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Butler County Elderly Services Program helps seniors stay in their homes

The Butler County Elderly Services Program served 4,071 seniors last year, according to the program’s annual report.

The report was prepared by Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA), which administers the Elderly Services Program under contract with Butler County Commissioners. LifeSpan, Inc. provides intake, screening and care management.

Funded by Butler taxpayers
November 2010, Butler County voters approved a renewal of a 1.3-mill senior services levy which provides most of the program’s funding. Butler County’s Elderly Services Program provides Meals on Wheels, housekeeping help, medical transportation, personal care (such as help with bathing), and other basic services that help disabled older adults remain independent in their homes.

Win-win for seniors and taxpayers
On average, the program can provide in-home care services for $324 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 report.

Typical client: 80-year-old woman with health problems living alone on modest income
Other report highlights:

  • Average age of clients – 80 (as of December, 2013, there were 543 clients age 90 or older)
  • More than half live alone
  • Seventy-eight percent have annual incomes of $22,980 or less.

Other services for Butler County seniors
Butler County seniors are also served by other Council on Aging programs:

  • PASSPORT, an in-home care program for older adults who are eligible for Medicaid
  • Assisted Living, an intermediate level of care for low-income older adults.

In 2013, 600 Butler County seniors received help from PASSPORT and 400 residents received help through the Assisted Living program.

  • Aging and Disability Resources Network – This is a call center and “front door” to services and community resources. We responded to nearly 35,000 requests for help for seniors in 2013. 
  • Older Americans Act, Title III – Council on Aging administers this federal funding for senior centers and organizations who provide services such as transportation, meals, caregiver support, legal help and wellness education. In Butler County these funds help pay for transportation, meals and other activities offered by Middletown Area Senior Center, Partners in Prime and Oxford Seniors.

Butler County “state of aging”

By 2015 – for the first time in US history – people age 65 and older will outnumber children under age five. This is just one of the many ways the aging of our population will affect society. From 2000 to 2010, butler County’s 65+ population increased by nearly 20 percent and more than one in five Butler County households now include at least one person who is 65 or older. (Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University and U.S. Census)
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 11.5 percent of Butler County’s population is age 65 and older. The “oldest old” – those age 85 and older – are the fastest growing portion of the 65+ population. Scripps projects this age group will grow by 84 percent from 2010 to 2030.

The Elderly Services Program annual report is available by clicking here.

 

Where Butler ESP clients live (as of December 31, 2013) –

Hamilton-1,070 Hanover Township - 88
Middletown - 1,042 Monroe - 85
City of Fairfield - 441 Madison Township - 69
West Chester - 367 Ross Township -65
Fairfield Township - 161 St. Clair Township - 57
Trenton - 160 Morgan Township - 47
Liberty Township - 127 Other - 190
Oxford - 103  

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Council on Aging

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families.

COA promotes choice, independence, dignity and well-being through a range of services that help people remain in their homes for as long as possible.

Since 1974, COA has been designated by the state of Ohio as the Area Agency on Aging for Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties.

One call to COA links people to the wide variety of agencies, information and programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities.

 

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