Beginning January 26, Council on Aging (COA) will have a representative on board Hamilton County’s brand-new 513Relief Bus during a portion of its 2023 outreach events.
Hamilton County Commissioners launched the new bus on Jan. 26 with a press conference and ribbon cutting at Corinthian Baptist Church in Cincinnati.
The bus is an offshoot of 513Relief.org, a Hamilton County Board of Commissioners program launched at the height of the pandemic to connect residents with the various federal, state and local programs designed to help families find stability in challenging times.
COA is southwestern Ohio’s “front door” to resources and information related to aging, disability, caregiving and long-term care services. The agency’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is staffed by certified specialists dedicated to answering questions, sharing information about options, and connecting individuals to the community resources and services that can best meet their needs related to these areas.
“We are excited about this opportunity because it lets us literally take the services provided by our ADRC specialists on the road to meet community members where they are,” said Kim Clark, COA’s director of community and business operations. “It helps us to educate the community about COA’s role as the region’s front door to aging-related services and information,” Clark said.
ADRC specialists assigned to the bus will meet face-to-face with older adults and caregivers to:
- Screen for potential qualification for COA programs and services.
- Connect them to aging- and disability-related community resources.
- Provide advice and direction related to aging, disability, caregiving or long-term care services.
For more information about the 513Relief Bus and an events calendar that shows when COA will be on board the bus, click here.