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LifeCare Alliance

Who We Are: LifeCare Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that provides a comprehensive array of health and nutrition services to older adults, medically challenged, and individuals living with a disability in central Ohio. Formed in 1898, as the Instructive District Nursing Association (IDNA), LifeCare Alliance is central Ohio’s first in-home health care agency, Ohio’s first agency to provide visiting nurses, and the nation’s second agency to deliver Meals-on-Wheels. The Agency’s mission is to lead the community in identifying and delivering health and nutrition services to meet the community’s changing needs.

What We Do: LifeCare Alliance is the only not-for-profit organization in major metropolitan areas still accepting all qualified clients in need – without waiting lists. In 2019, we served more than 30,000 clients, 365 days a year, from forty counties. Our signature programs include Meals-on-Wheels—Franklin, Madison, Marion, Champaign, and Logan Counties, Senior Dining Centers, Wellness Centers, Help-at-Home, Visiting Nurses, the Columbus Cancer Clinic, Project OpenHand-Columbus, Groceries-to-Go, IMPACT Safety, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Senior PetCare, and our newest merger partner, Diabetes Dayton.

Why We're Important: We keep seniors and medically challenged individuals independent and in their own homes, where they want to be. As a leader in mergers and acquisitions, LifeCare Alliance has been able to eliminate operating redundancies and reduce administrative costs while taking all qualified clients in need. We have no waiting list for any of our services, and serve all those in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

How We Impact The Community: AARP calculates that LifeCare Alliance saves Ohio taxpayers more than $75,000 per year for each senior or medically challenged person we assist in remaining independent in their own homes. By serving these same individuals at home for a fraction of the cost, the Agency saves taxpayers money while serving the community. LifeCare Alliance clients also average five fewer days a year in the hospital than those with comparable demographics. When individuals receive the appropriate nutrition levels, and health assessments, potentially debilitating and costly health outcomes are prevented.

How You Can Help: Interested individuals and companies can volunteer to deliver Meals-on-Wheels, stock the Groceries-to-Go pantry shelves, work in our kitchens, or deliver pet food to seniors in our community. Also, purchase a catering from L.A. Catering, or schedule services, and travel vaccines through our Wellness program, or eating lunch at Carrie’s Café! Call 614-444- MEAL to sign up today!

Legacy Endowment Campaign: LifeCare Alliance continues to build its endowment as the Agency positions itself to secure its services for decades to come. The Legacy Endowment Campaign, which recently reached $20 million with help from an anonymous donor, will generate at least $1 million in interest annually to serve clients for whom no funding exists. To learn more about making a permanent impact with the Legacy Endowment Campaign, contact Rebecca Hurd, Vice President of Advancement, at 614-437-2867 or

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1699 West Mound Street

Columbus, OH 43223


President & CEO: Charles W. Gehring

Vice President of Advancement: Rebecca Hurd

Board Chair: Reverend Monsignor Joseph M. Hendrick


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