More seniors and adults with disabilities in Jackson and Josephine counties could benefit from new contracts the Rogue Valley Council of Governments awarded to two local in-home service providers.

“This is the first time we awarded the contract to two providers,” said Berta Varble, Senior and Disability Services operations manager. “They are both very qualified.”

RVCOG awarded Addus HomeCare and AllCare In Home Support Services one-year contracts to serve clients qualified under Oregon Project Independence during RVCOG's June 28 meeting. The program will allow OPI clients to receive in-home services without paying much money for it, Varble said.

“RVCOG does all of the invoicing,” she said. “Most of our consumers have limited resources."

Varble said RVCOG will pay $250,610 for senior care and $228,425 for adults with disabilities through the contracts with Addus and AllCare this year.

With two providers, RVCOG will be able to increase its services and serve more OPI clients in Jackson and Josephine counties, from 159 seniors and 76 adults with disabilities last year to 200 and 100, respectively, Varble said.

OPI, established in 1975 and funded by the state, aims to help seniors and adults with disabilities stay at home and get help with daily activities. Clients often suffer mental instability or physical disabilities and don’t receive full medical coverage through Medicaid. The services include basic hygiene, dressing, eating, transferring and monitoring medical conditions.

According to a 2014 state report, 50 percent of OPI clients need help with at least two daily living activities, 37 percent don’t have help from family or friends, and about 60 percent live alone.

RVCOG also pointed out in its draft contract that its typical clients may have worn out their social support system, have been involved with numerous support service agencies, have impaired cognitive abilities or have severe mental health issues.

According to a press release, the contract started July 1 and runs through June 30, 2018, and it could be extended four years to 2021.

AllCare In Home Support Services is the largest independently owned, local in-home service provider and has more than 200 employees, said Ali Dean, AllCare director.

“It’s a testament to our services,” Dean said. “We are honored that we were selected, and hope this will be an opportunity to help spread the word of our services.”

— Reach reporting intern Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or by email at tnguyen@mailtribune.com.