Allen County Council on Aging

 

On July 01, 2012, Allen County Council on Aging (ACCOA) became a division of Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana (AIHS) to better serve Allen County’s rapidly growing population of older adults and their caregivers plus individuals living with disabilities through combining the efforts and resources of both organizations.

The announcement is the culmination of a process that began early last year as both organizations were formulating strategic plans to guide their future and actively seeking new partnerships and alliances that would create organizational efficiencies and enhance service provision. In December 2011, both agency Boards of Directors voted to pursue merger with a target date of July 2012. A Joint Merger Task Force was formed and has been actively engaged in guiding the detailed merger planning, which will culminate with the legal merger of ACCOA into AIHS effective July 1, 2012.

“We are excited to have the Allen County Council on Aging merge into our organization and believe that combining the efforts and resources of both organizations will offer new opportunities to serve the residents of Allen County,” noted Heidi Adair, AIHS Board Chair, “Our goal is to make this a seamless transition for clients and to maintain the supportive care for all who rely on it.”

John Rogers, ACCOA Board President, added, “In a time of tight budget constraints, the ACCOA Board was committed to finding the right partner to ensure that services would not only continue but expand for our clients in Allen County. This opportunity to join with AIHS provides us with the perfect avenue to secure services both now and in the years to come.”

Key to the success of the merger was financial support from the Foellinger Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. Foellinger Foundation president Cheryl Taylor said, “The Foellinger Foundation invests heavily in capacity-building grant opportunities because they help fulfill our mission to support effective nonprofits in Allen County. Such organizations are always seeking ways to reach, grow and excel in order to more effectively serve their clients. This merger will do exactly that.”

ACCOA provides Homemaker and Handy Chore Services, Transportation and TeleCare in Allen County. AIHS is the Area III Agency on Aging responsible for planning, funding, and directing services for older adults and people with disabilities in a nine-county area of northeast Indiana. AIHS programs include: Aging & Disability Resource Center; Programs for Productive Aging; Family Caregiver Center; Home & Community Services; and Geriatric & Disability Case Management.

Transportation

Allen County – Urban
Free of charge to seniors 60 and over in Allen County to doctor/dialysis visits, Senior Dining congregate nutrition sites, grocery stores, social service appointments and other well-being visits. 24-hour notice required to schedule appointments; call Transportation Hotline 424-2010. Suggested donation per trip $3.00.

Allen County – Rural
Transportation for community members of any age who need access to jobs, schools, grocery stores, or any destination at a one-way trip rate of $5.00. Trip must begin or end in a rural Allen County town or go between rural Allen County towns. 24-hour notice required to schedule appointments; call Transportation Hotline 424-2010. Suggested donation per trip $5.00 to seniors 60 and over.

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In-Home Services & Assistance

Homemaker
Assistance with light housekeeping, food preparation, errands, and laundry.

Handy Chore
Seasonal outdoor assistance (lawn mowing, snow shoveling) and minor home repair.

TeleCare
Daily telephone reassurance calls provided by trained volunteers.