Caregiver Advice & Education

Our knowledgeable staff provide free caregiver advice, education and support for those helping loved ones. If your loved one needs help at home, our staff can offer advice on services available, respite help, hiring, financial assistance, and senior housing via telephone or in-home consultation. 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 information, resources and answers, contact the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging at (614) 645-7250, (800) 589-7277 or through our online request form.

Caregiver Support Groups, Workshops and Publications

COAAA hosts workshops and support groups to help caregivers.

Conversations About Caregiving helps connect individuals with resources and lets them share experiences and information with others. These free monthly sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month in 2019. Participants also receive a free Caregiver Resource Manual. 

Caregiver Support Group helps family and friends of individuals with dementia. This free group meets monthly on the second Monday of each month. The Alzheimer’s Association offers additional Alzheimer support groups throughout the region.  The Department of Veterans Affairs offeres VA support groups in Columbus.

The Central Ohio Support Group Guide provides information about support groups offered throughout the region for a variety of conditions, needs and experiences.

The Central Ohio Private Home Care Guide is for families who will be using private resources to pay for care. The guide provides information on the types of home health care services available and a list of organizations that provide services.

The Central Ohio Long-term Care and Hospice Guide lists nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, adult care homes, and hospices in COAAA’s eight-county service area.

The Central Ohio Respite Guide explains the various types of respite services and lists care facilities that offer short-term respite stays for the individual receiving care.   

Caregiver Toolbox workshops are offered free to groups throughout COAAA's eight counties and can be modified to meet your needs.

Caregiver Toolbox Topics:

Caregiver Toolbox workshops are offered free to community groups, businesses and other organizations.  The eight Toolbox topics address everyday challenges that may be experienced by someone caring for an older adult or person with a disability.  COAAA caregiving experts can present individual topics or the entire series. To schedule a topic or the Toolbox series for your group, please contact Lynn Dobb at 614-645-3885 or 800-589-7277.

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 the 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 com-munity to the nursing home setting. Discusses choosing a facility, strategies for managing care, and residents’ rights.

Navigating the Healthcare Maze
Learn about consumer rights and tips for getting high-quality care in various settings.

Preventing Burnout
Identify signs of caregiver stress and burnout; com-mon emotions and coping strategies discussed.

Family Dynamics and Aging
Learn how long-standing family relationships and communication patterns impact caregiving.   This workshop will explore common caregiving challenges for families. Techniques to improve communication and overcome obstacles in care planning will be discussed.      

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.

Caregiver Respite and Supplemental Services

COAAA provides funding to specific county agencies to deliver caregiver respite services. Respite is short-term help to alleviate caregiver stress and includes institutional respite, traditional respite, or overnight respite.

COAAA funding gives county partners flexibility in providing supplemental caregiver services such as emergency help with purchasing medications, or assisting with caregiver travel are some examples.

County partners for respite and supplemental services are:

Delaware: SourcePoint, 740-363-6677 or 800-994-2255
Fairfield: Meals on Wheels, 740-681-5050 or 866-654-9830
Fayette: Community Action Agency of Fayette County, 740-335-2159
Franklin: Franklin County Office on Aging, 614-525-6200
Licking: Licking County Aging Program, 740-345-0821 or 800-452-0097
Madison: Madison County Senior Center, 740-852-3001
Pickaway: Pickaway Senior Center, 740-474-8831
Union: Union County Senior Services, 937-644-1010 or 866-722-9629

Tips for Caregiving During the Holidays

Education and Training

Caregiver workshops are available free of charge in COAAA’s eight counties. County partners may offer training and education sessions as well. For a list of topics view our Educational Presentations Brochure. Contact COAAA to find out if trainings are currently scheduled in your county or to make arrangements for caregiver workshops for your group.

COAAA offers free training for first responders that highlights tips and resources for interacting with older or frail adults and their caregivers? One of the topics includes interactions with people with sensory impairments, cognitive impairments, and dementia.

Plain Talk Series

The Plain Talk Series, co-sponsored by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services, features speakers from a number of professions who provide information on topics such as downsizing, hospice and palliative care, dementia, and much more.  All presentations start at 1 p.m. and are located at COAAA, 3776 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43207.  The presentations are FREE and open to the public.  To RSVP, please call Patty Callahan at 614-645-7705.  To learn more about upcoming dates and topics for Plain Talk Series presentations, view our Plain Talk Series Presentation Flyer.  

Ready to get help? Call COAAA at (800) 589-7277.