The West End Home Foundation supports TJC’s Independence Team, which helps older adults navigate complex programs to get long-term care and health services they need to stay healthy and independent in the community. The Foundation funds the position of CHOICES Client Advocate. Katie Ann Twiggs, pictured, is currently serving in this role. CHOICES is Tennessee’s Medicaid (TennCare) long-term care program for older adults and people with disabilities. This program allows individuals to age-in-place and can improve their quality of life. It is a vital support for all but the wealthiest Tennesseans since the cost of long-term care is well over most older adults’ incomes. However, the complex eligibility standards and policies can make the program very difficult to navigate, and Tennessee has some of the most restrictive policies in the country. TJC’s Independence program provides legal advocacy for older adults encountering enrollment barriers for TennCare CHOICES and advocacy to improve the system for others. So far in 2018, Independence has helped over 140 Tennesseans seeking assistance with access to long-term supports and services through the CHOICESprogram, helping them secure over [...]
At Interfaith Dental, the focus on healthy smiles spans across the entire lifespan. From children to older adults, Interfaith's emphasis is on what a healthy smile can offer. For older adults it's increased socialization, the ability to chew and eat healthy food, alleviating pain and infection, and improved physical health.