FOCUS - Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio 2013
The Council on Aging is one of twelve Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in Ohio and one of 660 AAA agencies nationwide that administer state, county, and federal programs that enable 20,000 older adults to stay independent in their homes. They also help seniors avoid unnecessary stays in hospitals or nursing homes and are a central source of information and connection to community resources.
In response to the health care reform, they have created the Care Transitions program that uses health coaches to help at-risk hospital patients avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions. Hospitals now face financial penalties for overly high readmission rates and these readmissions drive up health care costs. COA claims to be part of the solution by connecting health care and long-term care with the goal of trying to help chronically ill people stay in their home and not in expensive hospitals and nursing homes.
They will also discuss how caregivers today must do more complex and medically-orientated care in the home and what is being done to give the needed resources to these caregivers.
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