COA steps in to help client and caregiver after adult day program closes

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The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked many worlds, including the lives of Suzie and Priscilla. Suzie, 53, is the primary caregiver for her 69-year-old mother, Priscilla. Priscilla’s recent stroke meant she needed continuous care and help moving around – sometimes using a wheelchair. Beginning in 2019, when she enrolled in the Clinton County Elderly Services Program (ESP), Priscilla went to adult day care while her daughter was at working her job in customer service. When the pandemic began in March, adult day centers closed and Priscilla had nowhere to go. That meant Suzie couldn’t work. She became her mother’s full-time caretaker, in the home they shared in Wilmington. Read the full story.

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Teamwork helps clients caught in perfect storm of COVID-19 and power outages

As if the social and emotional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic weren’t enough, during the evening and overnight hours of April 8, 2020, a large portion of Council on Aging’s service area experienced a line of severe weather. Many people in our region were left without power for 24 hours or more – including older adults living in several area senior apartment buildings. Read the full story.

COVID-19 success stories

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Belle Tower residents receive special meals and much-needed supplies

We are lucky enough to be able to take care of area seniors – especially when they need a little extra help because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Through partnerships with area organizations, we delivered personal supplies and needed food to our community’s older adults. Surprising the residents, COA worked with Central Connections to deliver approximately 125 LaRosa’s famous recipe spaghetti dinners that brought smiles to the residents’ faces. COA also delivered boxes of personal care supplies for each resident. Read the full story.

Clinton County client weathers pandemic with help from COA

If Joan can do something, she will. She is an independent person, but knows that as she is aging, she cannot do it all. Joan has been a Clinton County Elderly Services Program (ESP) client for a few years, receiving weekly light homemaking as well as an electronic monitoring system. When COVID-19 entered the world and changed lives, times were uncertain. Council on Aging and ESP were able to be a support for Joan. Her ESP care manager, Carla, was able to provide some personal supplies – toilet tissue, paper towels, disinfectant spray and wipes. As if things weren’t uncertain enough, the wheel on Joan’s walker broke. Because of the health crisis, she was not able to get a new one delivered. However, Carla stepped in and was able to get it and deliver it to Joan, making her life easier. “Council on Aging has been a great help. Without them, I would have to go to a nursing home.”

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COA distributes 10,000 wellness kits to older adults in southwestern Ohio

In an ongoing effort to help protect and support vulnerable adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, Council on Aging (COA) partnered with the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) and Pro Seniors to distribute 10,000 wellness kits to older adults in the region.  

The wellness kits included reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and education materials regarding the virus, resources, and frauds and scams. The kits were paid for by funding from the CARES Act. Read the full story.

COA answers call when food shortages reported at Butler County senior apartment buildings

On May 1, managers at two Butler County low-income apartment buildings contacted the Butler County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to report that residents were running out of food. Council on Aging had been working with county EMA offices to distribute supplies and food to service providers and older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it was natural that Matt Haverkos, Butler County EMA’s director, reached out to COA for help. Within hours, COA staff had plans in motion to deliver boxes of self-stable food to residents in each building – many of the residents were older adults. Local restaurant group, Frisch’s, also donated supplies from its commissary. Read the full story.

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COA helps Hamilton County resident with food and supplies during the pandemic

John served his country in Vietnam. Last year, it was COA's turn to serve him. Just prior to the COVID-19 health crisis, John’s life changed when he lost his part-time job, his house and his car. When the pandemic changed the world, John decided to reach out to us for help. COA enrolled John in home-delivered meals and delivered a care package of personal supplies including toilet paper, disinfectant spray and wipes and mouthwash. When he received the package, he called COA right away to express his happiness and thanks. “I really appreciate you all. Without you, I don’t know what I would do.” Through this difficult time, John is convinced “things will come out better” and he is so happy to see “everyone come together to help each other.”

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COA partners with Taste of Belgium to deliver comfort meals in Warren County

It takes two to tango – even during a pandemic. That’s why Council on Aging and local restaurant group, Taste of Belgium, partnered to deliver comfort meals to low-income senior buildings, ensuring our community’s older neighbors felt remembered and special during this difficult time. Read the full story.

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