VENTURA, Calif.– The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging HomeShare Program recently received recognition from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with an Aging Innovations Award, the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies. The HomeShare Program award was among the top local aging programs to receive honors. Additionally, the VCAAA was awarded an n4a Aging Achievement Award for the Fall Prevention Program during the n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow held in July 2015, in Philadelphia.
The prestigious n4a Aging Innovations Award ceremony recognized Area Agencies on Aging that implemented successful initiatives to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. Honorees shared best practices with an audience of more than 900 Aging Network leaders who gathered at the four-day conference to engage in a dialogue about challenges facing older adults and solutions being developed by AAAs throughout the nation.
“With the healthcare landscape continuing to change rapidly, our members are investigating new ways to position themselves in the long-term and health care marketplaces, as well as to strengthen long-standing services to meet the needs of America’s rapidly growing older adult population,” said n4a’s Chief Executive Officer Sandy Markwood. “Our members work tirelessly, and with little fanfare in their communities, and this program enables us to shine a well-deserved spotlight on their ground-breaking work.”
The VCAAA award-winning HomeShare Program helps seniors maintain their independence and remain in their homes by matching them with home-seekers who are willing to help with some combination of household tasks, transportation or financial support in exchange for affordable housing.
VCAAA Director, Victoria Jump, expressed her excitement about receiving the multiple awards.
“Winning these prestigious national awards validates the hard work of the staff, the Advisory Council, the Fall Prevention Coalition and our volunteers and demonstrates VCAAA’s commitment to being an Agency that is innovative and responsive to the changing needs of the seniors in Ventura County,” said Jump. “National awards like these also substantiate the forward-thinking of the Board of Supervisors and Mike Powers, CEO, in supporting this agency wholeheartedly in our efforts in the HomeShare and Fall Prevention programs. Dr. Thomas Duncan, Trauma Medical Co-Director of the Ventura County Medical Center, whose vision of the creation of the Fall Prevention Coalition and Fall Prevention Program was the catalyst for those efforts, deserves special recognition.”
The VCAAA serves Ventura County’s 60-plus population and persons with disabilities and employs a person-centered approach in aiding them in living a life with dignity and maximum independence. The VCAAA also provides leadership and advocacy in addressing critical issues that relate to seniors and directly operates a number of programs. The VCAAA is funded by the Federal Older Americans Act, State of California Older Californians Act, County of Ventura and program donations.