Maintain good records, and keeping your SSA updated with new information.
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).
Personal records that should be maintained are social security card, birth certificate, medical records, and all evaluations (from schools, specialist, doctors, and other agencies).
Check out this Personal Care and Record Keeping Guide that can assist you with organizing your paperwork, and guide you on what to keep!
Keeping your information and records up-to-date with your SSA will provide an accurate reflection of your needs.
This will help professionals guide you to the most appropriate, available services.
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. It is important to be present and to participate in ISP meetings to ensure needs and wants are being met.
As you age, your services will focus on your medical care and future planning. Discuss this with your team at team meetings.
Continue to work on independent living skills.
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 and maintain work skills. Daily or weekly routines established at home become learned over time and help promote independence.
Area Agency on Aging – 1-800-421-7277
Knowing and Making Connections with your Community
Being a part of community activities and services with your peer group helps establish and maintain community connections. Being an active member of your community builds a natural support network, increases self-fulfillment, and happiness!
Area Agency on Aging – 1-800-421-7277
Identify who would like to help individuals with aging and end-of-life decisions
To help families understand the wishes of their loved one, it is important to discuss and plan for end-of-life decisions.
The Stark DD SSA Department is also available to help you navigate this process. 330-477-5200
When a person has a living will, and assistance with navigating guardianship agreements when appropriate, it empowers the person to make choices about their health when possible.
Stark County Probate Court – 330-451-7759
Emergencies: Health and Safety, Housing, Financial Hardship
There are resources in our community to access when health and safety are questioned.
When you feel a person age 60 or older is at risk, please call Adult Protective Services at 330-451-8998
Stark DD SSA After Hours Number – 330-438-9550
Major Unusual Incident Hotline – 330-477-4477
Stark County Health Department – 330-493-9904
Crisis Center 330-452-6000
Knowing what supports are available eases fear and allows for transition before a crisis arises. Below we have included resources for housing assistance in our community.
Stark DD SSA department – 330-477-5200
Stark Metro Housing Phone Number – 330-493-9533
You may run into financial situations and need assistance, good news is that there are agencies that can help!
- Housing Decisions
As you age maintaining your records is essential to ensure good health and active and adequate care. As you or your loved one ages, a geriatric assessment may be helpful so you know what services are needed and available. Assure mental health is checked as well.
Your primary care physician, or Summa Geriatric Services.