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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Council on Aging releases 2013 annual report

2013 Annual Report coverpage
Council on Aging's 2013 Annual Report

Council on Aging’s 2013 Annual Report includes data, photos and personal stories that highlight our changing role in local and state health care systems. Through programs such as MyCare Ohio (the state’s new integrated care system for people enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid) and Care Transitions, we are working to strengthen the points where health care and long-term care connect.

As the Area Agency on Aging for Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties, Council on Aging is in our community every day, working with seniors, other individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. In 2013, COA:

  • Helped 19,831 people to remain independent in their homes through programs such as PASSPORT, the Assisted Living Waiver, and the county-based Elderly Services Program
  • Assessed 5,283 high-risk, hospitalized Medicare patients for Care Transitions interventions designed to help prevent the need to return to the hospital
  • Contracted with and monitored nearly 200 provider organizations that delivered services to eligible seniors and people with disabilities, including 1.97 million home-delivered meals to 9,433 homebound older adults, and 2.16 million hours of other in-home services 
  • Responded to 35,203 requests for information and referral, a 20 percent increase over 2012
  • Provided planning and oversight for community services funded by the federal Older Americans Act, including 198,939 congregate meals and 299,347 transportation trips for medical and senior center activities
  • Facilitated more than 100 advocacy meetings with elected officials and candidates, including home visits with COA clients

The report also highlights Council on Aging’s efforts to help people move from nursing homes to more independent home and community-based settings. COA’s Community Transitions specialists work in our region’s nursing facilities to help individuals and families navigate the complicated process of transitioning from one care setting to another. Of the 290 nursing home residents assessed for Community Transitions in 2013, more than 65 percent were able to leave nursing homes and return to homes of their own.

Click here to read COA’s 2013 Annual Report. The 2013 report, as well as previous years’ reports and the Elderly Services Program annual reports, are available on the Reports and Data page of our website. To request a hard copy of the 2013 report, send us an email with your name, address and quantity requested.

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