The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) promotes the economic self-sufficiency of older adults age 55 and older by providing paid, part-time job training in community service assignments. Located in 38 counties across Ohio, SCSEP provides a dual benefit to the communities it serves: improving job readiness of mature workers while expanding the services provided by local nonprofit and government agencies.
In 2017, 185 people found work as a result of the training they received in the program. 13,432 people utilized our various resource rooms across our 38 county service areas and 17,588 hours of work training were provided to 1,097 mature workers. Nonprofits benefited by receiving 639,767 hours of service, allowing them to expand their capacity building efforts to administer their programs.
Discontinued due to funding cuts in 2017.
Our Behavioral Health Solutions program provides individuals ages 50 and older struggling with addiction to alcohol or other drugs and/or mental health issues with treatment and tools to help save their health and possibly their lives. Over 74% of our clients surveyed expressed improved functionality as a result of treatment at Behavioral Health Solutions. Our team of licensed helping professionals focuses on providing integrated services to provide a continuum of care, addressing physical, mental, and socio-economic aspects of an individual’s health. We specialize in the unique issues facing the older population, identifying physical factors that can attribute to increased impairment or risk. In 2017, our team provided 4,378 hours of group therapy and over 770 hours of individual treatment. Prevention programs included our Brown Bag Medication Review, provided to 78 people in 2017 and designed to eliminate potential drug interaction issues amongst older adults.
Supporting the nutritional needs of older adults in Summit County, our Meals on Wheels program provides home-bound and disabled clients the opportunity to choose their own delicious and nutritious meals to be delivered to their home to support their health and well-being. Each visit includes a wellness check, where professionally trained drivers can assess potential health issues, such as fall-risk assessments.
In 2016, Meals on Wheels delivered 264,878 meals to 7,753 home-bound clients. In our four congregate dining facilities, our program provides valuable socialization along with a healthy meal, serving 31,182 meals in 2016. As part of the VANTAGE Aging integrated care continuum for our multiple programs, meals on wheels was able to provide over 6,404 hours of training to participants.
Hundreds of older adults with disabilities living in Summit County received assistance from our Home Wellness Solutions in 2016 in order to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Home health aides provide non-medical, hands-on care for activities of daily living (ADL) that include bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, grooming, oral care, walking or using a wheelchair.
Additional assistance in wellness programming, including fall-risk assessment and prevention training, was also provided to promote healthier independent living senior citizens. Homemaker services provided housekeeping, laundry, shopping, and meal preparation to support customer independence and chore services provided deep cleaning to customers needing help with more labor-intensive tasks such as carpet scrubbing.
Providing the Home Wellness Solutions programs prevented low-income customers from being forced into assisted living or nursing home facilities, which can cost an average of $75,000 per year, by offering services at about $1,875 per year. This prevented an increase in Medicaid costs being passed onto taxpayers. A survey administered in 2017 to homecare recipients indicated 99% of customers remained in their own home because of the services they received from VANTAGE Aging. A customer stated, “I owe my life to you! I was dying in the nursing home, but when I came home and you came, it restored my health!”
In the fiscal year 2016, 15,162 hours of home health aide services and 4,751 hours of homemaker services were provided for 573 customers and 583 hours of case management services were provided. 305 nurse visits were also provided to customers to provide wellness assistance. An additional 182 clients received 1,830 hours of chore services.
Serving as a host site for RSVP, a Senior Corps Program of the Corporation for National and Community Services, VANTAGE Aging promotes volunteer opportunities for older adults in Summit and Medina Counties. By assessing the interests, talents, and skills of adults 55 and older, we bring together community partners with a strong corps of experienced volunteers to help build capacity and outreach efforts for food pantries, health and wellness programs, social service agencies, and assistance to home-bound seniors. In 2016 the RSVP program had 158 volunteers in Summit and Medina Counties, who together provided over 18,690 hours of community service to benefit 16 non-profits.
When surveyed, 100 percent of respondents agreed that volunteering made a difference in their community and 100 percent agreed that volunteering with RSVP made them feel like an active part of their community. When asked how volunteering makes them feel, 100 percent of the responses indicated they enjoyed meeting new friends and interesting people. With 43 percent of the respondents being age 75 or older, RSVP proves that regardless of age, volunteers can make a difference in a community and in people’s lives.