Who We Are: LifeCare Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that provides a comprehensive array of nutrition, health, and support services to older adults and those living with a medical challenge or disability. Formed in 1898 as the Instructive District Nursing Association (IDNA), LifeCare Alliance is central Ohio’s first in-home health care agency, the nation’s second agency to deliver Meals-on-Wheels, and the last free cancer clinic in the Midwest. The Agency’s mission is to lead the community in identifying and delivering services to meet the community’s changing needs.
What We Do: LifeCare Alliance is the only not-for-profit organization in a major metropolitan area still accepting all qualified clients in need – without waiting lists. We serve more than 30,000 clients a year. Our signature programs include Meals-on-Wheels in Franklin, Madison, Marion, Champaign, and Logan counties, Senior Dining and Community Wellness Centers across the region, Help-at-Home, the Columbus Cancer Clinic, Project OpenHand-Columbus, IMPACT Safety, Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Senior PetCare, and Diabetes Dayton.
Why We Are Important: We keep seniors and those living with a medical challenge or disability safe, independent, and living in their own homes—right where they want to be! As a leader in non-profit mergers and acquisitions, LifeCare Alliance has been able to eliminate operating redundancies and reduce administrative costs while taking all qualified clients. We serve all those in need, without a waiting list, and regardless of their ability to pay.
How We Impact the Community: AARP calculates that LifeCare Alliance saves Ohio taxpayers more than $87,000 per year for each client we assist in remaining independent in their own homes. By serving these same individuals at home for a fraction of the cost of institutional care, the Agency saves taxpayers money while serving the most vulnerable of our community. LifeCare Alliance clients average five fewer days a year in the hospital than those with comparable demographics. When individuals receive appropriate nutrition levels, and health assessments, potentially debilitating and costly health outcomes are prevented.
How You Can Help: You or your team can volunteer to deliver Meals-on-Wheels, stock the Groceries-to-Go pantry shelves, work in our kitchens, or deliver pet food to seniors. To volunteer, call 614-444-MEAL. We also operate numerous social enterprises, the profits from which are invested back into the Agency’s operating revenue to support our basic needs services. Individuals and corporations regularly choose L.A. Catering and the Levee Event Center at Franklinton for their special events and corporate gatherings. Travelers can get all their required vaccines through our Wellness Department, and H.R. departments can use us to for pre-employment background checks. For a list of all our social enterprises, visit lifecarealliance.org/social-enterprise.
There are multiple ways you can support the work that LifeCare Alliance does in our community every day. You can make an annual or one-time gift to any of our programs—or to the LifeCare Alliance general fund. Others have included us in their planned giving strategies. If you would like to make a gift, you can do so online at lifecarealliance.org/donate or by contacting Rebecca Hurd, Senior Vice President of Advancement, 614-437-2867.
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1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
President & CEO: Charles W. Gehring
Senior Vice President of Advancement: Rebecca Hurd
Board Chair: Erin A. Kelley Shannon