SWODA Press Releases

April 17, 2018

Tangela Henry ready to answer your questions about services for elderly

Are you 60 or older and need information about programs or services or just have problems and don’t know where to turn for help? You now have a real person you can call or see in person. Tangela Henry welcomes calls from elderly and their caregivers. She is the I&A assistant for the North West Planning Service Agency Eleven (NWPSA 11) Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

Some of the services for which information and/or assistance can be provided 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.

You can meet with Tangela or a representative of NWPSA 11 Area Agency on Aging in the OEDA Office at 330 Douglas, Beaver, Oklahoma 73932 the third Tuesday of every month.

You can meet with Tangela or a representative of NWPSA 11 Area Agency on Aging in the OEDA Office at 1116 19th St, Woodward, Oklahoma 73801, the fourth Tuesday of every month.

You can call Tangela 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).

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

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

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April 17, 2018

Financial resources available to give caregivers a break

There is financial help for caregivers to give them a break from their daily duties. The Caregiver Respite Voucher Program gives caregivers the option of using respite services to go a doctor’s appointment, get their hair done, visit friends at a coffee shop or even go to a movie. And, there are no income or resource limitations.

There is an application process and if a caregiver qualifies, a home visit is required. After the O3A assessment is completed on caregiver and care receiver, then vouchers are provided. The caregiver can then contract with any person of their choice (other than someone living in the same home of caregiver or care receiver or under 18 years old) to provide respite services.

The definition of caregivers are people of any age caring for someone 60 years of age or older with at least two of these Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) 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.

The SWODA Area Agency on Aging provides for respite services for eligible caregivers in partnership with the Department of Human Service Aging Services Division.

If you or someone you know is interested in the Caregiver Respite Voucher Program, please contact Ada Vanderford, caregiver coordinator with SWODA Area Agency on Aging, at 800-627-4882, ext. 127, or e-mail Ada Vanderford at ada@swoda.org.

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April 10, 2018

Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma provides funding to assist NW OK

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. 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 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 year.

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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April 3, 2018

Information and assistance available through SWODA Aging Services

The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) 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, limited transportation, housing, legal services, long-term care, Medicare, nutrition, health care, housekeeping, weatherization and other concerns of the elderly.

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.

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.

March 13, 2018

SWODA Area Agency on Aging to conduct a public hearing

The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority Area Agency on Aging will be conducting a public hearing at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in its Burns Flat Community Building, 98 Frontier Way, Burns Flat, Oklahoma. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and comment on the 2019-2022 Area Plan. The area plan may be viewed prior to the public hearing online at www.swoda.org. This four-year area plan update reflects services provided under the Older Americans Act, as well as goals and objectives that are set for fulfilling the priority needs of the elderly.

Individuals interested or concerned about services available to senior citizens are urged to attend and give oral comments or, if unable to attend, written comments will be accepted. Please send all written comments to Samantha Walker, PO Box 569, Burns Flat, OK 73624. Include your name and contact information.

The facility where the public hearing is to be held is accessible to the disabled and interpreter services can be made available upon one week’s notice.

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February 27, 2018

Financial resources available to give caregivers a break

The SWODA Area Agency on Aging provides for respite services for eligible caregivers in partnership with the Department of Human Service Aging Services Division. The definition of caregivers are "people of any age caring for someone 60 years of age or older with at least two of these Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) impairments (dressing, bathing, eating, transferring, toileting, or walking) and/or requiring substantial assistance because of a cognitive or other mental impairment."

There is an application process and if a caregiver qualifies, a home visit is required. After the O3A assessment is completed on caregiver and care receiver, then vouchers are provided. The caregiver can then contract with any person of their choice (other than someone living in the same home of caregiver or care receiver or under 18 years old) to provide respite services. There are no income or resource limitations.

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.

If you or someone you know is interested in the Caregiver Respite Voucher Program, please contact Ada Vanderford, caregiver coordinator with SWODA Area Agency on Aging, at 800-627-4882, ext. 127, or e-mail Ada Vanderford at ada@swoda.org.

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February 12, 2018:

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

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 are 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 year.

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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Jan. 12, 2018

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

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 year.

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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