Residential Resources helping more seniors through new program

PERU - Residential Resources, an organization which connects those with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries with services to help them live "independent, meaningful lives in the community," is now able to help in a way unlike it has before.

"Through the Nursing Home Diversion and Transition Waiver Program, Residential Resources is now able to assist individuals ages 18 and up who require and qualify for a nursing home level of care live at home in the community.

Amanda Maggy, a representative for the Residential Resources office in Peru, said the program is new for New York State, offered through the state Department of Health. Historically, Residential Resources has only been able to enroll individuals between the ages of 18 to 65 for services, Maggy explained. However, through the new state program, those services will be made available to those older than age 65.

That's a big win for senior citizens who have suffered a paralyzing stroke or who suffer from dementia, said Maggy.

"In the past, services enabling seniors to continue living in their homes were limited. Before, if someone had a stroke at the age of 66, we couldn't help them," said Maggy. "Now, with this new program, we can assist them to get what they need to live at home."

Kevin Defayette, regional director for Residential Resources, said it's exciting to provide supports for people who choose to live in their home as an alternative to residing in a skilled nursing facility.

"We work closely with a wide variety of organizations in order to secure services that meet the specific and unique needs of each individual," Defayette explained. "We, along with, the SUNY Traumatic Brain Injury Program, North Country Home Health Care, North Country Center for Independence and Catholic Charities are the first to pioneer supports of this nature to individuals in our community."

Those applying for services must be eligible for Medicaid, said Maggy, though Residential Resources is able to help with information about that as well.

"The paperwork here at our office will tell them exactly what they need to do," she said.

"I think people don't know these services are out there," said Maggy. "And, it's important to get the word out."

For more information about the Nursing Home Diversion and Transition Waiver Program or services offered by Residential Resources, call their office in Glenwood Plaza on State Route 22 at 643-0300 or visit their Web site at www.resresources.com.

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