There’s some good news for senior citizens and their families. The Area on Aging’s Passport Program was dealing with funding issues, but those have now been resolved. The Passport Program works to keep people who are sixty and over in their homes as long as possible, rather than forcing them to enter a nursing home earlier than necessary. Community Education Coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging, Laurel Dubeck, says, “Our budget has been cut and we did have a waiting list for awhile…but Governor Taft did resign the budget and we are now fully funded.” There are certain criteria that have to be met to apply for the program. A person must need the same type of care that they would receive in a nursing home and they must meet financial eligibility. The Passport Program includes personal care, home delivered meals, and emergency systems. If you know someone who may benefit from any of the programs, you can contact the agency at 1-800-945-4250.