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Margaret A. Corson
In 1978, Margaret (Margot) A. Corson saw a need to help older adults in Boone County. With a start up grant from Central Indiana Council on Aging (now CICOA--Aging & In-Home Services) she rented the 2 front rooms of a small blue house which was a realty company at 403 1/2 N Lebanon Street, Lebanon. Using a card table, chair, and phone she formed a Board of Directors, did the paperwork to be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and began searching for ways in which Boone County Senior Services, Inc. could assist the elderly.
The first program was Transportation. Mildred Shanklin came in to see Margot and offered to take the "ladies to the wash house." That year 125 trips were given. During 2010 the agency provided 25,498 trips to 1,418 different people.
The Friendly Visitor program followed. Then a Social Worker was hired to assess needs and assign helpers. The BCSSI Social Workers eventually became Care Managers for CICOA to work in the entire Area 8 Central Indiana area.
A Receptionist was hired, Senior Sounds began publication, and space was rented from the Senior Citizens Club at 707 S. Lebanon Street to provide a noon meal through CICOA and activities. When CICOA discontinued the noon meal at the site, BCSSI no longer rented the facility. However, the Lebanon Senior Citizens Club still holds their meetings, card parties, rummage sales and dinners at their facility.
Margot worked with Doc Bailey to develop a Home Health Program in cooperation with the Boone County Health Department. This was a unique concept and one which was shared across the country by the Indiana State Department of Health. BCSSI hired an RN to oversee the program four days a week and the county RN oversaw the program one day a week. Three Certified Nursing Assistants were employees of the county and provided the in-home personal care. Today, BCSSI handles the entire program and is licensed as a Personal Service Agency which still provides the personal home healthcare (non-skilled) as well as homemaking and respite.
Homemakers provided light housekeeping for the elderly and Volunteers were recruited to assist with providing information. Through a grant, a computer was purchased and one-on-one instruction was given. Margot eventually purchased the house at 403 N. Lebanon, and as the staff grew she moved into the larger space and rented the 2 rooms to an older adult. Finally she connected the entire house by adding a front entry.
Margot was a visionary who saw a great need and knew the needs of the older adults would only expand. She was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2000, but the foundation she set into place was solid!
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