Franklin County’s 2021 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was first observed on June 15, 2006 with the purpose to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. Source: National Center on Elder Abuse, www.ncea.acl.gov/WEAAD.aspx.

Each year, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging presents a one-day conference for professionals on topics concerning elder abuse and neglect.

The 2021 conference is scheduled for June 15 and will be presented virtually. The theme of the conference is “The $64,000 Question: How Financial Exploitation Impacts Elders and the Agencies Serving Them.”

Participating presenters and agencies in the 2021 conference are:

BMI Federal Credit Union
Website:  www.bmifcu.org/identity_theft_resource_center.html
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BMIFCU (@BMIFCU)
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BMIFCU  (@BMIFCU)
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bmi-federal-credit-union  (@bmi-federal-credit-union)
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bmifcu (@bmifcu)

 

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA)
Website: www.coaaa.org/cms/resources/crisis/adult-protective-service
Facebook: www.facebook.com/COAAAging  (@COAAAging)
Twitter: www.twitter.com/COAAAging  (@COAAAging)
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/coaaa
Instagram: www.instagram.com/coaaa_psa6  (@coaaa_psa6)

 

 

Franklin County Adult Protective Services 
Website: www.officeonaging.org/aps
Facebook: www.facebook.com/officeonaging (@officeonaging)
Twitter: www.twitter.com/OfficeonAging  (@OfficeonAging)
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/franklin-county-office-on-aging

 

 

 

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Adult Protective Services
Website: www.jfs.ohio.gov/ocf/aps.stm
Factsheet: www.jfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/aps_factsheet.pdf 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OhioJFS  (@OhioJFS)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OhioJFS  (@OhioJFS)
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ohio-department-of-job-and-family-services
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ohiojfs

 

 

Assistance in Selecting a Nursing Home

Medicare.gov - Nursing Home Compare
800-633-4227

On Medicare.gov you can a obtain a free copy of "A Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home." You can search their site to obtain and compare nursing home information from all parts of the country, including their performance at their last Medicare state survey.

Resolving Problems in Nursing Homes

Every nursing home should have a complaint procedure policy. If you have concerns or complaints, ask about the policy and follow the organization's procedures.

If you are still uncomfortable with the situation, you should start with the local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. If you have urgent care or safety issues, contact the Ohio Department of Health.

COAAA Long-Term Care Ombudsman
(614)221-5891 or (800)536-5891
( Operated by Easter Seals under contract with the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.) The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is empowered by both federal and state government to advocate for residents of adult care facilities, and nursing homes.

State Licensing/Certification Agency
Ohio Department of Health
800-342-0553 (nursing home complaint hotline)
TTY 614-752-6490
Ohio Nursing Home Complaints

Ohio State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Ohio Department of Aging
800-282-1206
50 West Broad Street, 9th Fl.
Columbus, OH 43215-5928

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-term Care

HOME Choice

Ohio's HOME Choice program transitions eligible Ohioans from institutional settings to home and community-based settings, where they receive services and supports at home and in their communities.

Established in 2008 with a goal of transitioning 2,000 Ohioans, the program has become a national leader in moving people back home.  As of July 1, 2019, more than 13,000 people have enjoyed a new-found independence through HOME Choice.

Who is eligible to participate?

To be eligible for HOME Choice an individual must:

  • Be enrolled in Medicaid
  • Have resided in a long-term care facility for at least 90 consecutive days
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have income to sustain community living
  • Participate in a needs assessment have a need for the program
  • Have care needs that can be adequately met in a community setting


How do I learn more and apply?

Individuals and family members/guardian will work with the long-term care facility and HOME Choice transition staff to apply, discuss and coordinate services and supports.

Questions about HOME Choice?

Call 1-888-221-1560 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HOME Choice Webpage:  https://www.medicaid.ohio.gov/FOR-OHIOANS/Programs/HOME-Choice

HOME Choice Fact Sheet

 

 

 

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, which serves Ohio’s Planning and Service Area 6 (PSA6), is operated under the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department of the City of Columbus. The agency was established in 1974 as part of the Older Americans Act and serves eight counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union.

There are 622 Area Agencies on Aging (often called triple-As) in the United States. Every county in the US is served by an area agency, which were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans 60 and over. The Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a) is a statewide network that serves as a collective voice for Ohio’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs).

COAAA’s focal point agencies serve designated counties and serve as local entry points through which seniors, people with disabilities, family members and caregivers, and other can access information, referral, assessment, and services provided or funded by COAAA. A list of COAAA’s focal point agencies is below; additional county-specific resources can be found on our website under Resources > Crisis/ Abuse/ Neglect.

COAAA County Focal Point Agencies

Delaware County
SourcePoint
800 Cheshire Dr.
Delaware, OH 43015
www.mysourcepoint.org
740-363-6677

Fairfield County
Meals on Wheels of Fairfield County
1515 Cedar Hill Road
Lancaster, OH 43130
www.mowfc.org
740-681-5050

Fayette County
Fayette County Commission on Aging
1179 S. Elm St.
Washington Ct. House, OH 43160
www.fayettecoa.com
740-335-2159

Franklin County
Franklin County Office on Aging
280 E. Broad St., 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
www.officeonaging.org
614-525-6200

Licking County
Licking County Aging Program
1058 E. Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
www.lcap.org
740-345-0821

Madison County
Madison County Senior Center
280 W. High St.
London, OH 43140
www.mcsenior.org
740-852-3001

Pickaway County
Pickaway Senior Center
2105 Chickasaw Dr.
P.O. Box 565
Circleville, OH 43113
www.pickawayseniors.org
740-474-8831

Union County
Union County Senior Services
940 London Avenue, Suite 1800
Marysville, Ohio 43040
www.co.union.oh.us
937-644-1010

 

COAAA publishes 10 resource guides that cover information on a variety of important topics. These helpful guides are updated annually and offer information about local agencies and organizations that provide services of interest to older adults and caregivers. Guides can be downloaded or ordered free of charge from COAAA.

 

The Older Adults Resource Guide includes contact information and resources for a wide range of services available to central Ohioans, including crisis and mental health services, consumer advocacy and legal services, family supports, and even pet supports.

If you’re not finding exactly what you need on our website, we can still point you in the right direction. Call COAAA at 1-800-589-7277 if you need information about other available resources.

Nesterly Central Ohio connects homeowners (Hosts) who have spare rooms to rent with people who are seeking a place to stay for longer than one month (Guests). This homesharing arrangement offers financial and social benefits to both Hosts and Guests. Hosts can earn extra income and can receive help with simple household chores; Guests can reduce their rent with participation in a task exchange and try out living in a new area of the city for a few months. Both Hosts and Guests have the chance to develop new friendships with someone of a differernt generation or background.

Homesharing through Nesterly is not intended for short-term rentals of less than one month. Frequently Asked Questions provides more details about logistics and process.

Trust and safety are paramount to Nesterly, and everyone goes through a multi-step screening process which includes an application, at least two references, and a complete background check before a homeshare is booked. Nesterly’s optional task exchange feature makes it simple for a Host to delegate pesky chores to a Guest in exchange for reduced rent.

Nesterly was founded by Noelle Marcus at MIT to tackle two big challenges: housing affordability and aging in place. Nesterly launched in Boston in 2017 and selected Columbus as its first expansion city in early 2019. COAAA is excited to collaborate with Nesterly, Age Friendly Columbus and Franklin County, and Age Friendly Delaware County to connect Hosts and Guests in Central Ohio.

Interested in becoming a Host or Guest? Visit www.nesterly.com to sign up or contact Frances, COAAA’s homesharing coordinator, at 614-645-3646 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..