ENOA helps older Nebraskans live independently, with dignity, and to remain for as long as possible in their own home. The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging serves families in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties. Our role is to provide a continuum of services to meet the varied needs of a diverse group of older individuals. Through our nutrition programs, care management services, volunteer opportunities, and community services, we enhance the lives of older Nebraskans.
STORIES OF HOPE!!
Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging's Caregiver Support Program
On Dec. 27, 2016, Mary Wilson, then an 86-year-old retired social studies teacher, was in an automobile accident in her hometown of Jackson, Miss. While Mary didn't have any broken bones, her injuries included a bruised spinal cord which greatly limited her mobility.
"That's the day my life changed," said Wilson's daughter, Tara Evans, a Bellevue resident.
After several weeks of rehabilitation in Mississippi, Wilson moved to Evans' Bellevue home in April. Caring for her mother soon created a stressful 24/7 lifestyle for Tara who gets some caregiving assistance from her daughter, Carmen, and her son, Steven. "We work as a team," Evans said.
Realizing they needed some additional help, Tara, Mary, Carmen, and Steven became one of the 95 families in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties enrolled in the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging's Caregiver Support Program.
The program offers specialized care management services that assist caregivers age 18 and older who are caring for a frail loved one age 60 and older or for a person of any age who has been diagnosed as having dementia.
Evans is grateful for the Caregiver Support Program. "I have Kathy's number on my speed dial because I know where to go when I need help," she said. "ENOA finds resources within your means that allow you to be a successful caregiver."
In September, Wilson took a couple of steps on her own for the first time since the accident. "I am going to walk again," she said confidently.
"To know Mama's getting better helps reduce my stress," Evans said.
Families receiving assistance through ENOA's Caregiver Support Program are asked to contribute for the services on a sliding fee scale based on their income.
"Nobody is denied services due to an inability to pay for those services,"
"This is the best Valentine's Day I've ever had," Betty said. "I'm going to put the roses by my chair in the living room."