Ascension Council on Aging to receive $1 million in state funding

CoA’s Donaldsonville location

House Bill 592 is a supplemental appropriations bill pre-filed in anticipation of the recently concluded Regular Session of Louisiana’s legislature.  Included in the bill, which passed both chambers with innumerable amendments (an awful lot of earmarks had to be added) by May 19 and signed by the governor on May 30, is a cool $1,000,000 for Ascension Council on Aging.  The non-profit, incorporated in 1973, has undertaken many good works for the older residents of the parish.

Whichever of Ascension’s legislative delegation made it happen (we suspect it was Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder), well done.  The only other comparable parish agencies to receive supplemental funding were Tangipahoa CoA-$20,000 and those in Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis-$10,000 apiece.

Among the more conspicuous services provided to Ascension seniors on both sides of the Mississippi River is home-delivered meals to homebound seniors.  Council on Aging provides so much more:

  • Health screenings and exercises designed to support and/or improve the mental and physical well-being of seniors;
  • Transportation services for the elderly and disabled to senior centers, congregate meal sites, medical appointments, grocery stores, and other social agencies within Ascension Parish;
  • Nutritious and balanced meals in a group setting five days a week to both senior centers;
  • Recreational activities such as supervised exercise classes, trips, crafts, and games;
  • Speakers on various health subjects, home safety, legal issues, social security, and more;
  • Our company helps with the payment of utility bills up to three times a year;
  • Assistance with Medicaid enrollment;
  • Health aides such as wheelchairs, walkers, etc. are loaned out. Our organization also provides or coordinates in the distribution of fans, blankets, smoke detectors, and more as needed;
  • Health screenings and exercises designed to support and/or improve the mental and physical well-being of seniors;
  • Emergency response systems to the elderly;
  • Transportation services for the elderly and disabled to senior centers, congregate meal sites, medical appointments, grocery stores, and other social agencies within Ascension Parish;
  • Light housekeeping, laundry, and meal preparation to homebound senior citizens;
  • Services for family caregivers of persons who are 60 and over and older individuals caring for persons with developmental disabilities.

CoA’s Gonzales location

Ascension Council on Aging maintains locations in Gonzales (526 S Irma Blvd; Phone: 225-621-5750); and Donaldsonville (101 Bocage Dr; Phone: 225-473-3789).

Council on Aging is also funded by a 1.5 mill Ad Valorem (property) tax assessed parish-wide which generates approximately $2.25 million annually.  The millage, approved for ten years by 65% of the voters on May 4, 2013, is set to expire at the end of 2023.

Under consideration is a push to establish a facility serving north Ascension.

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