Human Services

Council On Aging of Southwestern Ohio

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • www.help4seniors.org

Mission Statement

Mission: Council on Aging's mission is to enhance the lives of adults by assisting them to remain independent at home through a range of quality services. Vision: Every senior adult 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.

Main Programs

  1. Older Americans Act Services (Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Senior Centers)
  2. PASSPORT
  3. Elderly Services Program
  4. Caregiver Education and Support
  5. Assisted Living Waiver
  6. Care Transitions
  7. Community Transitions/Home Choice

service areas

Ohio

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Areas Served Narrative

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio is the state-designated Area Agency on Aging for five southwestern Ohio counties, including Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties.

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ruling year

1972

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Suzanne Burke

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Keywords

long-term care, help for seniors, in-home care, council on aging, senior services, Medicare, caregiving, nursing homes, assisted living

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EIN

31-0807186

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Council on Aging is at the center of our region's age transformation, working in every venue ranging from seniors’ homes, to hospitals, to nursing homes, to community organizations.

Council on Aging:

Operates the “front door” to our region’s aging and disability resources. COA Aging and Disability Resource Connections: responded to 29,322 requests about help for seniors.

Coordinates and manages long-term care services and supports for older and disabled adults. Programs including PASSPORT, the Elderly Services Program and the Assisted Living Waiver enabled 20,459 people in five counties to remain independent in their homes and out of nursing facilities.
• 2.1 million hours of in-home care
• Nearly 2 million home-delivered meals to 10,011 home-bound older adults

Helps seniors get home from the hospital and avoid the need to return. Care Transitions is Council on Aging’s new health coaching program for hospitalized seniors. Five hospitals are participating in the Southwest Ohio Care Transitions Collaborative. As of July, 2012, the average 30-day readmission rate for the five hospitals was 21.7 percent. In contrast, the readmission rate for seniors who participated in the health coaching program was significantly lower, at 14.2 percent.

Funds and provides community services such as wellness activities, Alzheimer’s services, legal help, transportation, and outreach. Older Americans Act services included 209,584 congregate meals and 280,047 transportation trips (all funding sources) designed to help seniors stay healthy and active. Outreach: Participated in more than 160 community events and presentations to COA stakeholders.

Helps reform Ohio’s long-term care system through non-stop advocacy to increase compassionate and cost-effective options. Advocacy: Included 50 visits by elected officials and candidates to the homes of COA clients; and 62 meetings with elected officials, legislative aides and candidates, individually.

All figures for fiscal year ending 9/30/2012

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Older Americans Act Services (Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Senior Centers)

Title III of the federal Older Americans Act is the foundation of Ohio’s aging network. It authorizes funding to states and the Area Agencies on Aging for planning, developing and coordinating home and community-based services.

In southwestern Ohio, Council on Aging uses Title III funds to advocate for older adults and help them remain within their own homes and  communities. Money goes to senior centers and service organizations, such as Pro Seniors (legal assistance); and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission (Senior Olympics). COA also leverages Title III dollars with
state funds and county tax levies to provide home care services to seniors who are not eligible for PASSPORT.

Community services that receive Title III funds...
Adult Day Services, Respite, Alzheimer’s Education, Care Management,
Caregiver Education, Congregate Meals, Health Promotion, Home-delivered
Meals, Homemaker Services, Information and Referral, Legal Assistance,
Nutrition Education, Ombudsman Program, Personal Care,
Recreation/Socialization, and Transportation.

Category

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

None

None

Program 2

PASSPORT

PASSPORT is Ohio’s in-home alternative to nursing home care. It is a Medicaid waiver program that helps low-income older adults remain safe and independent in their homes. It can delay or prevent nursing home placement.

In 2008, more than 3,300 older adults in southwestern Ohio received
care in their home - instead of a nursing home - through PASSPORT. This
is a 9 percent increase over 2007. About 27,500 Ohioans receive
PASSPORT services every day, (nearly 34,000 annually), a six-fold
increase in 15 years. As a result, more Ohioans are receiving care in
lower cost, independent settings.

This is a win-win for seniors and taxpayers. On average, home care through PASSPORT costs taxpayers about $1,100 a month per person, compared to $4,800 for care in a Medicaid nursing home.Without PASSPORT, more older adults would be forced to leave their homes and enter nursing facilities.

