The Area Agency on Aging started a new grant year on July 1 and with it came some significant changes. Access to in-home services is being streamlined and service offerings are being expanded.
The program has nearly doubled the funding for Homemaker Services to help seniors maintain their home so that they can be safe and independent. In addition, the program is adding a limited amount of assistance for Chore Service, which will help seniors with large clean-ups, raking, snow removal or minor home modifications to ensure their safety in their home. For Caregivers, the program is expanding the number of Respite dollars. Also, the program is pursuing contracts with area Assisted Living Facilities to provide drop-in Adult Day Care.
The Area Agency on Aging once again has funding for Transportation Assistance. Under the provisions of the Older Americans Act to try to assist people who are socially isolated, the Area Agency on Aging has contracted with TRPTA. Beginning August 1, the Area Agency on Aging will pay the fare for all para-transit rides for seniors age 60 and older. This will save these seniors $7.00 round trip. For more information about TRPTA's para-transit program, call their Para-transit Administrator at (208) 535-0356 Extension 120.
Also starting August 1, the Area Agency on Aging will pay the fare for all demand response rides for individuals inside urbanized Bonneville county, but living more than 3/4 of a mile from a fixed route stop. This will save these seniors $12.00 per round trip. These rides need to be scheduled one day in advance and can be scheduled by calling TRPTA's Dispatch Phone at (208) 529-1489 Extension 2.
In addition to these changes, the Area Agency on Aging is continuing to contract with eastern Idaho's Senior Centers to provide Congregate and Home Delivered Meals.
For more information about any of these programs, call the Area Agency on Aging at (208) 522-5391.
Community Action Agencies were established to fight the War on Poverty in 1964. Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, located at 935 E Lincoln Rd in Idaho Falls serves the nine eastern Idaho counties with services to help low-income individuals become independent and self-sufficient. EICAP is one of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies in the United States that provide services to every county in the nation.