Person-centered Thinking Improves Quality of Life, Quality of Care

Person-centered care social worker with senior woman

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is working in partnership with Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and other community partners to redesign long-term services and supports (LTSS). Our hope is that by 2024, we’ll have a managed care approach to improve access, cost and quality of services for older adults and people with disabilities…

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Best Senior Care Options: It’s About Location

Best senior care options

Location. Location. Location. You may think that’s important only in business, but it’s also important when considering health and quality-of-life. We call it the social determinants of health—a fancy phrase that means you’re likely to have better health outcomes when you live in an area that has less pollution, less crime, has sidewalks and offers…

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CICOA works with local, national organizations to find solutions through research

Stanford Fellows Visit CICOA in 2019

When organizations like the prestigious Regenstrief Institute, Stanford or Indiana University call to ask for help, your ears perk up. Afterall, we’re a community-based organization, not a national program. Our expertise is caring for vulnerable populations, not research. Nevertheless, CICOA has earned a national reputation for its programs, innovation and outcomes.   That is why…

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Forget the Box!

Think like there is no box

It’s how CICOA launched a for-profit business, Duett, and created an innovation studio How many times have you been told to “think outside the box?” My motto is, forget the box! What if we don’t let any boundaries get in the way of creative thinking? That’s where the real magic happens. As an example, let…

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A New Year. A New Playbook.

2021 journal

Welcome 2021. What took you so long? A new year – especially this one – causes me to think about what I want to accomplish over the next 12 months. I’m not talking about resolutions; I know I need to eat better and exercise more. What I want to consider is how to be better…

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Pandemic Exposes Vulnerabilities and What Matters

CICOA Strong

It’s not the year I had anticipated when I moved here in 2019 to lead an organization that serves our most vulnerable citizens. As we wrap up this crazy, surreal, unpredictable mess called 2020, I don’t want to diminish all that has been lost during the pandemic — more than 5,000 Hoosier lives, jobs, school…

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Thinking About Caregiving on a Milestone Birthday

50

They say 50 is the new 30. While that sounds great, when I turn 50 on Nov. 25, I’ll still be half a century old. Age is all about perspective, right? My 20-something-year-old kids think 50 sounds old. My 70-something relatives consider me still a baby. What I know is my knee hurts when I…

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Making Indianapolis Home

Making Indianapolis Home

Hoosier Hospitality is alive and well, even during a pandemic. This is one of the many things I’ve learned since my wife, Laura, and I packed up our dogs Coco and Cookie and made the move from Kalamazoo, Mich. People are friendly here. They are quick to give advice, too. Move to Carmel, some said.…

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