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County Elderly Services Programs highlighted in annual reports

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More than 14,000 seniors in four counties received care through the Elderly Services Program in 2012, according to newly released annual reports for Butler, Clinton, Hamilton, and Warren counties. The program provides Meals on Wheels, housekeeping help, transportation, personal care, and other basic services that help disabled older adults remain independent in their homes.

On average, the program can provide in-home care services for less than $330 per month, per client. These services can delay or prevent nursing home placement, where the taxpayers` cost for Medicaid is on average $5,000 a month, according to the reports.

COA administers the Elderly Services Program under contract with commissioners in each county. The programs receive about 90 percent of the funding from county senior services levies. From 2010-2012, voters approved levies in Butler, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties by margins in the range of 70 percent.

2012 Annual Report Highlights by County:

Butler County:

  • Clients served: 4,021
  • Average cost for care, per client: $322/month
  • Average age of clients: 81 (as of December 2012, there were 13 clients age 100 or older)
  • More than half live alone
  • 65 percent have annual incomes of $22,340 or less. Thirteen percent have incomes at or below the federal poverty level ($11,170 a year or less).

Other Council on Aging programs that help Butler County seniors include: Aging and Disability Resources Center (information and connection to resources); Older Americans Act funds (transportation, meals, and other assistance available through senior centers and other organizations); PASSPORT (in-home care for frail, low income elderly), Assisted Living, and HOME (home repairs and accessibility for eligible seniors). Fiscal Year 2012 numbers for Butler County residents are:

  • PASSPORT: 590 (8 percent increase over 2012)
  • Assisted Living: 340 (15 percent increase over 2012)
  • HOME: 315

According to the U.S. Census, Butler County`s population of adults age 65 and older increased by nearly 20 percent between 2000 and 2010. People age 85 and older are the most likely to need care. They are the fastest growing portion of the senior population. In Butler County, it is estimated that this group will grow by 84 percent from 2010 to 2030. (Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University)

Click here to read the full report, including client stories 

Clinton County:

  • Clients served: 519
  • Average cost for care, per client: $306/month
  • Average age of clients: 81
  • 64 percent live alone
  • Sixty-seven percent have annual incomes of $22,340 or less. Seventeen percent have incomes at or below the federal poverty level ($11,170 a year).

There is a three to four-month waiting list for home-care services. There is no wait for Meals on Wheels.

Other Council on Aging programs that help Clinton County seniors include: Aging and Disability Resources Center (information and connection to resources); Older Americans Act funds (transportation, meals, and other assistance available through senior centers and other organizations); PASSPORT (in-home care for frail, low income elderly), Assisted Living, and HOME (home repairs and accessibility for eligible seniors). Fiscal Year 2012 numbers for Clinton County residents are:

  • PASSPORT: 134 
  • Assisted Living: 6
  • HOME: 32

According to the U.S. Census, Clinton County`s population of adults age 65 and older increased by more than 15 percent between 2000 and 2010. People age 85 and older are the most likely to need care. They are the fastest growing portion of the senior population. In Clinton County, it is estimated that this group will grow by 55 percent from 2010 to 2030. (Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University)

Click here to read the full report, including client stories 

Hamilton County:

  • Clients served: 7,263
  • Average cost for care, per client: $358/month
  • Average age of clients: 81
  • 64 percent live alone
  • 70 percent have annual incomes of $22,340 or less. Nineteen percent have incomes at or below the federal poverty level ($11,170 a year).

Other Council on Aging programs that help Hamilton County seniors include: Aging and Disability Resources Center (information and connection to resources); Older Americans Act funds (transportation, meals, and other assistance available through senior centers and other organizations); PASSPORT (in-home care for frail, low income elderly), Assisted Living, and HOME (home repairs and accessibility for eligible seniors). Fiscal Year 2012 numbers for Hamilton County residents are:

  • PASSPORT: 2,178 
  • Assisted Living: 313 (30 percent increase over 2011)
  • HOME: 498

According to the U.S. Census, nearly one in four Hamilton County households now includes a person age 65 or older. With age, comes increasing risk for illness and disability. Among Hamilton County residents age 65 and older, 37 percent have a disability.

Click here to read the full report, including client stories 

Warren County:

  • Clients served: 2,420
  • Average cost for care, per client: $317/month
  • Average age of clients: 80
  • 56 percent live alone
  • 63 percent have annual incomes of $22,340 or less. Eleven percent have incomes at or below the federal poverty level ($11,170 a year).

Other Council on Aging programs that help Warren County seniors include: Aging and Disability Resources Center (information and connection to resources); Older Americans Act funds (transportation, meals, and other assistance available through senior centers and other organizations); PASSPORT (in-home care for frail, low income elderly), Assisted Living, and HOME (home repairs and accessibility for eligible seniors). Fiscal Year 2012 numbers for Warren County residents are:

  • PASSPORT: 241
  • Assisted Living: 75 (nine percent increase over 2011)
  • HOME: 150

According to the U.S. Census, Warren County`s population of adults age 65 and older increased by 54 percent between 2000 and 2010 with 11 percent of the county`s population age 65 and older. Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University has made some staggering predictions about Warren County`s population. The research center predicts that by 2030, the county`s 65+ population will grow by more than 160 percent. Also, people age 85 and older-the group most likely to need care- make up the county`s fastest growing portion of the senior population. This group is expected to grow by more than 150 percent from 2010 to 2030.

Click here to read the full report, including client stories 

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