buckeye Community Health Plan and CareSource) to coordinate the care of their members who receive Medicaid and/or Medicare benefits through the plans. The Area Office on Aging's care managers and waiver service coordinators help connect the member with the services to meet their needs, such as help with bathing and dressing, home-delivered meals, adult day care and more. The AOoA coordinates the Medicaid and/or Medicare care of over 2,000 members for managed care plans through the MyCare Ohio Program and the Ohio Home Care Waiver Program.
Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
For the 2020 Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program a large volume of the coupons have been mailed as of July 24th. This program provides $50 worth of coupons to eligible adults 60 years of age or over to purchase locally grown, fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from local farmers. This national program serves the counties in our Northwest Ohio service area of: Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood counties. We provide over 18,000 older adults with coupons.
See below for the list of participating farmers, stands and farm markets in Northwest Ohio.
Everyone is required to complete an application in the Spring of each program year.
For the 2020 season, the application is available on this website to submit and available by contacting our office to have a form mailed to you. If you have moved, please contact our office to provide an address change.
All farmers/vendors interested in accepting the SFMNP coupons will need to complete a participant agreement form.
Please contact our office at 419-382-0624 or 800-472-7277 with any questions.
Seniors and Opioids... What You Need to Know
The Area Office on Aging, the Lucas County Sheriff and Bowling Green State University are blazing a trail to reduce opioid addiction among older adults. Statistics indicate that there’s a new face to opioid addiction … and it’s older. In developing a local strategy to reduce opioid addiction among older adults, these three organizations have become the first partnership of its kind in the nation.
Throughout 2018 and continuing on into 2019, with funding from the Area Office on Aging, Bowling Green State University has conducted educational trainings for over 1,000 people on red flags to look out for that may indicate an older adult is struggling with opioid addiction, how to initiate a conversation with the older adult about this and resources that are available to help them. In March 2019, this partnership has also resulted in the Area Office on Aging hiring a Sheriff's Drug Abuse Response Team (DART) Officer. The DART Officer's goal is to inform older adults on prescription misuse, addiction, and fatal overdoses.
Opioids are prescribed to seniors more than any other age group. It is possible to reduce the impact that opioids have on the senior community.
Volunteer programs allow older adults to give back to the community, and provide a way to remain active.
RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations for people age 55 and over. RSVP provides pre-service orientation, training from the organization served, and supplemental insurance while on duty.
There are various opportunities available that can be viewed on the Volunteer Web page of this site. These opportunities include the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol Program where volunteers get trained by the Toledo and Sylvania Township Police Departments and get to ride around in one of their retired patrol cars to help keep home bound older adults safe by visiting them weekly. These volunteers report any safety concerns that are law enforcement in nature back to the Police Department. Any safety concerns that are social service in nature get reported back to the Area Office on Aging for follow-up.
Another volunteer opportunity is the Caregiver Volunteer Respite Program, which allows volunteers to give a family caregiver a temporary break from their role caring for their aging loved one. Each week, an RSVP trained volunteer comes visit with the aging loved one so caregiver can get a break for a few hours.
RSVP volunteers also get trained by the Toledo Fire Department and conduct fire education to older adults in the community through the Senior Advocates for Fire Education (SAFE) Program. Just a few of the other volunteer opportunities include delivering meals to home bound older adults and serving as a reading mentor for elementary school students who need help learning to read.
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