Vaccination program helping homebound residents | Seniors and the disabled are able to be vaccinated

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on April 07, 2021 with No Comments

Our team is partnering with the Porter County Health Department to ensure that homebound community members receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

We are assisting with the assessment process and entering eligible residents into the system to provide them with in-home vaccinations.

The statewide program is aimed at those most vulnerable Hoosiers who may not have access to the vaccine due to limitations.

Here is how it works:

  • Call us at 219-464-9736 and select 1 (Energy Assistance) or 5 (Emergency Assistance).
  • Our team will determine if you are eligible to receive the vaccination in your home.
  • Once eligible, you will be entered into the Hoosier Homebound Portal.
  • The Health Department will work with local EMS providers, who will be coming out to your home and administering your vaccine.
  • You will receive a phone call from the Health Department to schedule a date and time for the vaccination.

The program requirements are as follows:

You must need the aid of supportive devices such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs or walkers; special transportation; or help from another individual to leave your home due to illness or injury.

OR

You have a condition for which leaving your home is medically contradicted.

If you meet one of these requirements, then you must meet both of the following to be eligible:

There must be a normal inability to leave your home AND leaving your home would require a considerable and taxing effort.

We will be happy to discuss your eligibility to be a participant in this program.

We are honored to work with our local officials to ensure our seniors and the disabled are able to be vaccinated.

For more information, visit https://www.porterco.org/1732/Homebound-Hoosier-Vaccination-Project.

Join our team

Our transportation program is vital to so many community members! It is a door-to-door demand-response service for the disabled and seniors in our county that need to get to medical appointments, errands or get-togethers.

Beyond being behind the wheel, our bus drivers provide help by carrying groceries, assisting with wheelchairs, canes, etc. and helping riders get on and off the bus and to and from their doors.

We are hiring full-time bus drivers to join our team and help us provide this important community service. A chauffeur’s license is needed to drive.

If you are interested in applying, please call us at 219-464-9736.

 

 

 

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About Bruce Lindner

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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