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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bidding process results in significant savings for levy programs

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Council on Aging recently completed a bidding process to contract with providers for Home Care Assistance (HCA) service in Butler, Hamilton and Warren counties. The process reduced the number of providers in the Elderly Services Program from 21 to 10 and resulted in estimated annual savings of more than $800,000. This will allow the levy programs to serve as many as 200 additional seniors each year.

More than 5,000 seniors receive Home Care Assistance services which may include homemaking, personal care (help with bathing and grooming), companion service, and caregiver respite. About 40 percent will receive a new provider as a result of the bidding process. This includes people who live in senior housing, where there will be one HCA provider to serve all residents on the Elderly Services Program. This is more efficient than having multiple providers serving the same building.

The transition process is underway with a goal of clients transitioning to new providers by November 1.

The bidding process was part of Council on Aging’s ongoing goal to contract with the highest quality providers at the lowest possible cost in order to serve as many seniors as possible with the tax dollars.

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