Caregiver Advice & Education

Our staff provide free caregiver advice, education and support for those helping loved ones. If your loved one needs help at home, our staff can advise on hiring, financial help, and senior housing.

Call our caregiver advocate line at 1-866-750-CARE (2273), or check out our highlighted resources below. Request additional caregiver information for you or a loved one through our online request form.

Free Long-Term Care consultations are available to Ohioans who want to be better prepared for senior living, senior housing, or for help at home. For a free Long-term Care Consultation call the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging at 614-645-7250 or 1-800-589-7277.


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Information and Assistance

Whether your loved one needs help at home, or you are looking for financial help, our staff help address the needs and concerns of caregivers and their families.

Counseling

Help for caregivers is available via telephone or in-home consultation. A professional can provide one-on-one help to caregivers with difficult needs.

Education and Training

Caregiver workshops are available in Columbus and central Ohio, free of charge. Please call to find out if trainings are currently scheduled in your county or to make arrangements for caregiver workshops to your county. Our county partners may offer other types of training and education sessions as well. For a list of topics view our Educational Presentations Brochure.

Caregiver Respite Services

Short-term help to alleviate caregiver stress are also available. Caregiver help that encompasses services such as institutional respite, traditional respite, or overnight respite can be accessed through the county partners. County partners are listed in our Caregiver Brochure.

Supplemental Services

These caregiver services allow flexibility to our partners to meet diverse caregiver needs. Emergency help with purchasing medications, or assisting with caregiver travel are some examples.

Caregiver Support Groups

     Alzheimer Support Groups

     Central Ohio Support Group Guide

    Dementia Support Group - The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging will offer, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio, a monthly support group for caregivers. Find support and helpful suggestions in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias. For more information, call: 614-645-7705, 1-800-589-7277 toll free. The support group will meet the 2nd Monday of the month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

 

Caregiver Workshops & Presentations

Free sessions are available for groups throughout COAAA's eight counties and can be modified to meet your needs. To schedule a topic for your group, please contact Lynn Dobb at 614-645-3885 or 1-800-589-7277.

 

Caregiver Toolbox Presentation Topics:

  • Accessing Aging Resources: Caring for a loved one? Learn about resources and services that can help older adults and their family and friends assisting them with everyday living.
  • Planning Ahead: What you Need to Know Avoid making critical decisions in the midst of a health crisis. Long-term care, the financial realities and legal tools for planning are discussed. Also addresses key considerations and resources to help with planning after a death of a loved one.
  • Caring for Someone in the Home: Receive tips and practice techniques for providing home care.
  • Caring for Someone in a Care Facility: For families transitioning a loved one from the community to the nursing home setting. Discusses choosing a facility, strategies for managing care, and residents’ rights.
  • Navigating the Healthcare Maze: Learn about consumer rights, tips for getting high quality care in various settings.
  • Preventing Burnout: Identify signs of caregiver stress and burnout; common emotions and coping strategies discussed.
  • Family Dynamics and Aging: Learn common characteristics of spouses, adult children and siblings involved in caregiving.
  • Caring for a Difficult Family Member: Discuss circumstances which can provoke “difficult” behaviors, and learn techniques for coping with these behaviors.

Legal Resources

When an individual requires help in paying for long-term care in the home or in a care facility, they typically apply for Medicaid.  Pro Seniors, Inc., a legal hotline for older Ohioans, can help you determine whether you need legal assistance to apply for Medicaid because of your particular circumstances.  When you call Pro Seniors, a volunteer attorney will arrange a time to call you back and provide a free half hour consultation.  Although Pro Seniors provides ongoing legal assistance to individuals who live in the Cincinnati area, they can offer you information about other organizations throughout Ohio that provide legal assistance. 

The toll-free number for Pro Seniors is 1-800-488-6070.  

The website, www.proseniors.org has fact sheets on a wide-range of important legal topics, advance directive forms such as a Power of Attorney for Healthcare and a Living Will and can guide you through creating a simple last will and testament. 

Other Resources

Ready to get help? Call COAAA at (800) 589-7277 or fill out our online request form.