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The month of May marks both Older Americans’ Month and Elder Abuse Prevention Month, a time designated to bring attention to the types of issues that affect older adults and to promote the programs and organizations that serve them.
Locally, there is an organization that focuses on the needs of the elderly not only in the month of May, but all 12 months in each year: the New River Valley Agency on Aging.
Since 1975, the NRVAOA has been serving citizens in Pulaski, Giles, Montgomery and Floyd counties, including the towns of Pulaski, Blacksburg and Christiansburg, and the City of Radford. The Agency’s main office is located at 141 E. Main St., Suite 500 in Pulaski.
The NRVAOA offers a variety of programs and services, including the following:
-Care Coordination Services: provides a comprehensive assessment of the older person’s needs and works with the individual and/or their caregiver to identify and obtain services, equipment, information, etc.
-Elder Abuse Program: The Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist coordinates community education programs regarding issues of elder abuse and elder abuse prevention and provides guidance with making referrals for suspected incidents of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
-Home Delivered Meals: This service provides meals for persons who are confined to their home due to health problems, have difficulty preparing meals, and have no one on a regular basis to prepare meals. In most cases, hot meals are delivered Monday through Friday, which also provides a good opportunity to frequently check on the recipient’s well being. In the service areas that are more remote, frozen meals or canned shelf stable meals can be delivered.
-Homemaker Services: Homemaker services are provided to older persons needing help with light housekeeping tasks, and can also provide respite for a caregiver. Services are provided by a trained and supervised aide usually one day per week for an average of three hours.
-Info and Assistance: Information and assistance provides resource information that older persons and/or their caregivers need to help find and access services, whether it is from the Agency or from another agency or program.
-Legal Services: Limited legal assistance is provided to older persons who may need help with a simple will, power of attorney, assistance with public benefit appeals, etc.
-Ombudsman Program: The program offers counseling, information, and advocacy services for and on behalf of residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and older persons who receive community-based care. The Ombudsman is available to identify, investigate, and work to resolve complaints about long-term care services.
-Residential Repair and Renovation: Provides home repairs and/or home modifications that are essential to the health and safety of the older person. Types of repairs or modifications may include repairs to the structure itself, electrical and plumbing repairs, and accessibility modifications.
-Respite Care: Respite Care services are available for caregivers who provide 24 hour care to persons 60 years of age or older or persons who have Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. Respite care may be provided in the home or in the community through Adult Day Services. Hours of care are based on level of need and agency funding, at a maximum of 35 hours per month.
-Virginia Insurance Counseling Program (VICAP): Insurance counseling services are provided to assist individuals when they need help understanding Medicare, Medicaid, and medical bills, or assistance in making decisions about Medicare Supplement or Long-Term Care insurance.
For more information about these services, such as eligibility and cost, or about additional services offered through the Agency, such as congregate meal sites, transportation or the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Pulaski County, contact the NRVAOA at 980-7720 or email nrvaoa@nrvaoa.org.

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Helping Hands …

The month of May marks both Older Americans’ Month and Elder Abuse Prevention Month, a time designated to bring attention to the types of issues that affect older adults and to promote the programs and organizations that serve them.
Locally, there is an organization that focuses on the needs of the elderly not only in the month of May, but all 12 months in each year: the New River Valley Agency on Aging.
Since 1975, the NRVAOA has been serving citizens in Pulaski, Giles, Montgomery and Floyd counties, including the towns of Pulaski, Blacksburg and Christiansburg, and the City of Radford. The Agency’s main office is located at 141 E. Main St., Suite 500 in Pulaski.
The NRVAOA offers a variety of programs and services, including the following:
-Care Coordination Services: provides a comprehensive assessment of the older person’s needs and works with the individual and/or their caregiver to identify and obtain services, equipment, information, etc.
-Elder Abuse Program: The Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist coordinates community education programs regarding issues of elder abuse and elder abuse prevention and provides guidance with making referrals for suspected incidents of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
-Home Delivered Meals: This service provides meals for persons who are confined to their home due to health problems, have difficulty preparing meals, and have no one on a regular basis to prepare meals. In most cases, hot meals are delivered Monday through Friday, which also provides a good opportunity to frequently check on the recipient’s well being. In the service areas that are more remote, frozen meals or canned shelf stable meals can be delivered.
-Homemaker Services: Homemaker services are provided to older persons needing help with light housekeeping tasks, and can also provide respite for a caregiver. Services are provided by a trained and supervised aide usually one day per week for an average of three hours.
-Info and Assistance: Information and assistance provides resource information that older persons and/or their caregivers need to help find and access services, whether it is from the Agency or from another agency or program.
-Legal Services: Limited legal assistance is provided to older persons who may need help with a simple will, power of attorney, assistance with public benefit appeals, etc.
-Ombudsman Program: The program offers counseling, information, and advocacy services for and on behalf of residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and older persons who receive community-based care. The Ombudsman is available to identify, investigate, and work to resolve complaints about long-term care services.
-Residential Repair and Renovation: Provides home repairs and/or home modifications that are essential to the health and safety of the older person. Types of repairs or modifications may include repairs to the structure itself, electrical and plumbing repairs, and accessibility modifications.
-Respite Care: Respite Care services are available for caregivers who provide 24 hour care to persons 60 years of age or older or persons who have Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. Respite care may be provided in the home or in the community through Adult Day Services. Hours of care are based on level of need and agency funding, at a maximum of 35 hours per month.
-Virginia Insurance Counseling Program (VICAP): Insurance counseling services are provided to assist individuals when they need help understanding Medicare, Medicaid, and medical bills, or assistance in making decisions about Medicare Supplement or Long-Term Care insurance.
For more information about these services, such as eligibility and cost, or about additional services offered through the Agency, such as congregate meal sites, transportation or the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Pulaski County, contact the NRVAOA at 980-7720 or email nrvaoa@nrvaoa.org.

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