Community Partnership – Area Office on Aging
A true community partnership can be described as two organizations that complement each other’s missions and create a streamlined process to serve as many people as possible. This definition perfectly sums up the connection between The Ability Center (ACT) and Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio. Area Office on Aging sends referrals on a regular basis for individuals that can directly benefit from Ability Center programs. With the organizations working together, the needs of our community are being met quicker and more efficiently.
The Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc. (AOoA) promotes the health, well-being, and safety of older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers to foster independence. Their array of services focus on improving quality of life and keeping individuals safe and in their home. The ACT philosophy aligns with their programs pertaining to advocacy, nursing home transition, and home accessibility.
The Ability Center and Area Office on Aging both believe in the importance of public transportation. Advocacy leaders from both organizations have attended conferences and forums to solicit support on this issue. The Area Office on Aging is responsible at the local level, for the development and implementation of a comprehensive and coordinated service delivery system for older adults residing in northwestern Ohio.
Nursing Home Transition
Shared emphasis on the “person-first” mentality of the organizations resulted in similar programs that give the person the right to choose. AOoA’s PASSPORT Program promotes consumer-directed service options relating to their living arrangements. This program in collaboration with ACT’s HOME Choice Program, is reducing the number of people in our area who desire to live in the community, but lack the resources to do so.
AOoA’s Case Managers from their Long-Term Care Division connect with our transition team to aid the transition process step by step. Individuals receive support with locating housing, securing home health services, purchasing furnishings, and anything else needed to complete a successful transition.
Our organizations work side by side to construct home modifications to people in need. Ramps, grab bars, stair lifts and low-rise steps are just a few of the many projects completed to ensure individuals can age-in-place safely in the comfort of their own home. Recipients described feelings of increased optimism about the future.