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Senior Citizen's Guide to Southwest Ohio

Getting Help for Seniors
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio

If you’re an aging American, you are being courted by every conceivable enterprise offering programs, housing, services, devices, cosmetics, or treatments – whatever you need to put the shine on your golden years.

You’ve heard about long-term care insurance, assisted living, retirement communities, group homes, home health care, adult day services, and nursing homes.

But how do you sort it all out? Will you be able to “age in place” in your own home? How do you know what help is available in the community, where to get it, whether you qualify and whether it’s right for you? Where do you start?

Start with your Area Agency on Aging. Every region has one. There are more than 600 throughout the country, including 12 in Ohio. Many people, however, are not aware of this wonderful resource right in their own backyard.

In our region, the Area Agency on Aging is Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA). COA is a non-profit organization, incorporated in 1971, and designated by the Ohio Department of Aging to serve the older adults of Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties.

“We are the front door to services and resources for older adults in our region,” says Council on Aging CEO Suzanne Burke. “Our programs provide services that help adults maintain their independence and remain in their homes. In addition, our call center offers an unbiased, reliable source of information and connection to community resources. If you need answers on aging, you’re smart to start with COA.”

To Contact Council on Aging:

Call 800-252-0155 or 513-721-1025. Or visit At COA’s Web site, you can search for services, housing, and other resources; email a question; or chat live with a call center specialist.

COA receives federal, state and local funding to support its programs and services. Many services are free of charge or cost is set at an affordable level, depending on a person’s financial resources.

COA Services

Programs for in-home and community-based care

Disability and limited income need not keep you from staying safe and independent in your own home. A COA expert can determine whether you qualify for help from PASSPORT or the Elderly Services Program. These programs provide Meals on Wheels, personal care, home safety modifications, homemaking, transportation to medical appointments and many other services. Each year, nearly 18,000 seniors in our five-county region are able to remain in their homes and avoid unnecessary nursing home placement because of these programs.

Caregiver support and education

Care transitions

Hospital-based patient education and coaching to prevent avoidable re-hospitalization

Community services

Funding for services offered at senior centers such as health and wellness programs and transportation; legal help, speaker’s bureau, outreach

Answers on Aging

Connection to unbiased information, advice and resources for older and disabled adults.

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