The Senior Services Levy helps older adults remain independent at home
The Hamilton County Senior Services Levy provides funding for our county’s Elderly Services Program (ESP). ESP helps eligible county residents age 60 and older to remain safe and independent in their homes by providing help with certain activities of daily living (bathing, cleaning, cooking, transportation and more), filling gaps in care that may already be provided by family caregivers. It's a renewal levy, so it won't raise your taxes!
ESP offers flexible care to meet clients’ changing needs. Eligibility and care needs are determined by an in-home assessment and a professional care manager coordinates and monitors clients’ care. Income is not an eligibility factor for ESP, but some clients have a co-payment based on their income.
The Hamilton County Senior Services Levy is vitally important to the Elderly Services Program because it provides 89 percent of the program’s funding. In short, without the levy, the program would end and there is nothing else to replace it.
The levy expires at the end of this year and a renewal levy will be on the ballot. And because it's a renewal levy, it won't increase taxes. That's a little bit of money doing a lot of good for our seniors!
By voting YES for ISSUE 10 - The Hamilton County Senior Services Levy, you can help ensure older adults have the option to remain independent in their homes.
The program is operated by Council on Aging (COA) via a contract with Hamilton County Commissioners, who appoint a board to advise on program needs and policies. Provider agencies deliver ESP services under a contract with COA. ESP is a compassionate and cost-effective alternative to nursing home care.
As the Area Agency on Aging for southwestern Ohio, including Hamilton County, COA leverages state and federal funding to cover 9 percent of ESP expenses. Additional funding comes from voluntary client donations and client co-payments.