Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities (Direction Home Akron Canton) is a private, non-profit organization that helps older adults and people with disabilities thrive in the places they want to call home.

With a comprehensive network of service providers, access to the most up-to-date information and a unique person-centered approach, we make sure our clients feel safe and comfortable. We also provide family caregiver support programs, consumer protection and educational opportunities.

A deeply committed leader in long-term care, Direction Home Akron Canton supports those struggling with mobility, transportation, meal prep, medical bills, home repair and more – always with the goal of empowering the elderly and individuals with disabilities. For 40+ years, we have served thousands of people throughout Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties.



Our History

The Area Agencies on Aging were created as a result of the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA was designed to provide services to older persons not adequately served by other public and private systems. OAA dollars fund many senior services that enable older Americans to remain in their own homes and communities, thereby avoiding unnecessary and costly institutionalization.

In recent years, Direction Home Akron Canton has broadened our scope to offer long-term services and supports to Medicaid recipients and qualifying individuals of all ages.

Our Network

As a designated Area Agency on Aging, Direction Home Akron Canton is part of the following networks:

The National Aging Service Network

The National Council for Aging Care awards funds for supportive home and community-based services, disease prevention/health promotion, elder rights programs, and nationally recognized caregiver support programs.

Ohio's Aging Service Network

The SUA in Ohio is the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA). ODA has divided the state into 12 regions, with Direction Home Akron Canton's four-county service area containing 10 percent of the State's elderly population. We also represent one of seven urban regions.

Aging and Disability Resource Network

The federal government, through a partnership between the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), developed the concept of an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). The goal is to ensure that no matter where a consumer first makes contact, it's the right place for them to be.

Contact Direction Home Akron Canton to learn more about how we help provide better outcomes for our consumer base.

“Since my heart failure, I’ve had to rely a lot on my granddaughter. With your assistance, though, I now have an amazing personal care aide. She helps me bathe, do my hair and even get dressed – everyday things that used to take me hours. Your services have been a godsend.” – Wilma, H.