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VANTAGE Aging

Akron, Ohio

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Just a few small supports help many seniors and others stay independent in their own homes. We provide a holistic approach to senior care and wellness for successfully aging in place.

As experts in helping older adults with the services they need to remain independent at home and active in the community, VANTAGE Home Wellness Solutions provides personalized options designed to help seniors and people with disabilities live comfortably in their homes.

Clients receive non-medical home care and wellness support through our team of trained, insured, and pre-screened professionals. Our professional support staff works with individuals, families, and caregivers to identify specific needs and create a customized plan for independent living.

Funds raised through the GIVE65 campaign are vital to helping seniors stay independent and healthy in their homes. Currently, VANTAGE's Home Wellness Solutions has a list of over 300 Ohio seniors who are waiting to receive services. Without small supports, many people are forced to move into an institution, nursing home, or assisted living at the expense of taxpayers. Your support helps ensure that no senior is forgotten.

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VANTAGE Aging was incorporated in August, 1975 as Senior Workers' Action Program. The agency has federal IRS 501 c-3 non-profit tax status. Based in Summit County, Ohio, the agency provides a continuum of supportive services to the adult population throughout the state. Services include employment, homecare, integrated mental health, nutrition through Meals on Wheels, and volunteer programs. A majority of program participants are low income adults over the age of 55 years.

Program goals include: to promote the independence and self-sufficiency of individuals through community-based assistance, to help older adults avoid premature or inappropriate institutionalization, and to help alleviate the problems of poverty among older adults. Agency programs and services touch the lives of more than 16,000 people each year.

The Home Wellness Solutions program employs Homemakers, Health Aides, and Chore Workers to provide cleaning, laundry, personal care, vital errands, and periodic heavy-duty cleaning in the homes of older adults with chronic disabilities. These services are vital to individuals who need assistance to manage on their own. Wellness, prevention, and self-sufficiency are essential components of Home Wellness Solutions. During FY2018, we provided over 15,000 hours of cleaning and home health aide services to individuals with disabilities and seniors to stay independent in their homes. 99% of our service recipients stayed in the community and did not move to a long term care facility.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program provides older adults with paid job training and opportunities to earn industry-recognized certifications. This program assists older workers to re-enter the job market, trains them for new jobs using updated technology, and assists employers to best utilize the skills and work ethic of older workers. This program provides an opportunity for job readiness by employing participants who worked 643,469 hours in community nonprofits during the past fiscal year. 1,003 individuals were assigned to work training across 38 counties in Ohio

Behavioral Health Solutions is an integrated mental health program providing outpatient services including assessment, individual and group counseling mental health and prevention. In 2020, the program partnered with The Blick Center to expand its services in Northeast Ohio.

Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Ohio provides home-delivered meals to individuals who are homebound and unable to prepare a meal as well as hot meals at community dining centers five days a week to older adults and adults with disabilities.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) coordinates opportunities for adults 55 years and older to provide meaningful volunteer assignments in response to community needs. Volunteers assigned by RSVP provided 13,473 hours of service to the community.

Testimonials

Alice's Story
Alice is an 84 year old woman who lives alone in a small home. Alice has multiple health conditions including diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. She uses a walker when she leaves her home and has been increasingly unsteady on her feet. Alice has no family except for a son who lives in Nevada who visits once a year. Alice is proud that she can manage most things on her own but admits that her need for help with cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping is increasing. She has lived in her home for many years but most of her neighborhood contacts have moved away. A Homemaker/Home Health Aide from the Home Wellness Solutions program of VANTAGE Aging visits Alice weekly to assist her with house cleaning, laundry, and errands. The Homemaker prepares a hot meal and nutritious snack for Alice. A Case Manager is available to offer supportive assistance if needed. With Home Wellness assistance, Alice is able to remain in her own home in the community where she has lived for so many years.

Mary's Flowers
Mary is a 72 year old widow living in the home she shared with her husband for 40 years. Mary has been experiencing more health problems in recent years. She has severe arthritis and has recently had hip replacement surgery. She now uses a cane and cannot drive anymore. Mary still enjoys her small yard and flowers but she is having trouble keeping up with her housework. She has always kept her house well maintained and will not consider leaving her home, but is bothered that things are beginning "to slip". Home Wellness Solutions completed a fall risk assessment with Mary in her home. Home Wellness Solutions then arranged for the Chore heavy duty cleaning crew to wash walls and windows and move Mary's furniture to make it easier for her to avoid obstacles that could lead to a fall. A Homemaker visits Mary once a week to complete vital errands and ensure that Mary's laundry is done. With the help she receives from Home Wellness Solutions, Mary can continue to enjoy her own home.

Sam
Sam is a 65 year old man who has been unable to walk since a car accident left him partially paralyzed many years ago. He lives in his childhood home which he shared until last month with his mother who recently had a heart attack and died. Sam wants to stay in the house but has difficulty completing routine cleaning and upkeep tasks. Sam called VANTAGE Aging and receives a weekly visit from a Home Wellness assistant who keeps the house clean and completes errands for him. Sam is able to cook for himself and functions well in his familiar surroundings with a little help from his Homemaker. He is able to keep his family home in the neighborhood he knows so well.

Our clients were asked on our 2017 Satisfaction Survey what our service means to them. Following are just a few of their answers.

• "Without help I would be forced to depend on friends and would probably consider nursing home care."

• "It is difficult to maintain things by myself."

• "My vision is poor and I need help to stay at home."

• "Without my aide, I would be totally lost. Tina does a great job!"

• "I would not be able to stay in my home without your help."

• "I am 91 years old and I need help."

• "I am just out of the hospital- the aides are a great help."

• "My home would be really dirty without help."

• "Without help, I would be up the creek! I am on oxygen and may need more service."

• "I can't bend over so I really need help around the house."

• "I would probably be put in a home without your service."

We have a waiting list with over 300 names of older adults who need our service. They all have their own stories but all of them share the desire to stay self-sufficient in their own home environments. For a fraction of the cost of nursing home care, we can help them age in place in their own homes and neighborhoods.

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VANTAGE Aging promotes a positive perspective on aging with a vision that every older adult has the opportunity to live a healthy life and age with independence, purpose and dignity.
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