Assisted Living Waiver

Ohio’s Assisted Living Waiver Program is a long-term care option that combines a homelike setting with personal support services. It’s an alternative for people who need more care than PASSPORT, but not a nursing home.


  • Age 21 or older
  • Medicaid eligible (low-income) and able to pay room and board
  • In need of skilled or intermediate care: hands on help with dressing, bathing, toileting, grooming, meal preparation, housekeeping, medication management, mobility, etc. (Help with at least 2 ADLs and 3 IADLs)
  • Must receive care in an approved assisted living facility

Services and Benefits

Privacy and independence are key features of the Assisted Living Waiver. Facilities provide private, single-occupancy apartments with a private bathroom and space for socialization. In addition to private living space, two types of services are provided: 1) assisted living services and 2) community transition services. Clients also have a care manager from Council on Aging.

  1. Assisted Living Services
    Services include: 24 hour on-site response, personal care (grooming and bathing), homemaking (housekeeping, laundry and maintenance), nursing, non-medical scheduled transportation, three meals per day, and social/recreational programming.
  2. Community Transition Service
    This service is available to clients who are leaving a nursing facility to enroll in the Assisted Living Waiver. It helps them purchase essential household furnishings and other items they might have given up when they moved into the nursing facility.

For more information, review the Assisted Living Waiver Fact Sheet, or call the Council on Aging at (513) 721-1025 or (800) 252-0155, Option 2.