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Name Change Within Aging Division

10/31/2012

The Aging Division’s Senior Services Section, part of the Wyoming Department of Health, is changing its name to the Community Living Section.

According to Tim Ernst, Aging Division deputy administrator for the Community Living Section, the new name better reflects the section’s broad mission. “We’re focused on increasing the self-sufficiency, safety, health and wellness of Wyoming’s older adults and people with disabilities,” Ernst said.  

Ernst said his division supports a wide variety of services offered by community partners for residents from 18 to 120 years of age throughout Wyoming.  “We are proud of the role we play in helping people lead productive, independent lives as long as possible.” 

Available services include forms help, home-delivered meals, socialization, personal care, homemaking, personal emergency response systems (such as Lifeline) and exercise. 

April Getchius, Aging Division senior administrator, said “Whether we’re aiding an older resident or someone facing challenges caused by disabilities, we want to help people live in their own homes while they’re able rather than seeing them live in facilities such as nursing homes before it truly becomes necessary.”

The Aging Division also includes the Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys, the Veteran’s Home of Wyoming in Buffalo, the Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis and the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin.

For more information on the programs supported by the Community Living Section, please call 1-800-442-2766 or visit http://www.health.wyo.gov/aging/services/index.html online.


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