Area Office on Aging Northwest Ohio
When things began to get difficult for Mom I wasn’t sure where to go for help. Luckily, we have a great resource in the Area Office on Aging.
Mom was living alone in a 55+ apartment building for seniors. The only resources were emergency pull cords in the bath and bedroom. It was nice enough and she loved to decorate. She had some friends and they played Bingo and Bunco in the evenings. I visited as often as possible bringing her food or making enough dinner for leftovers. Still, she was calling often while I was at work. She was having trouble cooking and had left the oven on a few times. She had a couple of falls and unexplained bruises.
I called the Area Office on Aging and a social worker visited that same week. She was great! She helped get Mom qualified for the PASSPORT program. The PASSPORT Program can help with home-delivered meals, bathing, dressing, housekeeping, transportation, emergency response systems, adult day services, equipment and more.
The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition 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. Mom loved going to the local market with her coupons. It helped that Mom was able to have aides come a few times a week for a couple of hours to help with the laundry, cooking and housekeeping.
I encourage anyone with questions about what services their loved one may be eligible for to contact the AOoA at 419-382-0624.