The Area Agency on Aging and what you need to know…
Aging and what you need to know:
The Area Agency on Aging of North Idaho (AAANI) is the go-to place that provides information and resources to older adults age 60 year or older, individuals with disabilities and vulnerable adults 18 years and older. AAANI, located in Coeur d’Alene, serves the five northern counties of Idaho: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone, and is the designated local Aging and Disability Resource Center for northern Idaho.
The AAANI Mission is to work in partnership with older adults, families, and the community to provide information and services that maximize independence and quality of life. Our focus is to help older individuals remain in their homes safely and independently.
AAANI services and referrals
Information and Assistance (I&A) provides
- trained staff to assess an individual’s needs, determine appropriate available services, and make referrals for assistance.
- counseling to provide information and options to assist families and seniors make informed choices in planning for current and long-term care needs.
- Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates reported cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults and determines when a report should be made. Definitions of reportable cases:
- Abuse: Intentional or negligent infliction of physical pain, injury, or mental injury.
- Neglect and self-neglect: Failure of a caregiver to provide food, clothing, shelter, or medical care reasonably necessary to sustain life and health of a vulnerable adult, or the failure of a vulnerable adult to provide those services for him/herself.
- Exploitation: An action which may include, but is not limited to, the misuse of a vulnerable adult’s funds, property, or resources by another person for profit or advantage.
- Ombudsman Program advocates for residents of long-term care facilities with a focus on resident rights, quality of care, and quality of life.
- Ombudsmen investigate, mediate and help resolve complaints registered on behalf of residents having issues with nursing homes, residential care homes and assisted living homes.
- Assistant Ombudsmen are an adjunct to the Ombudsman Program. Volunteers receive 40 hours of training to learn how to advocate, investigate, and problem-solve for elders in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, followed by on-going mentoring and support by Ombudsmen staff.
- In-Home and Community-Based Services. These services provide assistance to help seniors (ages 60+) remain living independently in their own homes. In-home services have eligibility requirements. There is no charge for these services except for homemaker, which may incur a co-pay based on a sliding fee scale. Providers of the meal programs request, but do not require, a suggested donation, as our funding does not cover the cost of the meals. For more information on these services call AAANI at 208-667-3179 or 800-786-5536.
- Home Delivered Meals provide up to 7 meals per week for home bound seniors who are unable to prepare a nutritious meal for themselves.
- Homemaker Service provides light housekeeping, including changing bedding, laundry assistance, and cleaning bathrooms, floors, dusting, etc. for individuals who are unable to complete these tasks themselves.
- Family Caregiver Respite offers a break for unpaid caregivers providing 24/7 care of a loved one with professional in-home caregivers or adult day care services.
- Congregate Meals are hot, healthy meals provided in a group setting, usually at a senior center.
- Legal Assistance for seniors is available through Idaho Legal Aid.
- AAANI currently contracts for senior transportation with City Links/Ring-a-Ride in Kootenai Co., Silver Express in Shoshone Co., and SPOT bus in Bonner and Boundary Counties.
- Retired and Senior Volunteer Program(RSVP) Provides a variety of opportunities for individuals age 55 and older to participate in the life of their community’s volunteer service. RSVP volunteers enhance and strengthen all levels of North Idaho communities, as well as improve their personal well-being.
The Area Agency on Aging of North Idaho receives both federal funding through the Administration of Community Living (Older Americans Act) and state funding from the Idaho Legislature (State Senior Services). These funds are distributed through the Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) to the six Area Agencies on Aging located throughout the state. AAANI operates under North Idaho College.
The number of elders asking for help exceeds available resources and donations can make a positive difference. Contact the AAANI office to learn about giving a gift in perpetuity to the Aging Services of North Idaho Endowment – 208-667-3179 / 800-786-5536.