September 1, 2013
To the Editor:
National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will take place Sept. 8 – 14, 2013, and will feature the theme “Homemade Happiness.” The Area Agency on Aging 8 invites you — the community at large — to join in celebrating residents’ lives and thanking volunteers, family members and staff.
Homemade Happiness celebrates the bond created by staff, residents and families as they build warm, welcoming, and vibrant homes for residents. Often, families who are faced with making a choice for the care of their loved ones choose Ohio’s Assisted Living Waiver Program. The Area Agency on Aging 8 administers the program that helps Medicaid-eligible Ohioans receive assisted living services in a residential care facility. The services help preserve independence, as well as maintain ties to family and friends.
Ohio’s Assisted Living Waiver program pays the costs of care in an assisted living facility for certain people with Medicaid, allowing the consumer to use his or her resources to cover “room and board” expenses. Providing residential services, the Medicaid waiver program affords individuals in the region another long-term care choice. In 2012, there were three Assisted Living facilities in the region accepting the Waiver program.
“Homemade Happiness” and the week-long emphasis also help us to say “thank you” to our assisted living residents, many of whom have made significant contributions to our region.
Join us and the more than 31,100 assisted living communities nationwide who are creating celebrations for all to enjoy.
Jane Skeen, LSW
AAA8 Home Care Director