In the fall of 2009, Kellie Harrold’s mother’s eyesight diminished drastically. Soon afterwards, she suffered a series of strokes, was
“ADRC not only recognizes the vast and varied needs of older citizens, they also recognize the fear and uncertainty that affects the entire family. With ADRC’s help, we were able to muddle through our many questions and concerns.” --Kellie Harrold
hospitalized and needed follow up care in a rehabilitation facility. The effects of the strokes left her with slurred speech, as well as other symptoms. The rehabilitation facility recommended future care for her mother in an assisted living arrangement.
“My mom values her independence and being able to live in her own home. She did not want to go to a care facility and I don’t think it would have been a good move for her,” Kellie said. “So we contacted our local ADRC in Albany and a counselor helped us walk through our options.”
The ADRC options counselor helped Kellie’s mother find resources and referrals to enable her to stay in her own home. For instance they were able to make some modifications to her mother’s home (putting in hand rails, etc) so that she could live safely without the fear of falling. She is able to do light housework, fix her own meals, garden, and walk to her mailbox every day. Today more than three years after her stroke, her mom is still living in her own home in her community, and according to Kellie, thriving.
“ADRC helped us to see the big picture and we are grateful. We were able to respect mom’s needs and wishes and ADRC helped us to do the right thing for her by allowing her to have a say in her own future and choices.”
“As Oregonians age and baby boomers turn 65 in greater numbers, the ADRC will be here to answer questions and help families make decisions and locate vital services “ said Mike McCormick, Director of the Aging and People with Disabilities Program. Having a single access point makes it so easy for anyone to call to get what they need.”
Oregon’s ADRC is a “one-stop shop” for older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers and families to get the information and services as their health and long-term care needs change. The ADRC is easily accessible for people seeking long-term services and information to identify options that best suit their needs.
For more information on Oregon’s ADRC, call 1-855-ORE-ADRC or go the website at www.adrcoforegon.org. The website is also available in Spanish by clicking on “espanol” on the lower left side of the home page. ADRC also has a Facebook page that may be found by searching “Oregon ADRC".