Provided by qualified caseworkers on an ongoing basis, case coordination includes the following:
The Respite Care service outcome is to render temporary relief to primary caregivers of impaired elderly family members. The target group for this service is a person who is taking care of an older person who is functionally impaired in their ability to perform regular activities of daily living, however does not need institutionalization. Services are provided in the client's home or in an adult day care facility on a short-term, temporary basis while the primary caregiver is unavailable or needs relief. This service includes developing informational resources, developing and/or facilitating support groups, seminars and focus groups, facilitating individual or group counseling, and providing educational services to groups or individuals.
ERS is provided to the homebound, frail elderly using an automatic monitoring system to link them to emergency medical services when their life or safety is in jeopardy. These ERS services include the installation of the individual monitoring unit, training associated with the use of the system, periodic checking to ensure that the unit is functioning properly, equipment maintenance calls, response to an emergency call by a medical professional, paraprofessional or volunteer, and follow-up with the client.
Health maintenance is the provision of services, drugs and/or equipment which will prevent, alleviate and/or cure the onset of acute and/or chronic illness, increase awareness of special health needs and/or improve the emotional well-being of an older individual. This includes the provision of services by a health professional other than "health screening/monitoring" or "mental health" services, for example: dental treatment, health education, home health services (nursing; physical, speech or occupational therapy), or the provision of medications, glasses, dentures or hearing aids.
A medical or health professional runs specific tests to determine the need for a health service. This service should include appropriate referrals and follow-up when warranted.
Routine testing includes:
Home-delivered meals are hot, cold, frozen, dried, canned, or supplemental (with a satisfactory storage life) and provide the Dietary Reference Intakes allowances as established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council. These meals are delivered to the homes an eligible Older Texan.
Residential modifications to assist older Texans in remaining independent and safe in their homes while upgrading the conditions in their residence.
Trained and supervised homemakers provide housekeeping/home management, meal preparation and/or escort tasks to older adults who need such assistance in their own homes. Other duties may include the following: shopping, tidying, dusting, cleaning, washing dishes and utensils, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, laundering, ironing, emptying garbage, making beds, changing sheets, performing on reading and writing tasks, organizing household routines, assisting in planning menus, preparing meals, storing and service food, arranging transportation, and accompanying the client on trips.
Legal services are provided through an attorney, paralegal and/or non-lawyer advocate who assists in matters related to legal rights, benefits, and entitlements by furnishing legal advice, counseling, intervention, assistance and representation. We have a contact list for free or low cost legal assistance in the 12 county regions.
Trained home health aides provide personal assistance services under the direction and supervision of a registered professional nurse and, if appropriate, a physical, speech or occupational therapist. The home health aide service is provided to functionally impair older persons who can be cared for in their own homes. To help prevent or postpone institutionalization, home health aides may also perform other household services:
Transportation service is taking an older person from one location to another. We have a contact list for transportation services in the 12 county regions.
Charlotte Talley Client Care Manager
Susan Davis Client Care Manager
Houston-Galveston Area Council