We are better together.

We offer an array of services to help our aging community. Beyond social and recreational activities, we also offer a foot care clinic, assistance with household chores, ADA information, tax aid services and more.

Learn more about our available services and how to schedule the services you need by clicking the button below. If you have any problems, contact us at 419-238-5011.

Transportation Services

Transportation is provided county wide for essential appointments and trips such as; Medical, Banks, Laundromats, Dental, Lawyers, Grocery Stores, Senior Center, and other Social Service Agencies. Transportation is provided out-of-town within a 50 mile radius for medical appointments.

It is recommended that clients schedule in-town appointments at least a week before the appointment and cancel 24 hours before the appointment time. For out-of-town trips, it is recommended that clients give at least 2 weeks notice to insure appointment times can be met.

If you are interested in more information on our transportation or signing up to use our transportation services please give us a call at 419-238-5011 to set up an appointment.

Social and recreational activities

The Van Wert County Council on Aging Senior Center has activities going on daily. Activities include: cards, jigsaw puzzles, board games, bingo, movies, potlucks, parties, or just watching TV and visiting with friends. There is always something going on at the Senior Center. Come on out and enjoy your time while you are at the Van Wert Senior Center.

FOOT CARE CLINIC

The third Thursday of each month beginning at 8:30 a.m. Community Health Professionals sends nurses to the Senior Center to trim toe nails for the clients. Reservations are necessary for this service and there is a $10 donation. Please call 419-238-5011 to make your reservation.

Homemaker Service 

Homemaker service is a program providing routine light housework for elderly clients unable to perform such tasks themselves. The service helps strengthen and prolong independent living. It also helps provide relief for overburdened caregivers.

 Homemakers offer friendship and emotional support. For clients who are isolated or homebound, it is a contact with the community. For many it is encouragement to continue doing those things that they are still capable of doing. This enables them to maintain a greater degree of self-respect, personal pride, quality of life and independence.  

Eligibility:

-Client Must be lower income 

-Client or spouse must be aged 60 or over.

-Client must reside in Van Wert County.

-Client must be unable to do the homemaker work requested.

-Service is ordinarily not offered if an able bodied person lives with the client.

-Service is ordinarily not offered if the client is employed.

For further information and a homemaker application please call 419-238-5011. 


MeDICARE

Many seniors find Medicare to be confusing and overwhelming. Don’t let this be you. If you have questions about Medicare, anything from first signing up, changing plans, bill inquires, etc. feel free to contact Samantha Turnwald or Kevin Matthews to set up an appointment to go over your questions. You are not alone, we are here to help you find the answers to your questions.

MEALS

The Van Wert County Council on Aging offers a meal daily Monday through Friday for $2.50. The meals begin at 11:00 a.m. and are delivered by the Van Wert Manor. Reservations must be made one day ahead and before 3:00 p.m. The meals are full-course and follow nutritional guidelines set forth for seniors.

Home Delivered Meals can be provided under private pay by Lock 16. Please call Lock 16 at 419-453-3327. Senior nutrition providers can be contacted at Area Agency on Aging at 419-222-7723.

HEAP ASSISTANCE

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that provides eligible Ohioans assistance with their home energy bills. This one-time benefit is applied directly to the customer’s utility bill or bulk fuel bill.

Need help filling out HEAP applications? Give us a call to set up an appointment to have assistance with filling out the application. Remember to bring along the following items: proof of citizenship, proof of disability (if applicable), proof of income, and a copy of one heating and one electric bill.

Van Wert County Council on Aging staff will complete your application, make all necessary copies (one for you, one for staff records to refer to next time, and one to send into HEAP), and mail your application for no fee at all!

Title VI Information

The Van Wert County Council on Aging operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with the Van Wert County Council on Aging. For more information contact the COA at 419-238-5011.

ADA INFORMATION

More than 30 percent of Americans over age 65 have some kind of disability, and over 50 percent of those over age 75. These may range from difficulties seeing and hearing to walking and thinking. Under the ADA, it isn’t the cause of the disability that matters, but what it means in everyday life.

other services

The Van Wert County Council on Aging offers two caregivers support group meetings every month.* The Caregivers Support Group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2PM. This is an open group for anyone that is a caregiver. We get together to discuss concerns, give each other hints, or just to listen. *The Alzheimer’s Dementia support group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 2PM. This group is targeted for caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Alzheimer’s support group is conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Educational programs are going on monthly to help keep you informed. The Lunch n’ Learn Series was designed with you in mind. The series brings in various members of the community to speak about upcoming events with in the community, doctors and nurses to talk about important health issues, and even members of Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) to speak about various issues pertaining to Medicare. You just never know who we are going to have. Check out our Newsletter tab for Lunch n’ Learn speakers as well as our Calendar tab to see what is on the docket for the month.

Golden Buckeye Card assistance is provided if you have lost or never received your card. The Van Wert County Council on Aging has applications to file for a new or replacement card.

A Matter of Balance is specifically designed to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle and improve activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. The program includes eight classes, each lasting two hours, presented over a four-week period twice per week by trained facilitators using a training manual and two instructional videos. The program focuses on practical coping strategies to reduce fear of falling and to diminish the risk of falling. The curriculum includes lectures, group discussions, mutual problem-solving, role-playing activities, exercise training, assertiveness training and home assignments. Participants learn about the importance of exercise in preventing falls, practice exercises to improve strength, coordination and balance, identify how to conduct a home safety evaluation and learn to get up and down safely. Class size limited to 12 participants.