Who we are:
Oregon's long-term care system is a continuum of support, from family and friends to additional services that help Oregon's citizens remain in their community, living as independently and with as much dignity as everyone deserves. People choose lower-cost, home and community based care services if they are given a choice: 82 percent of people in the long-term care system in Oregon choose home- or community-based care, at a significant savings to the state.
Area Agencies on Aging, represented by O4AD, serve more than 90 percent of Oregon's seniors and people with disabilities through our long-term care system.
Community services funded by the Older Americans Act and home and community based services such as Oregon Project Independence are managed by local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). AAAs provide case management for seniors and/or people with disabilities who are Medicaid clients in most urban areas of the state. Remaining areas are covered by DHS staff.
Your local Area Agencies assure that the unique needs of people are met and that local resources are utilized; there is no "out-of-the-box" solution for every citizen of Oregon.
In 1992, the 18 AAAs in Oregon established The Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging (O4A) as a nonprofit organization that would represent their collective issues at the Oregon State Capitol. In 1998, in order to better reflect its membership and services to persons with disabilities, our name was changed to The Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities (O4AD).
The Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities is committed to promoting the independence, dignity, choice, quality and safety of Oregon's seniors and people with disabilities.
O4AD advocates for the independence, dignity and choice of Oregon's seniors and people with disabilities.
We do so by:
Providing assistance with professional development to staff and advocates through educational programs, technical assistance and networking opportunities, and information and advocacy trainings.
Advocacy, planning, program development, and service coordination at the local level.
Participation by seniors and people with disabilities, formulate and promote legislation and policy of value to seniors and persons with disabilities.
Promotion of effective communication between governmental bodies, agencies, providers and other human services coalitions.
Activities that help us meet our objectives include:
- State-wide training conference every other year
- Quarterly Business Meetings
- Participation in Committees sponsored by SPD, internal, and other advocacy groups
- State-wide advocacy trainings, promotion of grass-roots efforts
- Executive Committee Meetings every month. Full association meetings four times per year.
While membership to O4AD is limited to AAA's, we welcome input and participation from our staff, from consumers and advocates and from our partners in the field of senior and disabled services. It is our goal to maintain professional standards for all members and staff, to honor and promote diversity, and to continuously improve in customer and partner satisfaction.