Aging with Dignity: The Older Americans Act

Ileana Ferrera, Corporate Compliance Officer, Executive Manager, United HomeCare®

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Congress enacted the The Older Americans Act in 1965 in response to concerns by policymakers about a lack of community social services for older persons. It was the first federal level initiative aimed at providing comprehensive services for older adults. The Older Americans Act (OAA) supports a range of home and community-based services such as home delivered meals and nutritional services, in-home services, caregiver support, and many other services that have become a lifeline for older adults and their caregivers.

One of the most significant contributions of OAA is its ability to allow those who can safely remain in the community to do so with support, yet the demand and need for these services has outgrown the funding.

United HomeCare® sees the need for funding dollars firsthand with our frail elderly clients and caregivers who greatly depend on the benefits of these programs to remain in their home for as long as possible. Many of us do not realize or know that there are state and federal programs available to help you or your loved one to remain at home, and avoid nursing home institutionalization—a less preferred and more costly option. Studies conducted by the Florida Council on Aging and The Claude Pepper Foundation reflect how state and federal programs such as Community Care for the Elderly, Home Care for the Elderly, and Older Americans Act not only benefit older Floridians, but save Florida’s taxpayer’s millions of dollars annually.

Helping you or someone you love to age in place with dignity and respect is our ultimate goal. UHC wants to continue to build public awareness of the importance of home and community-based programs for older adults. As our population grows older, the need for funding for community social services for the elderly grows even stronger. For us, it is our obligation to look after our elderly, and ensure that older Floridians can age in place in their home. For more information, please call 305.716.0710.

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