The typical PASSPORT client is a woman in her late 70s, living alone,
in poverty and needing help with basic activities such as bathing and
meals.

PASSPORT provides services such as home-delivered meals, personal care,
home medical equipment and transportation to doctor's appointments, to
name a few. PASSPORT clients also have a care manager who advocates for
their needs, answers questions, and makes sure they receive the right
services. Care managers have their clients' best interests at heart.

To qualify for PASSPORT, you must be: 

Age 60 or older

Eligible for Medicaid (low-income)

In need of skilled or intermediate care: hands-on help with dressing, bathing, toileting, grooming, eating or mobility.

PASSPORT care is free of charge, or set at an affordable level depending upon income and assets.

On average, home care through PASSPORT costs taxpayers about $1,100 a month per person, compared to $4,800 for care in a Medicaid nursing home.

Category

Elderly and/or Disabled

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 3

Elderly Services Program

The Elderly Services Program (ESP) is a county taxpayer supported program that helps older adults remain safe and
independent in their homes. It expands care that may be provided by
family and friends. Through services such as meals on wheels, personal care and transportation to medical appointments, ESP can delay or prevent nursing home placement.

Clients who are financially able help pay for the cost of their care.

Category

Elderly and/or Disabled

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

None

Program 4

Caregiver Education and Support

Council on Aging's Caregiver Education and Support Program provides free in-home training and support for family or volunteer caregivers. The program works to: reduce caregiver stress, burden and injuries; increase caregiver confidence and knowledge; improve the quality of care; and help caregivers balance their lives and caregiving responsibilities.

Category

Elderly and/or Disabled

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Adults

Program 5

Assisted Living Waiver

Through the Assisted Living Waiver program, medicaid-eligible older adults can receive care in approved assisted living facilities. The Assisted Living Waiver is another long-term care option for low-income adults who want to live independently but who need caregiving and financial assistance.

Category

Elderly and/or Disabled

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

None

Program 6

Care Transitions

Care Transitions is a health coaching and intervention program in Greater Cincinnati for older adults who have been hospitalized for serious and usually chronic conditions, such as heart failure. It is designed to: Help frail seniors who have been discharged from the hospital avoid future preventable hospital admissions; and help patients access the most appropriate post-acute medical care and home and community-based services (and avoid the more costly nursing facility placements when not necessary).

Category

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

None

None

Program 7

Community Transitions/Home Choice

Council on Aging Community Transitions Specialists work in area nursing facilities to help families and staff identify patients who might qualify to receive services services in more independent home and community-based settings.

Category

Elderly and/or Disabled

Budget

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

None

service areas

Ohio

Self-reported by organization

Areas Served Narrative

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio is the state-designated Area Agency on Aging for five southwestern Ohio counties, including Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties.

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Additional Documents

Social Media

@Help4Seniors

@help_4_seniors

@council-on-aging-of-southwestern-ohio

@help4seniors

Funding Needs

By donating to Council on Aging, you help seniors remain in their homes and avoid unnecessary placement in nursing homes.Services include Meals on Wheels, housekeeping, transportation, and home accessibility improvements. Without this help, many seniors would be forced to leave home.Services are provided through the Elderly Services Program (ESP), administered by Council on Aging in four counties. The typical client is an 80-year-old woman living alone on less than $18,000 a year. She needs help but not a nursing home. Family helps some, but can't do it all.ESP is supported by taxpayers and donations that provide education to the public, including levy campaigns. ESP provides the only comprehensive, publicly-supported home care services for seniors in our region.  Every year, it helps more than 20,000 local seniors live their final years with independence and dignity.

Accreditations

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Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
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Council On Aging of Southwestern Ohio

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Suzanne Burke

BIO

Suzanne Burke became Chief Executive Officer of Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio in 2005. Previously, she was Director of the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services (HCJFS) and also served as the Acting Hamilton County Administrator. Ms. Burke began her career in the retirement community industry before moving to Hamilton County government where she worked for 17 years. She held a variety of positions there before becoming leader of HCJFS, the county's largest department. She has a bachelor's degree in Marketing with a minor in Gerontology from Miami University and a master's degree in Business Administration from Xavier University. Ms. Burke is President of the Board of the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging. She also serves on the boards of Every Child Succeeds; the Leadership Council of Human Services Executives; Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority; and iTN Greater Cincinnati.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

William Thornton

Warren County

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