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Family and Social Services Administration

Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)

The FSSA Division of Aging uses the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) to fund a number of different in-home, community-based, and facility-oriented services targeted for low-income older adults and persons with disabilities.

The following are services available under SSBG

Attendant Care - Attendant Care is hands on assistance for older adults and persons with disabilities who have physical needs and is provided in order to allow the client to remain in their own home and carry out functions of daily living, self-care, and mobility. Assistance can include help with bathing, oral hygiene, hair care, shaving, dressing, applying cosmetics, transfer between bed and chair, meal planning, preparation and cleanup, toileting assistance, escorting client to medical appointments and other day-to-day activities. It should be noted that an attendant has to be a hired third party and can not be a loved one. 

Adult Day Services - Adult Day Service are community-based group programs designed to meet the needs of adults with impairments through individual plans of care. These structured, comprehensive, non-residential programs provide health, social, recreational, and therapeutic activities, supervision, support services, and personal care.

Auditory Therapy - Auditory Therapy is provided by a licensed speech pathologist and includes screening, assessment, direct therapeutic intervention and treatment for speech and hearing disabilities such as delayed speech, stuttering, spastic speech, aphasic disorders, injuries, lip reading or signing, or the use of hearing aids.

Family Care Assistance - Family Care Assistance helps caregivers in obtaining access to the services and resources that are available within their communities.

Family Care Information - Family Care Information is a service for caregivers that provides the public and individuals with information on resources and services available to the individuals within their communities.

Gerontology Counseling - Gerontology Counseling is the process of helping older individuals to overcome losses, to establish new goals while in the process of discovering that living may be limited in years but not necessarily in quality, and to reach decisions based on the importance of being in the present as well as looking for future opportunities.

Habilitation Day Group - Habilitation Day Group is assistance with acquisition, retention, or improvement in self-help, socialization and adaptive skills which takes place in a non residential setting that is separate from the home or facility in which the individual resides.   Services are normally furnished four (4) or more hours per day on a regularly scheduled basis for one (1) or more days per week unless provided as an adjunct to other day activities included in an individual's care plan.

Habilitation Day Individual - Habilitation Day Individual is assistance with acquisition, retention, or improvement in self-help, socialization and adaptive skills which takes place in a non residential setting that is separate from the home or facility in which the individual resides. Services are normally furnished four (4) or more hours per day on a regularly scheduled basis for one (1) or more days per week unless provided as an adjunct to other day activities included in an individual's care plan. 

Handy Chore - Handy Chore are minor home maintenance activities, that are planned and monitored, that are essential to an individual’s health and safety. They can include plumbing, heating, storm door, window, and screen repairs; gutter and roof patching; heavy cleaning; broken step repair; installation of health and safety equipment such as handrails, ramps, deadbolts, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, locks. Ground maintenance is also included and can be lawn moving, snow removal, and minimal hard cleanup to assure safe entrance and departure from premises. 

Home Health Aide - Home Health Aide duties include the provision of hands-on personal care, performance of simple procedures as an extension of therapy or nursing services, assistance in ambulation or exercises, and assistance in administering medications that are ordinarily self-administered. Any home health aide services offered by an HHA must be provided by a qualified home health aide.

Homemaker - Homemaker is direct and practical assistance with household tasks and related activities. Services assist clients who have lost ability to perform instrumental activities of daily living that allow them to live in a clean, safe, healthy home environment. The service is available when the client is unable to meet daily needs and there is no informal caregiver who could meet those needs. Activities can include dusting, vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, doing dishes, laundry, making beds, disposing of trash, yard clean up and mowing, snow removal, grocery shopping, preparing meals, running errands and several others. 

Individual Counseling - Individual Counseling services are provided by a licensed psychologist with an endorsement as a health service provider in psychology, a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical social worker, or a licensed mental health counselor. 

Information Assistance - Information Assistance ensures that adults and disabled individual to access all available benefits and services. This includes providing answers to questions, assisting clients to receive needed service, follow up with clients to make sure service referred are appropriate.

Legal Assistance - Legal Assistance assists older adults understand and maintain their rights, exercise their choices, help them benefit from available services and resolve disputes. The program also promotes the need for lifetime planning through the understanding and the use of advance directives. 

Nutrition Counseling - Nutrition Counseling helps individuals who are at nutritional risk, because of their health or nutritional history, dietary intake, medication use or chronic illnesses, with options and methods for improving their nutritional status. The service is performed by a health professional in accordance with state law and policy.

Nutrition Education - Nutrition Education is a program that promotes better health by providing accurate and culturally sensitive nutrition, physical fitness, or health (as it relates to nutrition) information and instruction to participants and caregivers in a group or individual setting. The program is overseen by a dietitian or individual of comparable expertise.

Physical Fitness - Physical Fitness education or programs are designed to keep elderly clients active by promoting stretching and other activities that keep muscles, bones, and joints engaged and not sedentary.

Pest Control - Pest Control services are designed to prevent, suppress, or eradicate anything that competes with humans for food and water, injures humans, spreads disease and/or annoys humans and is causing or is expected to cause more harm than is reasonable to accept. Pests include insects such as roaches, mosquitoes, and fleas; insect-like organisms, such as mites and ticks; and vertebrates, such as rats and mice.

Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) - PERS is an electronic device which enables certain individuals at high risk of institutionalization to secure help in an emergency. The individual may also wear a portable help button to allow for mobility. The system is connected to the person’s phone and programmed to signal a response center once a “help” button is activated. The response center is staffed by trained professionals. PERS is limited to those individuals who live alone, or who are alone for significant parts of the day, and have no regular caregiver for extended periods of time, and who would otherwise require extensive supervision, and professionals.

Outreach - Outreach assists with identifying potential clients or their caregivers and encouraging their use of existing services and benefits.

Respite Care - Respite Care is temporary substitute support or living arrangements for care recipients in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest for caregivers. This can include in-home respite (personal care, homemaker, and others), respite provided by attendance of the client at a senior center or other non-residential program and institutional respite which is provided by placing the resident in a non-institutional setting such as a nursing facility for a short period of time as a respite service for the caregiver, or a summer camp in the case grandparents caring for children.

Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies - Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies are medically prescribed items required by the individual’s Plan of Care/Cost Comparison Budget which is necessary to assure the health, welfare and safety of the individual, and allow an individual to function with greater independence in the home, and without which the individual would require institutionalization. Items include but are not limited to direct selection communicators, alphanumeric communicators, scanning communicators, speech amplifier, electronic speech aids/devices, standing boards/frames, adaptive switches/devices, specially adaptive locks.

Transportation - Transportation services allow individuals to gain access to waiver and other community services, activities and resources, specified by the plan of care. There are two levels of transportation: Level 1 in which the individual does not need medical assistance to travel and Level 2 in which the individual does need medical assistance to travel.

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