November 24, 2014
 
 
Adult Day Care
Adult Day Care is community-based group programs of care lasting more than three (3) hours per day, but less than twenty-four hours per day.  The service is provided according to an individualized plan of care by a licensed provider.

Adult Care/Sitter
Adult Care (Sitter Service) provides a period of relief for the caregiver away from their care giving responsibilities. It affords caregivers the opportunity to tend to personal matters or just have the opportunity to rest.

Caregiver Information
Caregiver Information educates agencies, consumers, and caregivers about their roles and provides needed resources to them.  It is important for caregivers to understand  conditions, such as dementia, and to identify services to assist with specific needs.

Congregate Meals
This service provides meals to eligible clients or other eligible participants at an approved community location.  Meals are planned and prepared to:
   (1) comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
   (2) provide at least one third of the daily recommended dietary allowances (RDA).

Food Supplements
This service supplements or replaces solid food in order to maintain or improve the nutritional health of the consumer. Food supplements include items such as Ensure, Boost, etc. supplied in liquid or powdered form.

Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
The goal of physical fitness programs is to promote as active a lifestyle as individuals are able, in order to prolong healthy years and to minimize the effects of illness if it does occur. It provides activities for people at all fitness levels who want to improve their strength, flexibility, and/or other aspects of physical functioning.
 
Program activities include screenings to assess strength, flexibility and the general ability to carry out daily tasks. These screenings may include specific recommendations for improvement.
 
Home Delivered Meals (HDM)
Nutritionally well-balanced meals are delivered to the consumer's home.  Special diets can be provided when ordered by the consumer’s physician.

Homemaker Services (HMK)
Services consisting of general household activities and chores and errands essential to the consumer's care are provided by a trained homemaker when the consumer is unable to perform such activities. 

Individual Counseling
This service is designed to provide counseling, advice, guidance, and support to caregivers. This could include mental health counseling and support to help caregivers cope with the stresses of care giving.
 
Legal Assistance
This service provides legal advice and representation by an attorney to older individuals and may include counseling or other appropriate assistance by a paralegal or law student under the direct supervision of an attorney.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
This service addresses complaints or problems of older persons living in, or seeking access to, a long-term care facility.

Medical Equipment & Supplies
This service is designed to provide necessary medication and medical supplies (including adult diapers) that are required by an individual who has a chronic health condition(s) or who is convalescing following surgery or illness.

Medication Management
Medication Management is the identification and counseling regarding a medication regime, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. The goal of screening and education is to prevent drug/drug, food/drug, and alcohol/drug interactions, as well as over-medication problems, which can be harmful to health.
 
Minor Home Modifications (MODS)
This service provides installation of certain home mobility aides (e.g., ramps, rails, grab bars) and minor home modifications to enhance safety. Adaptations which add to the total square footage of the home are excluded and all modifications are in accordance with State or local building codes.

Nutritional Education
Nutrition Education promotes better nutrition, physical fitness, or health (as it relates to nutrition) by providing information and instruction to participants and caregivers in individually and in groups.

Nutritional Counseling
The goal of Nutritional Counseling is to help individuals identify and adopt changes in their diet to improve their health and to positively impact a disease or condition, i.e. diabetes.

Personal Care Services (PCS)
These services assist the consumer with activities of daily living and other essential activities that enable the consumer to remain in the home, as an alternative to nursing facility care, including the following:
 
   Assistance with activities of daily living (e.g., bathing, personal hygiene,
   toileting, feeding, dressing).
 
   Assistance with maintaining a safe environment.

Personal Emergency Response (PERS)
PERS is an electronic device which enables individuals to secure help in an emergency. The individual may also wear a portable “help” button to allow for mobility. The system is connected to the person’s phone and programmed to signal a response center once a “help” button is activated.
 
Pest Control
Pest Control is offered to eliminate bugs, rodents, and other pests in the consumer's home.   It is important to maintain a safe and healthy home environment.

Senior Companion
This service pairs low-income seniors with their homebound peers, providing help with activities of daily lives and giving family caregivers a much needed respite. 

Support Groups
Support Groups are designed to provide caregivers an opportunity to share their experiences with other caregivers and provide support to each other. In Support Groups, caregivers can discuss issues including problem solving, coping strategies, and other issues that may be of concern to them.

Transportation
Limited transportation service is provided to the elderly and the disabled who are unable to drive or have no other transportation available. Most transportation is utilized for medical appointments, essential errands, and trips to community services.

Community Services...

With funds provided by the Older Americans Act and the Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability, the Aging Commission is able to provide a wide range of community programs.