According to Policy Matters Ohio, an estimated 227,862 children under 18 live with their grandparent(s) or other relatives in Ohio and 124,000 children live with a relative with no parent present.

Kinship Care refers to a temporary or permanent arrangement in which a relative or any non-relative adult who has a long-standing relationship or bond with the child and/or family, has taken over the full-time, substitute care of a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so. Kinship Care includes those relationships established through an informal arrangement, legal custody or guardianship order, a relative foster care placement or kinship adoption. Regardless of the type of kinship care arrangement, the kinship caregivers' voluntary commitment to devote their lives to the children in their care is a courageous, life-changing decision (

Ohio kinship organizations

Ohio Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program (OhioKAN) is a flexible and responsive kinship and adoption navigator program designed to support children, youth and their families.

Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Coalition (OGKC) is an organization consisting of kinship caregivers,
kinship caregiver advocates and agencies throughout Ohio.

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Office of Families and Children is responsible for state level administration and oversight of programs that prevent child abuse and neglect; provide services to abused/neglected children and their families (birth, foster and adoptive); license foster homes and residential facilities; and investigate allegations of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

Important documents for kinship caregivers

Kinship Power of Attorney

Caretaker Authorization Affidavit

COAAA Kinshire Care Guide

Caregiver Support and Support Groups

COAAA hosts workshops and support groups to help caregivers.

Caregiver Support Group helps family and friends of individuals with dementia. This free group meets virtually each Monday from 10 am-11:30 am on Zoom. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers the VA caregiver support program.

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

Caregiver Toolbox 

A listing of our Caregiver Toolbox topics, videos, and handouts is located on the Caregiver Publications & Videos page.


Trualta is a personalized online site that offers information and training on topics that support family members caring for aging loved ones living at home. COAAA is partnering with Trualta to offer this resource at no cost to central Ohio caregivers in COAAA's eight-county area.

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.

The Central Ohio Respite Guide offers information and resources for planned or emergency temporary relief for caregivers.

County partners for respite and supplemental services are:

Delaware SourcePoint: 740-363-6677 or 800-994-2255
Fairfield Meals on Wheels of Fairfield County: 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



Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging provides Medicare support to central Ohio residents.  Navigating the Medicare system can be difficult.  COAAA has knowledgeable and experienced staff available to answer your questions.  COAAA does not represent or sell insurance products and provides unbiased information to central Ohio residents.  We can provide help on all areas of Medicare, such as:

  • Medicare benefits
  • Medicare Part A and Part B
  • Medicare Advantage, or Part C
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Medicare coverage gaps
  • Preventative benefits

Medicare for Beginners Video Series

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging created this series of short videos to introduce you to five Medicare topics.

  • Medicare Part A: This part of Medicare pays expenses when the person has been admitted to the hospital. 
  • Medicare Part B: This part of Medicare provides coverage for doctor services, many medical services provided outside a hospital or on an outpatient basis at a hospital, preventive care, and durable medical equipment.
  • Medicare Advantage: Also known as Medicare Part C, this is an alternative to Medicare and is offered by private companies that contract with Medicare, and include hospital, and medical and prescription coverage all under one plan.
  • Financial assistance: Information about programs that can assist eligible individuals in paying costs not covered by original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • Medicare vs. Medicaid: An overview of the differences between Medicare and Medicaid and the difference in coverage.
  • Medicare for Beginners: This 24-minute video provides an overview of all of the above topics collectively.

Medicare for Beginners Workshops

If you're new to Medicare or if you need help understanding your options, COAAA's free Medicare for Beginners workshops are a valuable resource for unbiased information to help you make informed decisions.  COAAA does not represent or sell insurance products, and provides unbiased Medicare information to residents. 

Please note that workshops vary in start time and between virtual and in-person meetings. In-person meetings are located at COAAA, 3776 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43207. Virtual meetings are currently through Zoom but, starting in May 2024, Medicare for Beginners virtual workshops will be through Microsoft Teams. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (800) 589-7277, or fill out our online request form if you have questions or need help with navigating the Medicare system.  

Upcoming 'Medicare for Beginners' workshops:

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (In-person)
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (In-person)
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (In-person)
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (Zoom)

How to Register for Medicare Workshops

Registration is required for the workshops.  Email Andy Haggard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.  If you have questions or need help navigating the Medicare system, you can call COAAA at 800-589-7277 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you would like to view a 'Medicare for Beginners' workshop, which includes informational slides along with an audio presentation, simply click play on the video below.    

Medicare for Beginners Information


COAAA Medicare 101: Medicare for Beginners slide show presentation.
Medicare 101 overview


The Ohio Department of Insurance publishes Medicare 101, an overview of information about Medicare Part A (inpatient coverage), Medicare Part B (outpatient coverage), Medicare Supplements (Medigap), Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and predatory sales practices.

