Are you or a family member needing help to remain home? Oregon Project Independence (OPI) may be able to help you. It is for people who are thinking about moving out of their home because they need help. This program will help you stay home.
The help you get will depend on your needs. Some people get help with personal care, like walking and bathing. Others get help with shopping, meal preparation and housekeeping. The variety of services vary by the area you live in but could include: personal care, home care, heavy housework (chore services), assistive technology devices, adult day care, respite care, registered nursing services, home-delivered meals, and assistance by a trained service coordinator to help you plan and work with the program.
Yes. All people who are able to use this program have to pay for some of the cost of the services. There is a sliding scale fee. The cost to you is based on your monthly household income minus your household’s monthly medical costs.
After you request the services, you will get a phone call from a trained Area Agency on Aging staff person. They will schedule a time they can meet you in your home. During the appointment the staff person will ask you questions about your needs and how you care for yourself. This assessment will determine if you are eligible for OPI services. If you are eligible then a staff person will help you create a plan to meet your needs within the limits of the program. Help can be given for a short time or up to a year at a time, depending on a person’s needs. The help can be used alone or with other in-home help.
OPI service providers are State of Oregon registered Home Care Workers and/or a contracted in-home care agency depending on where you live.
Some areas have waiting lists and priority is given to you if you are frail and vulnerable, lacking supports and are likely going to have to leave your home for care.
How do I find out more about this program? The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) is here for you. To learn about Oregon Project Independence and other programs and services, please contact us at 1-855-ORE-ADRC (673-2372)