Hamilton County Elderly Services Program helps seniors stay in their homes

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Hamilton County Elderly Services Program served 6,831 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 Hamilton County Commissioners.

Funded by Hamilton County taxpayers
In November 2012, nearly 75 percent of Hamilton County voters approved a renewal of a 1.29-mill senior services levy which provides most of the program’s funding. Hamilton 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 $413 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 1,109 clients age 90 or older)
  • More than half live alone
  • Eighty-one percent have annual incomes of $22,980 or less.

Other services for Hamilton County seniors
Hamilton 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, 2,199 Hamilton County seniors received help from PASSPORT and 345 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.

Hamilton 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 U.S. Census, nearly one quarter of all Hamilton County households now includes at least one person who is 65 or older.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 13 percent of Hamilton County’s population is age 65 and older. Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University projects this age group will grow by 43 percent by 2030. With age comes an increasing risk of disability (and need for care). Among Hamilton County residents age 65 and older, 37 percent have a disability. (U.S. Census)

The Elderly Services Program annual report is available by clicking here

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

City of Cincinnati - 2,696 Forest Park - 163 Sycamore Township - 92
Green Township - 373 Springdale - 156 Blue Ash - 74
Colerain Township - 347 Cheviot - 123 Silverton - 71
Anderson Township - 218 Norwood - 121 Deer Park - 69
Mt. Healthy - 208 City of Harrison - 118 Sharonville - 65
Springfield Township - 204 Reading - 100 Other - 1,344
Delhi Township - 194 North College Hill - 95  






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.