We are integrating this project as part of the Neighborhood Housing and Care Project (NHCP). The Neighborhood Housing and Care Project provides interdisciplinary care for people with HIV/AIDS in their homes. Clients are people who are at risk of losing their housing or are transitioning from higher levels of care and need additional attention. Because we are not funded through Medicare or Medicaid contracts, we have the flexibility to provide creative solutions to problems without having to get approval for specific treatments or equipment. Caregiver education and training will be included in the tasks that are given to the interdisciplinary team of NHCP. We have been granted $350,000 by the state legislature designated as "Innovation Funds" that will be used to build infrastructure to the NHCP project.
Recently we were ranked by the Oregon Business Magazzine as number one of the 100 Best Non-Profits to Work for in Oregon among the large non-profits. We have been on this list every year every year this competition has been in existence (5 years).
In addition we were ranked as the #2 Top Workplace in Oregon for small companies (both for profit and non-profit) by the Oregonian in a ceremony last month. Results for these awards were determined through surveys of staff on various aspects of the working environment including benefits, ommunications, management style and other aspects of a well-functioning workplace.
I am so very prould of not only the incredible staff and the people that manage them, but also the Board, Volunteers and the many donors that make up this amazing "Our House Family". Thank you for making this place such a great place to work!
Last month we celebrated our 25th Anniversary. We started in 1988 in a 5 bedroom house, and now operate a 14-bed 24-hour specialized residential care facility. Other services include our award-winning Neighborhood Housing and Care Program where we serve high-need people in their homes, Esther's Pantry (food bank) and Tod's Corner (free thrift store). Many of our staff, volunteers, donors and clients were there to help us celebrate, present awards to people who gave of themselves over and above any expectations, and honor the clients who passed away during this past year.
The Oregon State legislature allocated $350.000 towards the Neighborhood Housing and Care Project at the end of the legislative session. With this money we will strengthen the infrastructure of our program by adding some administrative staff as well as upgrading some equipment, and adding to funds for Caregiver training. We will use this money as leverage to get additional funds to expand our services to a larger population of people with HIV as well as their caregivers. We are currently working with CareOregon and FamilyCare to address the needs of their highest utilizers of services and will work out a funding model that can be sustainable for these services in the future.
When the AIDS Epidemic began over 30 years ago, many people that were afflicted were in their 20's and 30's. Now these people are in their 50's and 60's. Because HIV accelerates the effects of aging, many issues such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver disease are exacerbated. Much of the cognitive issues associated with age can be confused with AIDS related dementia.
As people with HIV age and begin to go into assisted living, adult foster care, or nursing care, it is very important that the caregivers have the knowledge to be able to treat the disease properly - without any stigma associated with it. That's what makes the Caregiver Training programs so important.
Although the extreme stigma of the 80's has decreased, there still is discrimination and fear among both caregivers and other clients of long-term care facilities that can make it very difficult for someone with HIV to live there. We continue to educate caregivers when we can and when we see issues arise.
With healthcare transformation imminemt in Oregon and the nation, we need to look at the most efficient way to meet our care needs. Many of our clients with higher acuity require caregivers - whether it be friends, relatives or professionals, they need to be aware of the unique nature of HIV and the specific care needs. As we work closely with our clients and their caregivers we provide them with tools to be able to live independently without having to utilize higher levels of care - only when necessary.
While we are in the beginning stages of this project, as we gain more support from key providers, we will create a new model that includes not only the client, but the caregivers as well.
This model will help meet the "Triple Aim" of the new healthcare systems.
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