Wise decision-making requires an understanding of one’s options. And as many of us know, the process of planning for and dealing with the realities of aging requires lots of decision-making. This is where JABA’s Options Counselors—located in each of the district’s five counties, plus the City of Charlottesville—can help.
Options Counseling is a process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy services which promote positive outcomes. At all times, the individual is an active part of the process.
Options Counselors conduct an in-depth conversation with the individual and/or their family to educate them about the specific resources available for care and services in their community. This process assists the individual in obtaining and maintaining optimum functioning in the least restrictive environment possible while respecting the individual’s right to self-determination.
Adults 60 years of age and above or adults with disabilities qualify for this service. A request for a JABA Options Counselor may be made by the prospective client, their family, or any individual or agency acting on their behalf. The Options Counselor will take the following steps on behalf of the requestor:
- Meet with the individual to determine their specific needs
- Develop a mutually agreed upon action plan specifically tailored for the individual
- Assist the individual to advocate for themselves as they implement their action plan
- Evaluate the results and adjust the action plan to meet changing needs
For more information on choosing the right options for you, please contact one of JABA’s Options Counselors near you.