Aging Well

Child & Family’s Aging Well Program has been providing vital support services to seniors in Newport County since the 1960s and to seniors in Providence since 2000. This program works to enhance seniors’ quality of life with a focus on dignity and respect for independence. Serving thousands of older Rhode Islanders each year, the Aging Well program helps our older Rhode Island neighbors remain safely in their homes and provides other critical services, such as Medicare and Medicaid enrollment counseling regarding insurance eligibility and benefits, behavioral health counseling, case management services, caregiver support, and the essential connections to other resources for their optimal health and wellness.

About the Aging Well Program

Consistent with the values of Child & Family the Aging Well programs are based on the core belief that communities thrive when they take care of all of its members. The Aging Well program supports Aging Adults and Adults with Disabling conditions to remain in their community and in their homes whenever possible.  The Child & Family Aging Well program provides case management, coordinated care, caregiver support, and access to the Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) through a collaborative partnership with the Department of Human Services, the Office of Healthy Aging, and Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP)Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) serves people who have disabilities or chronic care needs in the setting ideal for them and their families. Services may be episodic or on-going.

2,500 Elders in our communities live independently every day because of our support

In 2022, over 1,200 seniors received case management support and services through our various Elder Care programs.

Medicare Information And Awareness (MIAA)

This set of programs provide Aging Adults with a coordinated delivery system that includes three (3) programs. Integration of these Programs ensures that Medicare eligible individuals, their families and caregivers receive un-biased one-to-one counseling, education and assistance that empowers them to make informed health insurance decisions.  These programs include:

Mental Health and Substance Use Support

Child & Family has partnered with Newport Mental Health to provide services to community members 65 and older, within Newport County. The program is designed to address substance use as well as mental health and wellness needs, through in-home support, case management, and counseling services. Child & Family Case Managers work with community members to gain optimal wellness and support personal goals by connecting them to services in the community and ensuring their basic needs are addressed. This program is made possible through the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

National Family Caregiver Program (NFCG)

Part of every Person Centered Assessment and Planning for Aging Adults is to recognize the family and natural supports that are supporting and providing care for the client.  Child & Family provides guidance, support, and counseling to caregivers who are providing care for their friends and family members.

Peer Navigator Program

The Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) Peer Navigator Program provides support to NHP members through a peer mentor who provides specialized care management who do not require complex high level clinical support, but require assistance to access community services. Eligible members include such persons as those with disabilities; who are elderly; with a history of homelessness, who have been identified as a veteran; with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and/or other possible specialized needs that may be identified on an individualized basis.

Person Centered Options Counseling (PCOC)

Child & Family provides support to Aging Adults in need of long-term services and support (LTSS) using the Person Centered Options Counseling model.  This approach offers an improved form of decision support for consumers in need of or at risk for Medicaid LTSS. This model increases consumer voice and engagement and ensures that the participants can participate in identifying their needs and what solutions will work for them.

Protective Services Assessment and Planning

Child & Family works in Partnership with the OHA in supporting Aging Adults who are experiencing abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and the inability to care of oneself. This program includes an assessment, support, and service planning to address the immediate needs of the person referred.

Victim of Crime Assistance (VOCA)

Aging Adults who are victims of crime and need assistance navigating the criminal justice system may receive support and guidance in managing concerns related to being a victim of a crime.  Child & Family works closely with police departments, and community agencies to support Aging Adults who are victims of crime.

Support for Military

Child & Family’s Aging Well Program provides Case Management and support to lower-income, older adults who are living in Newport County and Providence, Rhode Island either in their home or in an Assisted Living program. We welcome all families, including those with members who are Veterans, Active Duty, Reserves, or National Guard. This program is free and available to anyone who qualifies.

Report Elder Abuse

Services may be provided in a person’s home, the community (for example, shared living or assisted living), or institutional settings (for example, intermediate care facilities, hospitals, or nursing homes) to optimize their health and retain their independence.

In Partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging (OHA) and Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) Child & Family provides Person Centered Case Management to lower income Aging Adults which includes providing access to a variety of supports and services.  Each potential client is provided a Person Centered Assessment to determine program eligibility and to fully consider their specific needs.

Some of the supports that may be accessed can include:

  • Medical Support
  • Home Care Services
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits (SNAP)
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Home Modifications and Assistive Technology, Lifeline, and other supportive services.
  • Adult Day Services
  • Mental Health Support
  • Victim of Crime Support
  • Housing Support