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Clinton County Elderly Services Program helps seniors stay in their homes - Annual Report shows program continues to grow

The Clinton County Elderly Services Program served 508 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 Clinton County Commissioners.

Funded by Clinton County taxpayers
March of 2012, Clinton County voters approved a renewal of a 1.5-mill senior services levy which provides most of the program’s funding. Clinton 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 – 81 (as of December, 2013, there were 78 clients age 90 or older)
  • More than half live alone
  • Seventy-one percent have annual incomes of $22,980 or less

Other services for Clinton County seniors

  • Clinton 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, 123 Clinton County seniors received help from PASSPORT and seven residents received help through the Assisted Living program.

  • Aging and Disability Resources Center – 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.

Clinton 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, Clinton County’s 65+ population increased by more than 15 percent and one in four Clinton County households now includes 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, 14 percent of Clinton 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 more than 55 percent from 2010 to 2030.

The Elderly Services Program annual report is available by clicking here

 

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

Wilmington - 165 Richland Township - 13
Union Township - 137 Chester Township - 9
Blanchester - 48 Clark Township - 9
Marion Township - 24 Liberty Township - 9
Sabina - 22 Washington Township - 9
Vernon Township - 16 Other - 33
Green Township - 14  

 

 

 

 

 



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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