About Council on Aging
|"In our vision, older adults and people with disabilities will have access to services that help them remain independent and live with dignity among the things and people they love." Council on Aging CEO Suzanne Burke, pictured with PASSPORT client, Opal, on her 100th birthday. Opal has since passed away.
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life for older adults, people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. We promote choice, independence, dignity and well-being through a range of services that help people remain in their homes for as long as possible.
COA is a state-designated Area Agency on Aging, serving a 21-county region. One call to COA links people to the wide variety of agencies, information and programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities.
COA has more than 250 employees, more than 200 contracted providers, and an annual budget of over $70 million.
Council on Aging`s mission is to enhance people's lives by assisting them to remain independent at home through a range of quality services.
Every individual in our region shall have a choice and a range of services and programs that will assist them to remain independent in their chosen environment.
Who We Are and What We Do
COA is part of the national aging services network. This network includes the U.S. Administration for Community Living at the federal level, and the Ohio Department of Aging at the state level. COA is one of 12 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in Ohio and 618 nationwide. As an Area Aging on Agency, we are responsible for planning, coordinating and administrating local, state and federally funded programs and services for older adults and people with disabilities in our planning and service area: Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties.
For one program - the Ohio Home Care Waiver - COA serves a 21-county region in western Ohio, from Cincinnati north to Lima.
With more than 40 years of experience, Council on Aging is...
- A "front door" to information and resources, responding to more than 45,000 requests for information and referrals annually
- A program administrator and care management organization helping nearly 20,000 people annually to remain independent via affordable, high-quality home and community-based services
- An innovator, developing programs and pilot projects that improve health care and reduce costs, such as Care Transitions, which helps seniors avoid readmissions to hospitals
- An advocate, educating elected officials and building collaborations to develop age-and disability-friendly communities
- A steward of public funds, working always to provide the highest quality services for the lowest possible cost to serve as many clients as possible with the tax dollars
We can help you:
- Get unbiased information and connect to community resources
- Obtain high-quality, affordable in-home care services for those eligible
- Plan for the future and explore options for long-term care
For data, financial information and client stories and photos, please see our annual reports.
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