Discount Prescription Drug Program Flourishes

In two years, Hamilton County’s discount card for presciption drugs has been used by more than 17,000 people to buy 40,000 prescriptions. Those people have saved an average of $9.85 per purchase — a grand total of more than $394,000 in savings!

The Hamilton County Rx card is accepted at most local pharmacies and is perfect for:

— County residents who are uninsured.
— County residents who are insured but a drug may not be covered on their insurance plan.
— County residents who must buy human drugs for their pets.

For more information, visit http://www.hamiltoncountyrx.com/ or call 946-1010. Visit our agency at 222 E. Central Parkway to pick up your card today.

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Elder Abuse is Unacceptable

Everyone knows our agency for its child welfare work and our 241-KIDS hotline for reporting child abuse. Not as many know we also help protect the elderly.

Elder abuse is unacceptable. It takes many forms:

Neglect/Self-neglect
In this case, caregivers, or older adults themselves, are not meeting daily living needs. It can be intentional or unintentional. Self-neglect happens when older adults don’t want to, or can’t, do things on their own because of mental confusion or a physical disability.

Psychological Abuse
This is deliberate conduct that causes mental anguish and dehumanizes or belittles the older adult. Things like name-calling, threats of physical harm, or threats of placing the person in a nursing home are examples of psychological abuse.

Physical Abuse
When an older adult is deliberately hit and suffers bodily harm, that’s physical abuse. It also includes scratching, cuts, bruises, broken bones, physical restraint, attempted murder and murder.

Exploitation
This means theft of money, assets or other valuables. Assets include cash, Social Security and retirement funds, real estate, jewelry, furniture or any other items of value. People who might exploit an older adult include family members, caregivers, housekeepers, sales persons, and even telephone scammers.

If you feel someone you know is in one of the above situations, please notify us via our elder abuse reporting hotline, 421-LIFE.

Adoptive families needed

Our adoption manager appeared on WCPO Sunday to talk about the need for adoptive parents. We have more than 200 children awaiting loving families and half are teenagers. Older children need and want a family just as much as younger ones. Think about it, even after you turned 18, how many times did you count on your family and how many memories do you have of good times with family?

http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/parents-needed

Looking for Everyday Heroes (Foster Parents)

Here’s the latest commercial from the Everyday Heroes collaborative. We started this collaborative a couple of years ago with the goal of increasing the number of foster families in the Greater Cincinnati area. On any given day, we have 850 foster children in this county alone. For more information on those children, visit www.hckids.org and for more information on the Everyday Heroes campaign, visit www.fosterhero.com.

Are you faster than a speedy little toddler? More powerful than a stubborn teen? Able to leap small problems in a single bound? Then you have the power to change a child’s life. You can be an Everyday Hero! Check out the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNN-xdHxh3c