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 if they have a diagnosis of an Alzheimer's type dementia.
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.
The OPI program is currently accepting new applicants! 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 will be maintained for those who are at a lower priority and will be added as funding allows.
The Older Americans Act Home Repair Program (administered through Washington County Disability, Aging & Veteran Services-DAVS) 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.
DAVS uses a non-profit organization that provides labor and materials. The individual must be a homeowner and 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 Amercians Act funds help senior clients who would otherwise experience a financial hardship if they had to pay for home repair services on their own.
Project REACH (Ready to Extend a Caring Hand) provides trained volunteers who provide in-person, one-on-one support and assistance to seniors aged 60 years and over 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 referral to the appropriate service
- 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