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Grant to Enable Consumer Choice in Senior Home Services
OXFORD, Ohio -- Researchers at Miami University's Scripps
Gerontology Center have received a nearly $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation to integrate more consumer choice and control into PASSPORT,
Ohio's Medicaid home and community-based services program for older adults.
They will work in conjunction with the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
(COAAA) and the Ohio Department of Aging.
The three-year grant is one of 13 given through the Independent Choices
program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Council on the
A goal of Miami's project is to allow low-income seniors receiving
community-based long-term care to choose their level of responsibility for
planning and managing their own services, including personal care, homemaker
services and transportation.
Researchers also will test the impact of consumer direction on consumer
satisfaction and functioning and on the agency.
Scripps researchers will work with COAAA staff within an eight-county area
in central Ohio where about 1,200 people currently receive PASSPORT
PASSPORT clients, families and case managers will receive training about
consumer-direction and about their duties with their chosen level of
"Consumer choice in home care for older adults acknowledges the importance
of autonomy throughout life, and reinforces the message that older people, like
younger people, can be competent decision-makers," said Dr. Suzanne Kunkel,
principal investigator and associate director of the Scripps Gerontology
For information on the Miami project, contact Suzanne Kunkel at
513-529-2914. For more on the Independent Choices program, contact Kathleen
Cameron at 202-479-6604.