Steuben County Council on Aging • 317 S. Wayne St., Suite 1 B • Angola, IN 46703
C.O.A. Office (260)-665-8191 STAR Transportation (260)-665-9856
The Steuben County Council on Aging is a community leader in advocacy and services, including transportation, for older adults and others to empower independence and enhance well-being.
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Welcome to the Steuben County Council on Aging Community Center!!!
The Steuben County Council on Aging is staffed with dedicated people who are committed to assisting older
adults and persons with disabilities so that they are able to remain independent in the home of their choice
with dignity, thus preventing premature institutionalization.
The SCCOA is an independent, not-for-profit agency funded by: Title IIB Older Americans Act, Medicaid,
Trustees/County Commissioners, City of Angola, Churches and Civic Groups,
Steuben County United Way, Foundations & Grants, Private Donations and Fundraising.
The SCCOA acknowledges and supports the rights of all individuals and is actively involved in
serving older adults & persons with disabilities, as well as low-income families without any discrimination.
We believe all persons have the right to know what is available to help them care for themselves.
The Council on Aging staff can help provide this information to you.
We provide a wide range of information from all over Steuben County and the region.
If we can be of help, let us know — we are here to serve you!
Great tips to prevent the risk of falls:
1. Reduce clutter and make repairs -It's time to put away any boxes, small items on the floor, excess electrical cords and other items you may trip over. Consider throwing away or securing throw rugs, loose carpets, or bath rugs. Move anything from top shelves that you'll have to reach for or stand on a stepstool to reach. In the kitchen, move any pots and pans, dishes or glasses to lower shelves that can be more easily accessed.
2. Install handrails and bars—Install grab rails inside and outside the shower or bath, as well as along staircases. Also consider rails and bars near the toilet, along hallways and near your favorite chair or sofa to help you get on your feet with ease and, most importantly, with lower risk.
3. Use nonslip mats—Start with the shower or bathtub – use nonslip mats. A chair in the shower is even safer and may make bathing more comfortable. Reduce risk by limiting your standing time. The kitchen is a great spot for nonslip mats - beneath sinks and counters.
4. Avoid stairs—It's best for those with mobility problems to avoid stairs altogether, so if feasible, find an apartment or house that has only one level. If this isn't possible, it's especially important to install hand rails along stairs. If your mobility level won't allow for safe stair use but you still need to access a second floor, a seated stairlift is an option. – check with your insurance company and Medicare to help cover the cost.
5. Improve lighting—Change light bulbs to a higher wattage. Use a timer to make sure all lights come on as the sun sets, and plug in a night light in your bedroom to help if you need to get a drink of water or go to the bathroom during the night.
6. Visit the eye doctor—You may need a stronger prescription or other treatments to handle vision problems such as glaucoma.
7. Take caution while moving -Walking quickly or trying to stand up too abruptly from a chair or couch may increase your risk of falling. This will vary from one person to another, of course, as different individuals have different levels of mobility. In general, though, it's best to slow down a bit as you age to ensure your safety.