Maintain good records
Maintaining good records is very important. There could be numerous times throughout your life where you might need to produce an important record. Personal records that should be maintained are social security card, birth certificate, medical records, and all evaluations (from schools, specialist, doctors, and other agencies).
The use of the Guiding People through Systems (GPS) tool is offered as a public service to assist families organize their children’s important medical and school records into one convenient, online location. The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the privacy of the medical or personal information shared with this service.
As you age maintaining your records is essential to ensure good health and active and adequate care.
Attend, plan, and encourage your loved one to participate in their Individualized Service Plan (ISP)
Never assume that the assessed need will remain the same. Continual assessment throughout a lifetime is needed to support the person.
Stark DD SSA department – 330-477-5200
As you age your services will focus on your medical care and future planning. Discuss this with your team at team meetings.
Encourage and promote independent living skills at home
Independent Living Skills include household chores, washing dishes, laundry, grocery shopping, sweeping/mopping, and taking out the trash. These activities that are important to do around the house to teach responsibility as well as increase work skills. Daily or weekly routines established at home become learned over time and help promote independence.
Your SSA and Area Agency on Aging – 1-800-421-7277
- Knowing and making connections
- Identify who would like to help individuals with aging and end-of-life decisions
- Assist with living wills, guardianship agreements, and final arengements
- Protect person's health, safety
- Housing Decisions