Personal care services are available to Medicaid-eligible persons who meet requirements for nursing home placement but with assistance can remain in their own homes. Geriatric aides, under supervision of registered nurses, provide in-home assistance with daily living activities such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care and running errands.
Homemaker services help those older persons who cannot perform activities such as preparing meals, shopping for personal items, managing money, using the telephone or doing light housework. The program aims to prevent institutionalization and promote independence. This grant-funded service is free to those who meet eligibility requirements.
MEOC installs and supports a personal emergency response monitoring system, Philips Lifeline, which provides security, peace of mind and instant notification of emergency contacts in times of need.
Thousands of frail, low-income older persons benefit from this partnership between MEOC and the faith community. The program combines MEOC’s commitment to serve older persons with the greatest economic or social need with the commitment of churches and people of faith to serve. Faith organizations and individuals of faith support MEOC in many ways, including financially and by providing meeting space, but especially in the area of home repairs and modifications to make dwellings safe, warm, dry, and accessible.
MEOC’s respite services are designed to relieve emotional and physical stress on caregivers, and enhance their quality of life. The program assigns aides to work with families providing round-the-clock care to older people or those with Alzheimer’s Disease or related disorders. Caregivers are provided a chance to leave the home while aides provide patient supervision and assist with tasks that may be overwhelming for the caregivers.
Caregiver Support Groups
Caregiving can be stressful and lonely, but with the help of MEOC’s caregiver support groups, you will find you are not alone. Support groups meet once every two months. Caregivers are connected to others with similar experiences who can offer advice and support. This is a nonjudgmental environment to ask questions and express concerns.