Home Options Path to Empowerment (H.O.P.E.) by AgeOptions is funded by the Department of Human Services under the Colbert and Williams Consent decrees to help eligible nursing facility residents move into the community and live as independently as possible.
Our coordinated, comprehensive process provides a seamless, person-centered experience that safeguards against delays and service gaps, and helps individuals thrive in their community-based setting. Just like the heart in the middle of our logo, residents are at the center of everything we do and wrapped in our support.
You’ll be able to talk to us at your facility –H.O.P.E. by AgeOptions will be serving patients through telehealth during the national public health emergency. Telehealth — sometimes referred to as telemedicine — is the use of 2-way video conferencing that allows us to have safe and confidential conversations with you.
We work with recommended and self-referred individuals to establish a transition plan and coordinate necessary support services to successfully move them from your facility to an appropriate community setting.
We have identified the most experienced aging organizations, including Aging Care Connections, Heartland Human Care Services, North Shore Senior Center, and PLOWS Council on Aging, to be our partners in this process.
A dedicated Home Team Coordinator reaches out to and engages with referred or interested individuals.
Our Home Team evaluates individuals to determine if they qualify for the program, a meeting is arranged with your facility’s care team, and results are discussed.
Note: Individuals who are not recommended for transition after the assessment receive goals to work on and are eligible for re-evaluation within 6 months.
When individuals qualify for transition, the Home Team develops a customized plan based on their needs and goals. We help them gather necessary documentation, find the right housing, set up the household, build essential skills, navigate the new neighborhood, and connect to community services.
The Home Team Coordinator ensures individuals are connected to necessary services and are ready for moving day such as coordinating furniture, food, and medication deliveries.
For the first three months at a minimum, the Home Team will conduct monthly home visits to assess the health, welfare, safety, and changing needs of the individuals. These visits will continue as long as necessary. The goal is to ensure the individuals choose to continue successfully residing in the community.
As individuals demonstrate they can successfully live in the community with any necessary supports, the Home Team gradually minimizes its involvement and seamlessly transfers monitoring to Managed Care Organizations’ care coordinators.
For over 45 years, AgeOptions has been committed to partnering with nursing facilities and community-based organizations to provide innovative services and resources to empower older adults and people with disabilities to thrive in their communities.
We will handle all of the work and respect your staff’s busy workloads, but per the consent decrees your staff will need to help us obtain case records and contact information for residents’ significant others and guardians.
In recognition of your support, we will share our work together on this program through our newsletter, social channels, and print media with our network of medical professionals, community health workers, experts on aging, social workers, clients, caregivers, legislators, and others.
We also have an annual award program that recognizes facilities who help us successfully move individuals to the community. In addition, we frequently refer caregivers looking for out-of-home respite to facilities that their care recipient can try on a trial basis.