The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA) has formally launched the Aging and Disability Resource Network (ADRN) in its five county serve area of Medina, Lake, Geauga, Lorain and Cuyahoga counties. This Network is composed of a group of offices on aging and non-profit organizations with professional staff who can guide older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities to services that support independence.
“The ADRN is the starting point for answers to questions about available community services and supports that can help when the independence of an older adult or person with a disability is challenged” says Ronald Hill, CEO of the WRAAA. “Ohio’s long-term care network is complex and fragmented. Figuring out how to obtain long term services and supports can be confusing and difficult to navigate. The ADRN provides a new system that offers Northeast Ohio residents with a single, consistent, reliable way to access an array of services by making one phone call.”
Northeast Ohio’s ADRN is coordinated by the WRAAA. The Agency developed a collaborative system among 15 local organizations that are all now functioning as one single system in effort to provide information, seamless referral and assistance. The ADRN also provides Benefits Assistance (service) and Options Counseling. The Benefits Assistance service connects individuals to a Benefits Specialist who will screen for eligibility to public benefits and help guide them through the application process. Options Counseling is a service that allows older adults, persons with disabilities and caregivers the opportunity to talk with an Options Counselor about community services and supports to fit their needs and preferences; and guide them through what can be a difficult and complicated decision making process.
Accessing the ADRN is easy. There is a local toll free number that will connect people to professionals who will help identify available public benefits and community based services. These professionals are trained to present an array of options, creating choices individuals may not have known existed and then following up to ensure the individual secured the supports they needed. Staff of the ADRN recognizes that everyone’s situation is unique and requires personal attention to make certain that all of their needs are met. Anyone, regardless of age, income level or care giving role can contact the ADRN by calling 1.855.585.ADRN (2376).
Funding for the Aging and Disability Resource Network (ADRN) is provided through the Older Americans Act through the Ohio Department of Aging