Ohio leads HOME Choice
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Of all the things Council on Aging does to help people, one of the most satisfying is helping them move out of nursing homes and back into the community.
Ohio’s Home Choice program makes this possible for nursing home residents who can’t be discharged unless they can get in-home care services and/or an appropriate place to live.
Established in 2008, Ohio’s program has become a national leader in moving people back home. According to the Ohio Department of Medicaid, HOME Choice ranks first nationally in transitioning individuals with mental illness into home-based settings, and second in overall transitions completed. As of 2015, more than 7,000 people have enjoyed a new-found independence through HOME Choice.
In COA’s region, Hamilton and Butler counties were among the state’s leading counties in number of transitions in 2014 and 2015, combined. (See Map)
To participate in HOME Choice, a person must:
- have lived in a Medicaid-funded facility for at least 90 days at the time of discharge;
- have care needs evaluated by HOME Choice staff;
- qualify for Medicaid; and
- move into qualified housing.
Council on Aging has two Transitional Care Coordinators who work with nursing homes throughout our region to identify and assess people for nursing home transitions and HOME Choice. COA works with organizations, such as Easter Seals TriState, to complete the transitions.
Council on Aging enrolled 101 people in HOME Choice in 2015 and, as of early 2016, had an additional 75 people active in the process.