Area Agency on Aging
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Family caregiver services support unpaid family caregivers who provide support to people age 60+, people living with Dementia, parents who are primary providers for adult children with disabilities, and older adult relative caregivers who are the primary providers for children under the age of 18. Case Managers provide family caregivers with information about services available within their communities and can help caregivers access those services, including access to respite care, referrals to support groups (where available), and other supplemental services.
This service offers temporary, substitute supports or living arrangements for care recipients in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest for unpaid caregivers served under the Family Caregiver Support Program.
Training provided to caregivers and their families that supports and enhances the caregiving role.
Caregiver Support Groups
A great way for family members to connect with other caregivers who understand the unique challenges and rewards of their role. They offer an opportunity to share stories, tips, resources and emotional support in a safe environment. Caregiver support groups can be invaluable in helping family members cope with the demands of caregiving while feeling less isolated or overwhelmed by their responsibilities.
Supplemental Services to Caregivers
These services provide assistance with Activities of Daily Living or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living and are provided on a limited basis to complement the care provided by caregivers.
For more information on these programs call 541-276-1926.
These activities are targeted to provide information to groups of current or potential clients and/or to aging network partners and other community partners regarding available services or benefits for the elderly who are defined in the Older Americans Act as a person age 60 or over.
These services are health promotion programs relating to chronic disabling conditions (prevention and reduction of effects), alcohol and substance abuse reduction, smoking cessation, weight loss and control, stress management and providing information about the availability of benefits and appropriate use of other preventive health services or programs.
Elder Abuse Awareness
This includes activities that promote understanding and increase public awareness of elder abuse. The Area Agency on Aging staff help to educate the public about elder abuse, the types of abuse (financial exploitation, physical abuse, sexual abuse, intimidation, etc.), what the signs are, and how and who to report it to.
Trained Options Counselors work with older adults and their family members to identify a person’s long-term goals for living arrangements and care options and help to create an action plan designed to achieve those goals.
Oregon Project Independence (OPI)
This service promotes independent living among adults 60+ who might otherwise not be able to remain safely in their own homes. In this program, certified caregivers provide services and supports tailored to meet each participant’s unique needs, which may include help with meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry, shopping, and personal care assistance.
Oregon Project Independence PILOT PROJECT (OPI PP)
The OPI Pilot Project mirrors the Oregon Project Independence program but is available for adults with a disability who are ages 19-59. Certified caregivers provide services and supports tailored to meet each participant’s unique needs, which may include help with meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry, shopping, and personal care assistance.
Assistance in either access or care coordination. Includes assessing needs, developing care plans, arranging and coordinating provision of services with providers and providing follow-up and reassessment of care plans.
Visits or phone calls to physically, geographically or socially isolated persons to determine if they are safe and well.
Information & Assistance
Provides individuals with information on services available within the communities, links individuals to services and to the maximum extent practicable establishes adequate follow-up.
The Area Agency on Aging partners with Legal Aid Services of Oregon to provide legal assistance to persons 60 years of age and older on an as need basis. Persons are screened by Legal Aid Services of Oregon for eligibility. Please contact them in the Pendleton Regional Office at 541-276-6685 or 800-843-1115, or at the Central Administrative Office in Portland at 503-224-4086 or 800-228-6958.
Eighty-year-old Louise lives alone. One night, she fell in the kitchen and broke her hip. She spent a week in the hospital and 2 months in a rehabilitation nursing home. Even though her son lives across the country, he was able to pay her bills and handle her Medicare questions right away. That's because, several years ago, Louise and her son made a plan about what he should do in case Louise had a medical emergency. Visit the National Institute on Aging website for more information on how you can do what Louise and her son did, by planning ahead, to make their situation easier.
Many people are unprepared to deal with the legal and financial consequences of a serious illness, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Legal and medical experts encourage people recently diagnosed with a serious illness — particularly one expected to cause mental and physical decline — to examine and update their financial and health care arrangements as soon as possible. Consider connecting with these professionals to assist with the advance care planning process:
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