The Five County Association of Governments is the designated Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Utah. As part of the Area Agency on Aging we administer and oversee a variety of programs and services to assist seniors in accessing the services and supports they need to remain in the community and as independent as possible. These services are intended to support not supplant the natural supports the Senior may already have in place.
Funding for these programs and services are provided through the Administration on Aging under the Older Americans Act (OAA), the Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services and the Utah Department of Health. These State and Federally funded programs are designed to offer home and community based supports to individuals 60 and older, some disabled adults, and their caregivers with an emphasis on those with the highest social and economic need.
· Nutrition Services (Title III-C of OAA)
· Supportive Services & Senior Centers (Title III-B of OAA)
· Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Services (Title III-D of OAA)
· Long-Term Care Ombudsman (Title VII of OAA)
· Health Insurance Counseling & Senior Medicare Patrol
· Medicaid Aging Wavier
· State Alternatives Program
· National Family Caregiver Support Program (Title III-E of OAA)
· Case Management for New Choices Waiver Program
To qualify for services an individual must meet the program eligibility requirements regarding age, social, economic, and degree of frailty (Level of Care). A limited number of adults with disabilities may also be served. Eligibility varies among programs and is described in more detail under the Service List.
Our staff is comprised of professional, licensed social workers, registered nurses; as well as our intake/accounting staff. Program staff assist potential consumers in referral, intake, assessment, eligibility and ongoing case management (care coordination).
The Five County AAA also provides funds to each of the Five County Councils on Aging in Southwest Utah to help provide other supportive services, including transportation, through the local Senior Centers. In addition to transportation, the centers provide educational and recreational activities such as, exercise classes, Yoga, bingo, Wii bowling, dance, card games, computer classes, Nutrition education, Medicare help, support groups etc.
As mandated by the Older American’s Act, the mission of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) is to seek resolution of problems and advocate for the rights of residents of long term care facilities with the goal of enhancing the quality of life and care of residents.
The primary purpose of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is to improve the quality of life, care, and environment of long-term care residents. The Ombudsman works with the resident to seek resolution of concerns and complaints related to their long term care services. The program provides a method by which resident complaints can be heard and resolved, if possible. The Ombudsman is the mediator, educator and advocate in helping consumers resolve complaints. This is accomplished through a cooperative approach between providers, regulators, residents, families and the ombudsman.
Anyone (residents, relatives, friends or even the staff of a facility) may initiate a complaint on behalf of the resident. Often residents are unable to do it themselves. Only as mutually agreed upon, between the ombudsman and the resident or his/her legal representative, the ombudsman will make every reasonable effort to assist, represent and intervene on behalf of the resident. Services are provided to persons:
· Without regard for income and resources
· As requested by an individual or on behalf of an individual
· Available to a person who resides in a long-term care facility
· Available to a person attempting to enter a facility