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More Oregonians seeking information on in-home services

Nearly 50,000 Oregonians called new resource line in 2012


More Oregonians who are aging and have physical disabilities are looking for options to stay in their own homes as shown by the calls to Oregon’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection in 2012.

Oregonians called the ADRC 49,864 times in 2012 and searched its website over 91,000 times. This is according to the call and webpage summary released by Department of Human Services .

While callers consisted of family members, friends, neighbors and agencies needing information, referral or assistance, the majority of callers were the consumers themselves.

Statistics showed that most callers last year asked for referral to local resources with the most requested topic: in-home care options.

The need for information and assistance was the next highest demand from those calling the ADRC.

“Oregon has long been a leader in helping people who are aging or have a physical disability remain at home,” said Mike McCormick, deputy director of the Aging and People with Disabilities Program at the Oregon Department of Human Services. “People are looking for stability and independence at home and in their local communities,” he said.

McCormick explained that a new Oregon initiative, Long Term Care 3.0, is designed to continue Oregon’s excellence in long term care and in helping people to be safe and independent at home. He said it is based upon Oregonians’ desires to stay in their own homes and communities.

Oregon’s ADRC is a place to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a physical disability. Earlier this year ADRC launched a statewide toll free number to make it easier for Oregonians to call from anywhere in the state and receive information on local services and options.

The phone number is 1-855-ORE-ADRC (1-855-673-2372). ADRC is funded by the Oregon Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program through federal grants.

“As Oregonians age and baby boomers turn 65 in greater numbers, the ADRC will be even more vital to answer questions and help families make decisions and locate services,” McCormick said.

For more information on ADRC, go adrcoforegon.org.



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