Do you, or someone you know, need help remaining in your home independently?
AARP Oregon has just learned that the Oregon Legislature provided funding to expand the Oregon Project Independence (OPI) program to serve individuals between the ages of 19-59 in Benton, Clatsop, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Umatilla and Washington counties. This is a one year pilot project which will study the need and cost of providing the OPI program to younger adults on a permanent basis.
To qualify for OPI you must need in-home assistance based on an assessment and not be receiving full medical coverage through Medicaid, such as the Oregon Health Plan. The OPI pilot project will be administered by your local Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities, and will include an assessment. The assessment will help in the development of a plan to assist you with activities such as walking, getting in/out of a chair, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, taking medications, housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping, transportation, and laundry.
*Please note that the OPI program serving adults age 60 and over is available in all Oregon counties, although some areas may have waiting lists.
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and Disability to learn about the OPI Program:
Call toll-free to Oregon’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 1-855-673-2372 to be connected to the Area Agency on Aging and Disability serving your community by entering your zip code when prompted.