COLUMBUS - The U.S. Administration on Aging has approved Ohio's four-year state plan on aging, which establishes the Ohio Department of Aging's strategic framework for delivering services funded by the federal Older Americans Act. Services include nutrition programs, disease prevention and health promotion, supportive services, caregiver support, civic engagement and other special projects. The plan, titled "From Choice to Voice," can be viewed on the department's website (www.aging.ohio.gov).
"The policy directions and strategies identified in the plan's goals and objectives provide an exciting and challenging agenda for the state unit on aging and the area agencies on aging during the next four years," U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging Kathy Greenlee said in a letter to Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman. "The state's priorities on person-centered, consumer-directed long-term supports and services, as well as the emphasis on evidence-based health prevention and wellness, will empower older persons, adults with disabilities and family caregivers in obtaining the appropriate supports they need to maintain independence."
The Ohio State Plan on Aging outlines five goals for OAA services:
- Intensify reach of ombudsmen to home- and community-based consumers.
- Create a person-centered informal caregiver support system.
- Develop a sustainable approach to assuring the values and priorities of care recipients are considered and respected.
- Equip communities to adapt and respond to the changing needs of people living with dementia.
- Encourage all Ohioans to engage in health promotion and disease prevention activities.
"The reality is that Ohio can't continue to meet the needs of our growing and changing aging population by simply doing the same things better," Director Burman explained. "We will foster innovation, not just at the Department of Aging, but also among all the providers and advocates in Ohio's aging network, and ensure that Ohio stays on the leading edge of innovation while we are responsive to our elders' changing needs."
The plan will be in place through Sept. 30, 2018. Throughout the plan period, the department will evaluate progress toward goals and add or revise strategies as necessary.
About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
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