Chief Executive Officer Karla Fales of the Region 3B Area Agency on Aging presented the agency’s annual implementation plan to Barry County Commissioners Tuesday. The committee of the whole sent the request to the full board with a recommendation to approve. Fales noted it was the third year of a three-year contract, so highlighted just the changes from previous years.
Barry County has the advantage of the strong presence of the Commission on Aging which AAA supports by funding several programs in cooperation with the agency, Fales said. The agency’s services which cover both Barry and Calhoun counties, is open to those over 60 and is not income based.
If someone with a healthy income and one with lesser assets came in at the same time, the one most in need would be served first, with isolation a top criteria, she said. Two new initiatives were launched this year; programs that raise awareness of dementia in Barry County, which does not get enough attention in the community, and self-managing of chronic disease with education and exercise programs. Also, in-home medication management help is needed for some, who find it a challenge, she added.
Before the new three-year contract is offered next year, Fales will send the commissioners a survey asking them what they see as needs for the new plan and urged them to respond to help with planning.
The agency has a $1.1 million budget with allocation generally a 70-30 split with Calhoun and Barry counties based on population.
The Older Americans Act of 1965 created Region 3B Area Agency on Aging at the federal, state, and local level to administer programs that help older adults maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.
The board also recommended approval of new control system for heating/air conditioning at the Health Department building. Building and Grounds Director Tim Neeb said the current system is losing communication with its input device and display. The controls to be installed from Control Resources for $9,840 can be worked on by multiple vendors and the program can be used through computers, tablets and cell phones, allowing Neeb to make changes to the system from his cell phone no matter where he is.
Also recommended for approval was the Child Care Fund Plan and Budget for 2018/2019 for the Barry County Trial Court-Family Division, requested by Court Administrator Ines Straube.
Commissioners approved an agreement with the University of Cincinnati Research Institute for training of probation and case management staff in Risk Assessment Systems/Case Planning for $8,500, to be transferred from the Trial Court budget to Employee Training budget.