Home / About Us / Testimonials About Us | General Information | Direction Home Akron Canton Foundation | Meet Our Leadership Team | Our Board of Directors | Testimonials Client Stories R.S. is an 87-year-old male living alone He relies on his granddaughter for many things, but she works full time and has difficulty assisting him. He suffers from congestive heart failure and has much impairment related to an unsteady gait, hip and back pain and joint stiffness. He also has chronic incontinence and he is diabetic. R.S. has been able to fulfill his wish to avoid institutionalization and remain at home with the help of PASSPORT services. His Personal Care Aide provides hands-on assistance with locomotion, bathing, hair care and dressing. The aide also assists him with changing his incontinent undergarments. R.S. says that it usually takes him an hour to do this by himself. In addition to personal care service, PASSPORT also provided R.S. with a lift chair. R.S. has made it clear that he could not live alone without this necessary device, even if it appears to be a luxury to some who don't understand why he has it. R.S. continually expresses his gratitude for the PASSPORT services. E is an 82-year-old widow in the Canton area E lives alone with her beloved cat, Garfield. She has one son who visits often. Since enrolling in the PASSPORT program, E has shown significant improvements in her life both physically and socially. E was prone to falling, and would not seek medical treatment. She would stay alone in her apartment with only her son to visit, refusing to leave for fear of falling outside in public. With PASSPORT, E has sought out needed medical treatment. She has also had a geriatric assessment, and she sees her doctor regularly with the assistance of PASSPORT providing transportation. E no longer has to do the chores around her home that were increasing her potential for falling and now has the needed assistance of a personal care aide in her home. In addition, E attends Adult Day Service weekly allowing her to actively socialize. B had lived alone in her own home until she started becoming confused and disoriented B's only son was worried about her wellbeing and took her to see her medical doctor who diagnosed her with Alzheimer's and dementia. B's son was upset and concerned and asked the doctor what he should do and how he could help her. B's doctor suggested that she be placed in a nursing facility where she would receive 24 hour supervision and where the son would not have to worry about her. B's son did not like the idea of taking his mother out of her home that she loved so much and had lived in for the past 30 years so he moved in with her. Although B's son was now living with her in her home and helping out as much as he could, he had to work during the day, which meant that B was still home alone most of the day and her son was quickly becoming overwhelmed with his new responsibility. B's son was told by another doctor's office about the PASSPORT Program and he decided to call. He was pleasantly surprised when he found out the extent of services PASSPORT offered and thought that it would help keep his mother home as long as possible. B started attending Adult Day Care 5 days a week for 8 hours while her son worked. B had a personal care aide in the mornings to help her get a bath and get ready for day care and an aide in the evenings to help get dinner after day care. Between adult day care, personal care aides and the son, B had the 24 hours of supervision that was needed. B's son felt that without the services of PASSPORT, B would definitely be in a nursing facility. M has been enrolled on the PASSPORT program since 2003 Prior to his enrollment in PASSPORT, M was in a nursing home for 3 years due to suffering a stroke that left him with right hemiplegia. When in the nursing, M had the desire to return to his home, which was a farm house in the country. With the involvement of legal aid, his daughter and PASSPORT, M was discharged from the nursing home to his home. With the assistance of PASSPORT services, M received diabetic teaching, physical therapy, instructions on insulin administration and glucose monitoring. PASSPORT also provided transportation to and from medical appointments and an aide to accompany him to his medical appointments. M also had the services of an RN who changed the dressings on his legs daily. His PASSPORT care manager assisted him with getting his medications in docudose packets and pre-filled insulin syringes. M also had an ERS unit for emergency situations, home delivered meals and a personal care aide for 3 hours five days per week. He began to attending adult day service 2-3 times week and enjoyed the socialization he received there.