Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
925 Euclid Avenue, Suite 600
Cleveland, OH, 44115
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA) is a private non-profit corporation, organized and designated by the State of Ohio to be the planning, coordinating and administrative agency for federal and state aging programs in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina Counties. It is one of twelve Area Agencies on Aging in the state organized together with local service provider organizations and the Ohio Department of Aging to form the state's public aging network. The network works together to create opportunities for older Ohioan's to receive needed services and optimum care; and to age successfully in their own homes and communities.
Operating under the legislative authority of the federal Older American's Act (OAA), the WRAAA is responsible for a wide range of activities in support of older adults. Its major areas of responsibilities are to:
• Serve as an effective and visible advocate and focal point for the approximately 400,000 older adults, aged 60+ within its five county planning and service area;
• Identify the needs and concerns of older adults and create plans for collaboratively addressing the needs through systems of in-home and community-based services and other interventions which enable older adults to maintain their independence and dignity;
• Administer a wide variety of federal, state, local and private funds used to provide home and community-based services, care management and other supports and opportunities for older adults.
What is the purpose of the ADRN?
The purpose is to:
1) Create a coordinated approach to integrating information and referral for all available services, both public and private, to individuals aged 60+ and for people with disabilities age 18 and over.
2) Provide streamlined access to long-term care and support through a network of service providers.
What is the ADRN?
The ADRN is a single, coordinated system of information and all-inclusive access to services. It is a
• Network that functions as an information, referral and assistance center using web-based technology, as well as access by telephone or in-person
• Decentralized approach involving a range of services and service providers
• “No wrong door” entry to a single system of long-term support.
• Focused on coordination of information, access and assistance functions.
What organizations are currently involved? (This is NOT a complete list)
• United Way 211 First Call for Help
• Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP)
• DSAS- Department of Senior and Adult Services
• Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
• The Margaret Blenker Research Institute of Benjamin Rose for the evaluation component
To Access ADRN Information and Services:
• Telephone- United Way First Call for Help
Cuyahoga County: dial 211 or (216) 436-2000
Geauga County: dial 440-285-3194
Medina County: dial 888-330-4211
• Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (216) 621-0303
o Services for adults aged 60 and older
• Linking Employment, Abilities & Potential (LEAP) (216) 696-2716
o Services for people with disabilities 18 year of age and older
• Internet –www.ConnectMeOhio.org or www.211cleveland.org
One in four adults will care for an older relative or spouse. Caregiving may begin gradually or may be the result of a crisis. If you are a caregiver, the WRAAA offers:
Information, referral and assistance - finding the information and resources to make caregiving easier. Professional staff will connect you with community agencies and services, provide fact sheets and publications that may answer some of your questions, and direct you to other resources.
Assessment and planning - a social worker or nurse will review your needs and help create a caregiving plan with you. If you need additional help, a Care Coordinator will help you locate service providers and make connections for you.
During the next few months, the WRAAA will continue to develop the Family Caregiver Support Program. Services will include Support groups to give you the opportunity to learn and share with other caregivers, giving you helpful tips, ideas, and support. Education and training events will be available to teach you skills and resources for caregiving. Temporary or emergency respite services may be provided on a sliding-scale fee basis. Respite may be in-home services, adult day care, or, if needed, a short term stay in a facility. Other supplemental services are available as needed such as help in applying for public benefits, transportation escorts, and more.
If you are a caregiver and would like to learn more about services available, call the WRAAA's screening and intake department at 216-621-0303 or 800-581-6884.