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Mission: Barrington Area Council on Aging''s (BACOA) mission is to serve seniors, family caregivers and the community. 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.

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.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

BACOA is an extraordinary organization which provides services to seniors and caregivers across the community regardless of financial need. Meals with Wheels, Caregiver Support groups, Income Tax and Medicare Part D assistance are all available. In addition their Social Services staff support families and seniors to ensure an enhanced aging experience.

Beyond this, the organization is well-run financially. They are always aware of their responsibility to the community. In the most recent economic downturn they pulled in their belts, created a more financially streamlined operation and had an outstanding year financially, demonstrating that their fiscal responsibility is well-recognized across the community.


Rating: 5

As the primary caregiver for my elderly Mother for the last 6 years of her life I often felt isolated even though I had a great support system. BACOA offered a caregiver class that was most informative - but the support of others in the same situation was the most helpful. Sharing our stories was very relieving and cathartic. We continue to meet even as many of us have lost our loved ones.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 78 year old father in-law, living out of state, fell in his home and laid there for over 48hrs before help arrived. As a result of his injuries and dehydration, his already poor health declined very rapidly and thus we found ourselves in the position we always knew would arrive, but yet somehow felted shocked, overwhelmed, and highly stressed when it did. Dad now needed our help in managing all of his financial and medical affairs, and immediate intervention was necessary.

A friend referred me to BACOA and I called not even knowing what questions to ask. My goal was to just tell our story and to get a general direction in which to start this journey. I was connected with a the Executive Director and wow...what a wealth of information.

She was a great listener, and she gave us sound advice on where to locate the information we needed in order to evaluate potential living arrangements. She also helped us compile a list of questions that we should a be asking. She also gave us specific advice on how to communicate with dad, the upcoming major changes that he was about to experience. Communicating these changes was perhaps the most difficult part of the process, and her advice was comforting and spot on.

This was a very stressful time, and having a direct and concise source for local information was invaluable. It gave us the confidence that we would make the right choices, and could do so in the short amount of time that's really available to get things done.

We thank BACOA and greatly appreciate their caring concern.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I represent the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce serving over 840 business owners in the Barrington region. BACOA has supported the Chamber since their inseption, building relationships with the business community as THE champion for our senior citizens. BACOA is to be commended for their exceptional reputation with their programming and services, always advocating for a better quality of life for the population they serve.

Chrissie M.


Rating: 5

awesome! great leadership. a real beneficial resource for our community.