Barrington Area Council on Aging, Inc. Overview
Target demographics: Seniors and family caregivers in the Barrington, Illinois area.
Direct beneficiaries per year: BACOA serves approximately 1,500 people - both older adults and family caregives - each year.
Geographic areas served: Our focus is primarily in Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington, Lake Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, and Tower Lakes. Of the families and older adults we serve, 72% are from the Barrington area, and 10% from adjacent communities. Another 18% are from outside the area, including other Chicago suburbs and out of state (the majority of which are phone calls requesting information on local services for parents or older relatives).
Programs: The Barrington Area Council on Aging's services and programs include information on senior services, caregiver support and education, Meals with Wheels, monthly support groups, Medicare and benefits counseling, a weekly lunch program and leisure activities.
For the past 27 years, BACOA has been the primary organization in the Barrington area that assists seniors and caregivers – including family members and friends – as they deal with issues related to aging.
For active seniors, we offer programs, services and activities to help them remain vital, contributing members of the community. For seniors requiring more care—and for family caregivers—we form a team consisting of the senior, the caregiver and others. Using the resources of our own staff, as well as other agencies, we work to identify services that will best help the senior remain independent.
Older adults prefer to age in place – to be able to stay in their own community and, in most cases, in their own homes, for as long as possible. But often they are faced with health, financial and emotional challenges, and adult children and relatives are increasingly less likely to live nearby. As a result, older adults and their families are becoming more dependent on service providers to help them identify needed resources.
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