Most seniors would prefer to spend their elder years in the comfort of their own home surrounded by familiar faces and places. For those who prefer this scenario over institutionalized care, Home Care is a popular option.Ohio Home Care Program
The Ohio Home Care Program consists of home care services provided by Medicaid and administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Approved consumers receive an Ohio Home Care Waiver which includes medical care services such as nursing services, personal care, and skilled therapy as well as additional services like delivered meals, adult day care, respite care, and transportation. This specific program is for those seniors at risk for nursing home placement. The Transitions MRDD Waiver offers the same services for those seniors who have been assessed to require an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded as does the Transitions Carve Out Waiver for those who require intermediate or skilled care. The Ohio Care Program ensures that regardless of the type or level of care you require, staying at home is always an option.PASSPORT Program
PASSPORT, a Medicaid-waiver program, supports those older Ohioans who want to stay at home. To be eligible, you must be above 60, eligible for Medicaid institutional care, in need of nursing home care, and permitted by your physician to remain at home. Once you are screened for eligibility, a case manager meets with the patient to develop a personalized care plan utilizing local health care services. The case manager continues to monitor the case and make necessary changes. The program generally offers personal care, delivered meals, adult day care, transportation and a host other helpful services. PASSPORT's cost will never be more than 60% of the cost of nursing home care. This program enables more seniors to avoid nursing home placement and preserve their independenceProgram of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
PACE is another state program providing an alternative to nursing home care through the provision of medical and social services. This multifaceted care program integrates A physician leads a care team and creates a multifaceted care plan which can incorporate the following diverse services: adult day health services, personal care services, hospital care, prescription drugs, physical therapies, and nursing care dentistry, meals and even respite care. PACE is available to seniors in the Cleveland and Cincinnati areas who are in need of a skilled level of care.Caregiver Support
Sometimes providing your aging relative with quality, affordable home care means taking on the role of caregiver in your own home. Support is available at local Area Agencies on Aging through care training, support groups, respite care, and adult day service referrals. KinshipOhio is another family caregiver support system which works to ensure caregivers have easy access to helpful resources. If you are a caregiver in need of support, visit the Ohio Department on Aging National Family Caregiver Support Program page.
For more information on home care, read Care.com's article Home Care Versus Nursing Home Care.More Resources
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