SWODA NEWS


Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma provides funding again to elderly

posted Jan 16, 2018, 8:02 AM by Mary Peck

The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma has again partnered with the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging (AAA), along with other Area Agencies on Aging across the state, to assist with funding direct services for people 55 years of age and older. These funds will be used on a first come first serve basis until they are all utilized.

There will be an application process for individuals 55 and over who are in need of some type assistance that is not otherwise provided by other agencies. These funds will be used on a first come first serve basis until they are all utilized. Some of the types of services that can be purchased by the SWODA AAA include minor home repairs, wheelchair ramps, air conditioner window units or space heaters, and/or air condition or heater repairs. Funding for each type of service will be limited. Those who have desperate or unique needs should file an application because those situations will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Assistance will be available once per person every three years.

Counties covered by the SWODA AAA are Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita. The SWODA Aging Services Information Assistant receives calls daily from older people and/or their caregivers with needs, and many are told nothing is available to help. This Masonic funding will enable AAA staff to assist many callers with resources that were not available previously.

This funding “will not only help Oklahoma’s older population, but will also relieve some of the stress placed on caregivers whose older relatives are continually turned down because of the lack of resources for needed help,” said Anita Martinez, SWODA director of Aging Services.

To learn more about this and other available services, call the SWODA Aging Services Information Assistant Ada Vanderford at (800) 627-4882, or call the statewide toll-free Senior Info Line at (800) 211-2116.

SWODA is one of 11 Councils of Government in the state. SWODA’s region of service includes municipalities, counties and conservation districts in Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita counties. 

SWODA was created to strengthen the economic and social development of the region through various specialized services such as the following: 911 Administration, Aging Services, Community and Economic Development, Geographic Information Systems, Rural Fire Defense and Workforce Development.

For more news articles specific for southwest Oklahoma, visit www.swoda.org.

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Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma provides funding again to assist with services for elderly

posted Jan 16, 2018, 7:59 AM by Mary Peck   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 8:00 AM ]

The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma has again partnered with the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) NWPSA11 Area Agency on Aging (AAA), along with other Area Agencies on Aging across the state, to assist with funding direct services for people 55 years of age and older. These funds will be used on a first come first serve basis until they are all utilized. There will be an application process for individuals 55 and over who are in need of some type assistance that is not otherwise provided by other agencies.

Some of the types of services that can be purchased by the SWODA NWPSA11 AAA include minor home repairs, wheelchair ramps, air conditioner window units or space heaters, and/or air condition or heater repairs. Funding for each type of service will be limited. Those who have desperate or unique needs should file an application because those situations will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Assistance will be available once per person every three years.

Counties covered by the SWODA NWPSA11 AAA are Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Texas, Woods and Woodward. The SWODA NWPSA11 Aging Services Information Assistant receives calls daily from older people and/or their caregivers with needs, and many are told nothing is available to help. This Masonic funding will enable AAA staff to assist many callers with resources that were not available previously.

This funding “will not only help Oklahoma’s older population, but will also relieve some of the stress placed on caregivers whose older relatives are continually turned down because of the lack of resources for needed help,” said Anita Martinez, SWODA NWPSA11 director of Aging Services.

To learn more about this and other available services, call the SWODA NWPSA11 Masonic Program Coordinator Ada Vanderford at (800) 627-4882, or call the statewide toll-free Senior Info Line at (800) 211-2116.

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SWODA seeks GIS Specialist

posted Jan 12, 2018, 11:12 AM by Michael Ryburn

South Western Oklahoma Development Authority seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Geographic Information Specialist.

Requirements:
This position is responsible for managing and analyzing geographical information, and for developing and maintaining the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases. The successful candidate will be responsible for understanding program needs and responding accordingly.

Qualifications:
GISP certification preferred. Education and experience consist of a bachelor’s degree in geographic information systems (GIS), geography, cartography, computer science or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of technical experience in GIS systems work for each year of the required education. Proficiency in ESRI ArcMap software is critical.


Applicants can complete a SWODA application and submit a resume at the Workforce Oklahoma Office in Clinton or Altus, or may print out an application at www.swoda.org and e-mail or mail application and resume to SWODA, attention Marsha Shelton. Best-qualified applicants, based on review of application documents received, will be interviewed by appointment only. SWODA is an equal opportunity employer.

South Western Oklahoma Development Authority Board presents service awards

posted Jan 2, 2018, 6:12 AM by Mary Peck

The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Board of Trustees honored the service of four board members and six SWODA employees at the monthly meeting held Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Burns Flat. SWODA Board Chairman Carl Don Campbell presented the awards.

