The Area Agency on Aging is the pass through agency through which federal, state and local funds provide resources or referral for older persons, age 60 and older, in the designated planning service area of Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Jefferson, McClain, Stephens and Tillman counties. Funds are distributed under the Older American Act of 1965.
ASCOG AAA is the pass through agency for contracted projects: MaddieLuke Supportive Services, Legal Aid of Oklahoma, Delta Nutrition Project, Temple Nutrition Project, Cyril Nutrition Project and five independent senior centers. Other grants provide services for Community expansion of Nutritional Assistance, Masonic foundation for Seniors, and Farmers Market vouchers.
Services provided through ASCOG AAA include:
INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE
Information & Assistance that provides referrals to numerous services through the ADRC referral program along with the local resource directory, which is provided to seniors free.
LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program enables ombudsman supervisors to monitor and advocate for quality of care and quality of life for seniors living in long-term care nursing homes, residential care and assisted living facilities. Ombudsman supervisors and ombudsman volunteers attempt to resolve complaints from residents, family and friends by exploring problems and recommending corrective action. The goal is to empower the resident to stand up for their rights and their dignity. Volunteers are trained and certified to spend two hours per week in their assigned facility.
ADVANTAGE CASE MANAGEMENT
ADvantage Case Management services are available. Services might include assistance with purchasing medications, personal care, nursing service, and homemaker chore if Medicaid eligible.
NUTRITION AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES
Nutrition and Supportive Services Nutritious hot meals are served five days per week at all 30 Title III Senior Nutrition Centers. The meals provide one-third of Recommended Daily Allowance of nutrients for older persons are served at the congregate centers or are Home Delivered to homebound individuals only. Activities and health screenings are available at each center. Transportation through the local bus systems and/or vans for older seniors is available to nutrition centers where available.
Caregiver Program identifies as a person taking care of someone who is 60 years and older who needs assistance because of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia or needs assistance with at least two Activities of Daily Living.
Services available are:
- Respite — A temporary break for the caregiver by hiring a substitute caregiver.
Access Assistance — A service that provides access to the services and resources that are available within their community.
Information Services — Provides education, information to the public and individuals within the communities.
Support Groups — Provides counseling to caregivers and seniors raising children to assist them in making decisions and solving problems related to their caregiver roles.
Supplemental Services is a service provided on a limited basis to complement the care provided by the caregivers.
LEGAL AID OF OKLAHOMA
Legal Aid of Oklahoma provides legal advice, counseling and representation by an attorney or other person acting under the supervision of an attorney. Assistance is provided to seniors for advanced directives, powers of attorneys, wills, limited guardianship, debt, Social Security Disability, consumer financial issues, estate planning, Grandparent issues to name a few. Contact (855) 488-6814, OKSPLASH@laok.org for further assistance.
MASONIC FOUNDATION FOR SENIOR
Masonic Foundation for Seniors (MASON) is a program funded through the Masonic Foundation for the benefit of seniors 60 years and older, low income, and unmet needs such as minor home repair, eyeglasses, dental work, wheelchair ramps, etc.
OKLAHOMA SENIOR FARMERS’ MARKET PROGRAM
Oklahoma Senior Farmers’ Market Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. In accordance with federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Seniors 60 and older with low-income sign up for the voucher card that can be presented at participating farmers markets throughout Oklahoma to purchase fresh produce. Markets are only open between May and September.