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Warren County Elderly Services Program helps seniors stay in their homes

The Warren County Elderly Services Program served 2,471 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 Warren County Commissioners. Warren County Community Services, Inc., provides intake and care management. Council on Aging officials recently presented the report to the program’s local advisory council.

Funded by Warren County taxpayers
In November 2011, Warren County voters approved a renewal of a 1.21-mill senior services levy which provides most of the program’s funding. Warren 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 $323 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 310 clients age 90 or older)
  • More than half live alone
  • Seventy-four percent have annual incomes of $22,980 or less.

Other services for Warren County seniors
Warren 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, 236 Warren County seniors received help from PASSPORT and 76 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. In Warren County these funds help pay for transportation, meals and other activities offered by Warren County Community Services, Inc. and the 741 Senior Center.

Warren 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. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 11 percent of Warren County’s population is age 65 and older and nearly one in five Warren County households includes at least one person who is 65 or older. But by 2030, projections from Miami University show this population growing by more than 160 percent. (Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University and U.S. Census)

The Elderly Services Program annual report is available by clicking here

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

Lebanon - 323 Springboro - 95 Union Township - 54
Mason - 286 Carlisle - 92 Waynesville - 44
City of Franklin - 274 Clearcreek Township - 84 Middletown - 31
Deerfield Township - 227 South Lebanon - 83 Harlan Township - 29
Franklin Township - 209 Wayne Township - 66 Other - 109
Turtle Creek Township - 201 Morrow - 54  
Hamilton Township - 166 Salem Township - 54  

 

 

 

 

 

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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