Medicare Preventative Benefits

Medicare publishes a guide to preventive health services that includes information about what disease prevention is and why it’s important to understand, preventive health services Medicare covers and how often, who can get services, and what beneficiaries pay (often they pay nothing for many services).  Download a copy of Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Services.

Medicare Savings Program (MSP) & Medicare Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to income-eligible Medicare beneficiaries that helps pay for hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), monthly premiums (Medicare Part B), annual deductibles, and copayments for Medicare prescription drug coverage. 

MSP 2023 monthly income limits: $1661 single; $2239 couple
MSP 2023 maximum assets: $9090 single; $13,630 couple

Visit the Social Security Administration’s Extra Help page and the Medicare Savings Program page on to learn more about these financial assistance programs and how to apply. COAAA is also available to answer your Medicare questions.  Call 800-589-7277 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..       

Part D Prescription Drug Benefits & Low Income Subsidy (LIS)

For people who qualify, the Social Security Administration offers financial assistance for beneficiaries to assist with the cost of the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D).

LIS 2023 monthly income limits: $1843 single; $2239 couple
LIS 2023 maximum assets: $16,660 single; $33,240 couple

If you qualify and are approved for extra help and do not yet have Part D, you may choose and enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. Your coverage will begin the first day of the month following your enrollment. 

Visit the Social Security Administration's Extra Help page to learn about the financial aid program and to apply online or contact COAAA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (800) 589-7277.

There are also several agencies available and willing to assist you in determining if you may qualify and help you through the process: 

Additional Contacts

For individuals NOT yet eligible for Medicare, please visit the following sites to explore assistance or discounts for prescription drugs:

This project was supported in part by grant number 2101OHMIAA/MIDR-00 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington D.C. 20201.  Subrecipients undertaking a project with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions.  Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

Caregiver Toolbox

Caregiver Toolbox workshops are offered free to community groups, businesses, and other organizations. The 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 (Online Video) (Handouts)
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 series 
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.
        Having the Conversation (Online Video) (Handouts)
        Important Documents (Online Video) (Handouts)
        Financial Realities of Medicare and Medicaid (Online Video) (Handouts
        Housing Choices (Online Video) (Handouts)
        After a Death (Online Video) (Handouts)
        If you are a Veteran (Online Video) (Handouts)

Navigating series 
Interacting with Healthcare Providers 
        In the Hospital Setting (Online Video) (Handouts)
        Palliative Vs. Hospice Care (Online Video) (Handouts)
        Finding and Managing Care at Home  
        Finding and Managing Care in a Long Term Care Facility (Online Video) (Handouts)

Nuts and Bolts of Care series 
Moving, Lifting and Transferring 
        Managing Medications 
        Common Equipment and their Use 
        Adapting the Home 

Preventing Burnout series 
Caregiving Through the Holidays (Online Video) (Handouts)
        Commons Signs of Burnout (Online Video) (Handouts)
        Strategies for Treating and Preventing Burnout 
        Common Family Dynamic (Online Video) (Handouts
        Challenging Care Situations (Online Video) (Handouts)

Dementia series 
What Do We Mean by Dementia? (Online Video) (Handouts)
        As The Brain Deteriorates: What Stays and What Goes? (Online Video) (Handouts
        Managing Common Behaviors: Wandering, Bathing, Toileting, Sleeping, Eating (Online Video) (Handouts)

Caregiver Workshops & 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 BrochureContact 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.

Caregiver Publications

COAAA Resource Guides cover a variety of topics. Guides can be downloaded or ordered free of charge from COAAA. Topics include caregiving, housing and downsizing, utility assistance, transportation, and more.

A few key Resource Guides are listed below and more can be found at

Caregiver Toolbox - Guide to Independent Living
Housing and Home Repair Guide (Senior)
In-Home Care & Hiring Guide
Long Term Care and Hospice Guide
Moving and Transitions Guide
Support Groups


ATTENTION: PASSPORT is accepting referrals to the home-care program. Call PASSPORT Intake at (614) 645-7250.

PASSPORT provides help at home for seniors as an alternative to nursing home care.

Senior services available include homemaker, transportation, personal care services, home-delivered meals, emergency response systems, adult day services, and case management.

PASSPORT, providing help at home for Ohio seniors, is also referred to as Ohio's home and community based Medicaid-waiver program for older adults.

Click here to download the PASSPORT flyer or visit the Ohio Department of Aging's PASSPORT webpage.

Request additional information for you or a loved one HERE.


To be eligible, a person must be 60 or older, meet financial requirements, and have qualifying functional impairments (health problems, etc.). There are other eligibility requirements - please call or email to learn more about help at home for seniors.

In addition, those who are eligible for PASSPORT in Ohio receive a Medicaid card to cover the cost of medications and health care.

How do I apply?

For additional information on help at home, please call the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (614) 645-7250 or (800) 589-7277.