Board members receiving service awards were Chuck Dougherty, at-large representative, five years; Damon Dunbar, at-large representative, five years; Carl Don Campbell, Beckham County commissioner representative, 10 years; and Tom Talley, Kiowa County municipalities’ representative, 15 years.

SWODA employees honored for their service were Susan Featherston, director of finance, five years; Samantha Walker, Area Aging for Agency planner, 10 years; Ada Vanderford, I&A assistant for Aging Services, 15 years; Michael Ryburn, director of business development 20 years; Clyde Morgan, senior community development specialist, 25 years; and Tangela Henry, I&A assistant NWPSA 11/SWODA Aging Services case coordinator, 30 years.

Campbell also presented Perfect Attendance certificates to SWODA board members who attended the meetings held from January through December of 2017. Members receiving awards were as follows: Anita Archer, at-large representative; Leo Goeringer, Washita County commissioner representative; John Gallagher, Harmon County municipalities’ representative; Geary Caswell, Harmon County conservation district representative; and John Dee Butchee, Jackson County conservation district representative.

SWODA Executive Director Debora Glasgow honored Blake Roberts, Jackson County municipalities’ representative, as an outgoing board member. Roberts served on the SWODA Board of Directors for 19 years.

SWODA comprises eight counties—Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita—covering over 7,000 square miles and approximately 110,000 residents. For more information, contact the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority at (580) 562-4882.

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Elder and caregivers can get answers to questions

posted Dec 11, 2017, 7:36 AM by Mary Peck

Elderly and caregivers in Northwest Oklahoma have a service providing information about programs and services for those 60 years and older. Call Tangela Henry, I&A assistant NW PSA11/SWODA case coordinator, anytime (leave a message) at the following numbers: 800-627-4882, ext. 126, 580-256-8553 (office in Woodward) or 800-658-2844 (office in Beaver).

The North West Planning Service Agency 11 (NWPSA 11) Area Agency on Aging (AAA) provides information about AAA services and other community programs concerning the elderly through the Information and Assistance (I&A) service. The I&A service is designed to help those 60 and older who need information about a program or service, or who simply have problems and do not know where to turn for help. Calls from the elderly and their caregivers are welcomed.

Some of the services that information and/or assistance can be provided for include the following: respite services for caregivers, hearing aids, transportation, housing, legal services, long-term care, Medicare, nutrition, health care, housekeeping, weatherization and other concerns of the elderly.

Tangela Henry or a representative of NWPSA 11 Area Agency on Aging will be in the OEDA Office at 1116 19th St, Woodward, Oklahoma 73801, the fourth Tuesday of every month and can be reached by calling 580-256-8553.

Tangela Henry or a representative of NWPSA 11 Area Agency on Aging will be in the OEDA Office at 330 Douglas, Beaver, Oklahoma 73932 the third Tuesday of every month and can be reached by calling 580-625-4531 or 800-658-2844.

Please check with the representative before traveling to the office in times of inclement weather.

          SWODA is the Interim Administrative Organization for the NWPSA 11.  NWPSA 11’s region of service include the following counties: Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Woods, Woodward and Texas.

These services are funded in part by state and Older Americans Act Funds from NWPSA 11 AAA and DHS Aging Services.

It is policy of NWPSA 11 AAA to serve all individuals who are eligible for its programs without regard to race, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, gender, age or disability.

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Respite care available for grandparents raising grandchildren

posted Dec 4, 2017, 7:17 AM by Mary Peck

If you are raising your grandchildren or some other relative, such as a niece or nephew and if you are over 55, the SWODA Area Agency on Aging has a respite care program that may be able to help.  The child must be no older than 18 years.  The program may provides vouchers, to eligible applicants, for you to take a break from these caregiver duties. You can use the vouchers to hire a sitter or care provider of your choice.  The sitter or care provider must be 18 yrs. or older and not living in your household.

November is National Family Caregiver Month. For more information, contact Tangela Henry, SWODA Area Agency on Aging specialist, at 1-800-627-4882.

These services are funded in part by state and Older Americans Act funds from NWPSA 11 AAA and DHS Aging Services.

It is policy of NWPSA 11 AAA to serve all individuals who are eligible for its programs without regard of race, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, gender, age or disability.

NWPSA 11 is one of 11 Councils of Government in the state. SWODA’s region of service includes municipalities, counties and conservation districts in Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Woods, Woodward and Texas counties. 

