Vote FOR Issue 5 to help seniors stay in their homes!
The Elderly Services Program offers independence and dignity for more than 5,700 Hamilton County older adults
Hamilton County's Elderly Services Program (ESP) is funded by a senior services tax levy (Butler, Clinton and Warren counties have similar programs and levies). ESP provides Meals on Wheels, medical transportation, personal care, and other basic services that make the difference between an older adult remaining at home or moving to a nursing home.
The Elderly Services Program is about freedom to live life with dignity and on your own terms, in your own place. It's also a good deal for taxpayers, because it is much less expensive to care for someone in their home than in a nursing home. In Hamilton County, ESP costs an average $367 per month, per client. If that same person were in a nursing home and on Medicaid, the cost to taxpayers would be 10 times that much – more than $4,000 per month.
In Hamilton County, the tax levy that funds the Elderly Services Program will expire in 2017. On November 7, voters will be asked to approve a 1.6 mil levy. The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $40.25 a year – an increase of $10.85 per year. There is no substitute for ESP. If the levy ends, so does the program.
We invite you to explore our website and learn more about ESP, the senior services levy and the people that it serves.
What does the ESP program mean to its clients? Watch the video to find out.