• COAAA served 5,818 PASSPORT/Choices and Assisted Living clients in 2011 with an ending caseload of 4,289, an increase in the caseload of 221 people.
• COAAA served 27,230 older adults in central Ohio through local providers granted Older Americans Act funding for services such as congregate and home meals, transportation, a dult day care, home Urbancrest Mayor Joseph Barnes repair, homemaker legal delivers a LifeCare Alliance meal. and employment services.
COAAA, as a partnerof the Franklin CountyOffice on Aging,assessed 2,325 olderadults for SeniorOptions levy servicesand provides casemanagement servicesto 1,500 individuals.
COAAA provided QualityImprovement and Monitoringto 352 local service providerorganizations, including 30assisted living facilities andproviders of PASSPORT,Older Americans Act and levyservices in Franklin, Delawareand Fairfield Counties.In 2011, 39 new PASSPORTproviders were certified and 1new Assisted Living Facility.
• COAAA led state budget advocacy efforts in Central Ohio by promoting FairCare Ohio, discussing aging issues with 17 Representatives and Senators, participating in legislative events and budget testimony. Fifty-six million dollars was added to the PASSPORT program to allow continued enrollment in 2011-12.
• Partnered with Fairfield Medical Center to pilot a care transitions program that followed up with patients with frequent admissions and reduced re-admissions from 27% to 9%.• This resulted in submission of a grant to CMS that would extend the project with 3 Area Agencies on Aging and 4 hospitals.
• COAAA partnered with Access Health Columbus to implement a federal grant focused on outreach to primary care physicians to expand use of evidence-based health programs.
• Established an Interdisciplinary team in Franklin County in partnership with Franklin County Adult Protective Services and the Probate Court to address issues of elder abuse across the community.
• COAAA became a Home Choice care transitions provider through the VGP program and began to find housing and set up services for people leaving nursing homes after extended stays.
• COAAA continued its advocacy for Lifelong Communities, in partnership with MORPC, through an hour radio program on the topic, sponsorship of a forum and participation in a transportation and housing grant.• COAAA and MORPC also continued exploration of the Village Concept by surveying and interviewing older adults and community leaders regarding their perceptions of what communities should offer.
• Expanded the Volunteer Guardian Program to Licking Co. at the request of Probate Court Judge Robert Hoover.
• COAAA continued its sponsorship of the Franklin County Senior Roundtable led by Fran Ryan. The Roundtable has continued to grow with 227 organizations and a list serve of 393 members.
• COAAA partnered with the Franklin County Office on Aging and The Franklin County Senior Roundtable to expand the annual Expo to a larger Senior Living Festival held at Veterans Memorial. An estimated 1,700 people attended with 150 vendors, entertainment, and Medicare Part D comparisons.
• COAAA continued its commitment to provided Medicare assistance, providing one on one help for 1,031, group outreach to 1,061, client assistance to 211, part D comparisons for 136 and 218 LIS applications completed.• COAAA also provided direct assistance to 117 community professionals who work with Medicare beneficiaries.
• COAAA education activities included 172 Healthy Well and Wise presentations on a variety of health topics to 2,424 people.• Eleven lay leaders were trained to lead evidence based chronic disease education programs and along with partners, did 32 workshops that consist of 6 sessions, with 210 completing the series. Continuing Education Units were offered to the community through 26 professional education programs at COAAA.
• COAAA partnered with LifeCare Alliance, serving 4,264 older adults through the Senior Farmers Market program in six central Ohio counties. Each of those people received $50 vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at local markets. The program demand continues to grow leaving 618 on the wait list for coupons at the end of the year.
• COAAA partnered with Chase Bank corporate offices, Marysville Honda, Abercrombie and Fitch, and others to provide holiday gifts for more than 650 of COAAA’s frailest consumers.