COA expands service area

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Council on Aging is expanding case management services to younger individuals with disabilities who need long-term care services.

The services are provided through the Ohio Home Care Waiver Program. The program helps people to remain independent in their homes and avoid unnecessary placement in institutional settings such as nursing homes or hospitals.
Council on Aging won a contract with the Ohio Department of Medicaid to provide screening, enrollment services, and case management for the program. For the Ohio Home Care Waiver Program, Council on Aging is serving people who live within a 21-county area surrounding Cincinnati, Dayton, and Lima.

To serve the region, Council on Aging is opening a satellite office this month in Montgomery County at 5355 Far Hills Avenue, Suite #100, Dayton, Ohio 45429.

Area Agency on Aging 3, based in Lima, Ohio, has contracted with Council on Aging to provide case management in the more northern counties of the region.

The program is administered by the Ohio Department of Medicaid. It is an in-home long-term care option for financially-eligible children and adults who need an intermediate or skilled nursing level of care due to significant disabilities and/or mental health needs. It preserves independence by giving participants greater control and choice over their care, including where they receive care, the types of services they receive and who provides their services.

A variety of services are available including: personal care aide services (help with bathing, dressing, and grooming); adult day health center services; emergency response services; home-delivered meal services; waiver nursing services, and others. Council on Aging case managers develop All Services Plans based on each individual’s needs.

“We are very pleased and honored to be working within the Ohio Home Care Waiver Program,” said Council on Aging CEO Suzanne Burke. “This is a new way to support the state's efforts to provide home and community-based services to our most vulnerable residents. It is exciting to be expanding to serve a younger population. We will bring the same expertise and dedication to people on the Ohio Home Care Waiver that we bring to PASSPORT and the Assisted Living Waiver. At the same time, we know that these individuals have much to teach us and we’re eager to learn.”

To apply for the Ohio Home Care Waiver Program, individuals should first contact their county Department of Job and Family Services. If approved for financial eligibility, the information is sent to Council on Aging which conducts an in-home assessment to determine program eligibility.

More information is available at or on Council on Aging’s web site at Ohio Home Care Waiver or by calling 800-252-0155.

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