Oregon Project Independence
OPI provides limited in-home assistance which can include bathing, grooming, dressing, mobility and light housekeeping to individuals over the age of 60, or under the age of 60 with a disability.
The primary goal of OPI is to keep clients safe and independent in their homes for as long as possible. Eligibility requirements involve an in-home assessment to determine activities of daily living and a financial determination to establish the fee for service. Fees are assessed on a sliding scale basis according to income.
Clients are added to the program on a priority basis. Applicants with higher care needs and lower financial resources are assigned a higher priority than those with lower care needs and higher financial resources. A priority list is maintained for those who are at a lower priority and will be added as funding allows.
OPI Pilot Project for Younger People with Physical Disabilities
Washington County is one of 12 counties participating in a pilot project that serves individuals ages 19-59 with physical disabilities. To be eligible, an individual must need in-home assistance based on an assessment. He or she cannot be receiving full medical coverage through Medicaid, such as the Oregon Health Plan. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale, based on income after medical expenses are deducted. Assistance can include help with walking, getting in and out of a chair, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, taking medications, housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping and transportation. For more information, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon toll-free at 1-855-673-2372. Please be prepared with your zip code so you can be routed appropriately.
The Older Americans Act Home Repair Program (administered through Washington County Disability, Aging & Veteran Services) is designed to help clients over 60 years of age with minor modifications, home repairs and adaptations necessary to facilitate the ability of the older individual to remain at home.
The individual must be a homeowner. HUD income guidelines will be used to determine eligibility. Repairs could include installing ramps, grab bars, furnace repairs, minor plumbing and electrical repairs, weatherization and other minor home repairs. Older Americans Act funds help senior clients who would otherwise experience a financial hardship if they had to pay for home repair services on their own.
Personal Advocate Program
Through the Personal Advocate Program trained volunteers provide in-person, one-on-one support and assistance to seniors ages 60 years and older as well as family caregivers. Volunteers help individuals access and navigate resources, services and programs to meet their needs. This is a short-term intervention service with the goal of connecting people to the resources they need.Some examples of how this program can help include:
- Making home visits to assess the needs of the individual
- Provide information and referrals to the appropriate service(s)
- Assist by making necessary telephone calls for services as needed
- Help to complete forms for services
- Act as an advocate in accessing services and solving problems
- Offer emotional support
- Follow-up to ensure you have been connected to the necessary services