PASSPORT is an Ohio Medicaid program that helps eligible older adults receive care and support in their homes, instead of a nursing home. It is Ohio`s in-home alternative to nursing home care. Without it, many disabled, low income older adults would be forced prematurely into nursing homes.
By providing essential in-home services, PASSPORT can curb the skyrocketing costs of nursing home care in Ohio. This long-term care program is funded by the Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Council on Aging is the PASSPORT program administrator responsible for participant assessment, case management and contract management with service providers in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties.
In 2012, more than 3,500 older adults in southwestern Ohio received care in their home-instead of a nursing home-through PASSPORT. PASSPORT has become a popular choice for seniors and families who want to stay in their own home as they age. Enrollment has increased by more than 600 percent over the past 20 years, and today, more than 30,000 Ohioans receive care in their homes through PASSPORT. As a result, more Ohioans are receiving care in lower cost, independent settings.
The typical PASSPORT client is a woman in her late 70s, living alone, in poverty and needing help with basic activities such as bathing and meals.
Additionally, PASSPORT participants receive other Medicaid benefits that can help lower or eliminate out-of-pocket prescription and other health care costs.
PASSPORT may be for you if you are:
Your care is free of charge or set at an affordable level depending on your income and assets.
PASSPORT is provided by the state of Ohio through Council on Aging.
Many people wonder how PASSPORT differs from the county Elderly Services Programs. To qualify for PASSPORT, clients must be low-income (Medicaid eligible) and severely disabled. Council on Aging works with area Departments of Job and Family Services to determine Medicaid eligibility.
In contrast, the Elderly Services Program is for seniors who do not qualify for Medicaid (not as low income). Also, PASSPORT clients are often more frail than clients on the Elderly Services Program and may need more help. PASSPORT clients must need a nursing home-level of care, as determined by a Council on Aging in-person assessment. Elderly Service Program clients are unable to live on their own without help, but do not necessarily need a nursing home level of care in order to receive services.
Other than differences in income and disability qualifications, PASSPORT and ESP offer many of the same in-home care services, including housekeeping, personal care, medical transportation and home-delivered meals.