SWODA was created to strengthen the economic and social development of the region through various specialized services such as the following: 911 Administration, Aging Services, Community and Economic Development, Geographic Information Systems, Rural Fire Defense and Workforce Development.


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SWODA Seeking Ombudsman Supervisor

posted Dec 4, 2017, 6:19 AM by Mary Peck

The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) is seeking a qualified individual as Ombudsman Supervisor to coordinate and implement the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.  Receives, investigates and resolves complaints on behalf of residents of nursing home, assisted living, and residential care facilities. Maintains confidential files and records.  Recruit, screen, train, and supervise Ombudsman Volunteers to manage in-house complaints in individual facilities. Must be objective, able to maintain cooperative working relationships and confidentiality, and to communicate with people who are aged and physically disabled. Experience in long-term care settings helpful. Successful candidate will have a minimum education requirement of a baccalaureate degree with major coursework in social work, health, gerontology, general social sciences or related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of full-time paid experience in such areas as community organization, public health, social work or related field for each year of the required education with maximum substitution of four years. Applicants can complete a SWODA application and submit a resume at the Workforce Oklahoma Office in Clinton or Altus, or may print out an application at www.swoda.org and e-mail or mail application and resume to SWODA, attention Marsha Shelton.  Best-qualified applicants, based on review of application documents received, will be interviewed by appointment only. SWODA is an equal opportunity employer.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

posted Nov 30, 2017, 6:20 PM by Michael Ryburn

The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Director of 
E9-1-1 services.

Requirements:

The Director should have a working knowledge of emergency communications equipment, including, but not limited to, public-safety answering point (PSAP) operation, 9-1-1 telephone systems, IT systems and networks, two-way radio systems, audio recording equipment, computer aided dispatching software, and geographical information systems (GIS). Good communications skills and the ability to develop good working relationships with stakeholders served by SWODA are essential.

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience required.

Two years or more of hands-on GIS experience using ESRI software is preferred.

Specialized experience and skills or applied technology in related field, in some cases, may be considered.



Applicant Information:

Interested applicants should submit an application, cover letter and resume via email to: marsha@swoda.org

Position open until filled.



Share your concerns about elderly services at the SWODA Aging Service Advisory Council Meeting December 7

posted Nov 20, 2017, 7:55 AM by Mary Peck

The Advisory Council for the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging will convene for a regular meeting at 1 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017. This meeting will be held at the Town of Burns Flat Community Center, 98 Frontier, Burns Flat, Oklahoma.

The Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council provides leadership and advocacy on behalf of citizens 60 years of age or older residing in Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita Counties and help to determine services needed in the area.

The meeting is open to the public and accessible to the disabled.  Individuals with a profound hearing loss should contact the Area Agency on Aging at least one week prior to the meeting if they wish for a signing interpreter to be provided.

 SWODA is one of 11 Councils of Government in the state. SWODA was created to strengthen the economic and social development of the region through various specialized services such as the following: 911 Administration, Aging Services, Community and Economic Development, Geographic Information Systems, Rural Fire Defense and Workforce Development.

These services are funded in part by state and Older Americans Act Funds from SWODA AAA and DHS Aging Services.

It is policy of SWODA AAA to serve all individuals who are eligible for its programs without regard to race, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, gender, age or disability.

 

SWODA Aging Services offers respite to caregivers

posted Nov 20, 2017, 6:53 AM by Mary Peck

November is National Family Caregivers Month honoring for their dedication in taking care of their loved ones and for them to know they are not alone in their struggle to help their loved ones. The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has a program that may benefit many caregivers in southwestern Oklahoma.

The SWODA AAA may provide for respite services for eligible caregivers in partnership with the Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division. Caregivers are defined as "people of any age caring for someone 60 years of age or older with two Activities of Daily Living impairments (dressing, bathing, eating, transferring, toileting, or walking) and/or requiring substantial assistance because of a cognitive or other mental impairment."

Studies have shown that caregivers will give better care, maintain their own health, and have reduced levels of stress if they can get away from the responsibilities of providing care even if for only a few hours. Respite does just that. It provides a way for a caregiver to get out of the everyday routine of caring for their loved one. For example, a caregiver has the option of using respite services to go to a doctor’s appointment, get their hair done, visit friends at a coffee shop, or even go to a movie.

 These services are funded in part by state and Older Americans Act funds from SWODA AAA and DHS Aging Services

It is policy of SWODA AAA to serve all individuals who are eligible for its programs without regard to race, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, gender, age or disability.

To apply for respite services, a caregiver should call the SWODA AAA at 1-800-627-4882, ext 127. 

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