Pima Council on Aging has been serving older adults and those who care about them in Pima County for 50 years. Karen turned to PCOA for help with her mother, who had suffered a stroke. She had made a promise to her mom that she would never put her in a nursing home. She was able to fulfill that promise, thanks to Pima Council on Aging and the support of our community.
Karen would not have been able to provide round-the-clock care her mom needed without the breaks she was afforded through PCOA’s caregiver respite services. She was able to have a few hours, a couple of times a week, to take care of her own health and errands.
Karen says, “taking care of a dying parent is incredibly hard…and you were there. PCOA is an absolutely wonderful organization…a lifesaver.”
PCOA not only offers help to family members like Karen, but also to older people in our community who have no family or friends nearby to assist them. PCOA helps older people remain independent in their homes through help with housekeeping and bathing. We make sure older people have enough nutritious food to eat through Pima Meals on Wheels. And we help people to age well, providing education about preventing dangerous falls, managing chronic health conditions, and understanding Medicare.
PCOA gives older adults more than a nutritious meal or a helping hand. With the help of our community, we give hope, compassion, and dignity.