Ohio Department of Aging director visits area agency
by Wayne Allen
Ohio Department of Aging Director Dr. Bonnie Kantor-Burman recently visited with Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) staff at the Agency’s satellite office in Waverly. The Agency, which receives federal and state funding through the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA), is a non-profit corporation that provides home and community-based services to seniors and adults with disabilities. It is one of twelve Area Agencies on Aging in the state of Ohio that provides these services to eligible individuals. The AAA7 covers ten counties in Southern Ohio, including Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton, and has four office sites throughout the district including administrative offices in Gallia County (Rio Grande), and satellite offices in Adams County (West Union), Pike County (Waverly), and Scioto County (Portsmouth).
Director Kantor-Burman visited with AAA7 staff, staff with the Pike County Community Action Committee and Senior Center, and paid a special home visit to one of the AAA7’s PASSPORT consumers who resides in Pike County. PASSPORT (Pre-Admission Screening System Providing Options and Resources Today) connects families with information about the choices available in long-term care. For those who are Medicaid-eligible, in-home services can include personal care, homemaking, home-delivered meals, medical emergency response systems, medical transportation, adult day care, home medical equipment and supplies, or other services as needed. The AAA7 assigns consumers with care managers who help facilitate a care plan that best meets the consumer’s needs.
Director Kantor-Burman was appointed Director of the ODA by Governor John R. Kasich in January 2011. Before coming to the Department, Director Kantor-Burman was the executive director of the Pioneer Network, a national center for the development of person-centered long-term care delivery systems. Prior to that, she was the director of the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology at The Ohio State University in Columbus. She earned her doctorate in health policy and management from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.
Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Here, individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs. The Agency also offers an in-home assessment at no cost for those who are interested in learning more. Information is also available on www.aaa7.org, or the Agency can be contacted through e-mail at email@example.com. The Agency also has a Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAgingDistrict7.
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