The Elderly Services Program provides in-home care for eligible seniors in Clinton County who might otherwise be forced to leave their homes and enter a nursing facility. In 2017, more than 500 older adults in Clinton County received care in their homes through the Elderly Services Program (ESP).
What services are available?
Clinton County ESP provides services such as housekeeping and personal care, nutritious meals, emergency response systems, transportation, caregiver support and more. ESP clients also have a care manager who advocates for their needs, answers questions, and makes sure they receive the right services. Care managers have their clients’ best interests at heart.
Who qualifies for Clinton County ESP?
You may qualify for ESP if you:
- are a Clinton County resident age 65 or older, and
- need help with everyday activities such as bathing, driving and preparing meals.
How much does ESP cost?
Care through the Elderly Services Program is free of charge or set at an affordable level, depending on income.
Who runs this program?
Council on Aging (COA) administers the program under contract with Clinton County Commissioners. COA handles assessment, intake, and care management. COA also processes all billing, and provides program planning, reporting, auditing, contracting and provider services, technical assistance and community engagement. Agencies contract with COA to provide in-home services such as housekeeping help, personal care and medical transportation.
Council on Aging has an Aging and Disability Resource Center in Clinton County. The Resource Center is located inside the Smith-Feike-Minton Insurance building, 2333 Rombach Avenue, Wilmington. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 – 11:30 am and 12:30 – 4:30 pm. The office closes from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm daily for lunch. During these hours, a staff member is available to assist those who wish to talk about programs, services and resources available to residents of Clinton County, including older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers and professionals. Clinton County residents can also call (937) 449-0642 to reach the local resource center or use the contact form at www.help4seniors.org.
How to Enroll
For more information or to find out if you qualify, call:
Know someone who would benefit from this program? Click here to make an online referral.
Other Resources for Clinton County Residents and Caregivers
As the state-designated Area Agency on Aging for southwestern Ohio, including Clinton County, COA provides additional services to Clinton County residents and their families. Click here for more information.
Caregiver Education and Support: Do you frequently help an older loved-one with housekeeping, grocery shopping, errands, meal preparation, transportation, paperwork, or personal care (bathing, getting dressed)? If so, you are a caregiver. Through Council on Aging’s free Caregiver Support Program, caregivers can talk with a caregiver support nurse to get advice and support for their unique situation. Our nurse will also make any necessary referrals for services, and provide educational materials and resources, and emotional support.
Fast Track Home: provides older adults with quick access to in-home care services after they have been discharged from a participating hospital or nursing home. These free, temporary in-home services can support you in your recovery and help prevent an unnecessary return visit to the hospital or nursing home. Fast Track Home is available at Clinton Memorial Hospital to eligible Clinton County residents age 65 and older. Click here for more information about this program.
Clinton County Senior Services Tax Levy
In southwestern Ohio we are fortunate to have senior services levies in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties. Throughout Ohio, more than 80 percent of counties have similar levies. In Clinton County, the senior services tax levy covers 88 percent of the total cost of the Elderly Services Program. As the Area Agency on Aging for southwestern Ohio, including Clinton County, Council on Aging is able to leverage state and federal funding to cover approximately 10 percent of program expenses. Additional funding comes from client donations (requested, but not required for home-delivered meals), and client co-payments (about 34 percent of client qualify for a co-payment based on their income and medical expenses).
- November 2016: The most recent senior services levy was passed in November 2016 by 75.99 percent of voters. The 1.5-mill levy (a renewal) will raise about $1.3 million a year.
- March 2012: Nearly 76 percent of Clinton County voters approved a renewal of the county’s 1.5-mill tax levy to fund the Elderly Services Program.
- November 2007: Nearly 70 percent of Clinton County voters approved a 1.5-mill tax levy to fund the Elderly Services Program. The new levy – a .5-mill increase – raises about $1.3 million a year to help older adults stay safe and independent in their homes. First approved in 1998, the levy program has helped more than 1,200 Clinton County seniors since it began. The increase will allow the program to serve more people. At the end of 2007, nearly 100 were on a waiting list for services.
- May 2003: 70 percent of Clinton County voters approve a renewal levy.
- May 1998: The first Elderly Services Levy was approved May 1998 by 60 percent of voters in Clinton County and generated more than $2.4 million in five years.
More information about the Clinton County Elderly Services Program
For more information about the Elderly Services Levy and Program in Clinton County, read:
- Clinton County Elderly Services Program Brochure
- 2018 Clinton County Elderly Services Program Annual Report