Oregon Project Independence (OPI) offers in-home supports for individuals 60+ and those 18-59 with a physical disability who need assistance to remain independent. It provides up to 15 hours per month of caregiving assistance and up to $250 per year for durable medical equipment.
“Susan” is an OPI client. At the age of 15, she was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease. In her adulthood, Susan was in a car accident that left her with a broken back and neck. A decade later, she had a heart attack which led to respiratory failure and then kidney failure. She survived, and these days she receives regular dialysis to stay alive.
Over the years, Susan had applied for many different programs but wasn’t eligible. Estranged from her family, she managed to get by on her own. That changed when she fell one day and ended up in the hospital. When she returned home she was unable to do many of the things she could before.
Through the DAVS Care Transitions program, Susan learned about OPI. After an evaluation, she was accepted into the program and now has a caregiver, Petra (pictured to the right of Susan, above), who comes two times a week and helps with laundry, cleaning, groceries and numerous other tasks.
Susan is grateful for the services she receives through the program, as they have helped her to maintain independence and the quality of life that is important to her.
Learn more about the
by visiting the DAVS website.