CENTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Officials say statewide expansion of an
Ohio program that enables the elderly to remain in their residences
instead of going into nursing homes will hinge on future funding
and whether there will be enough home health aides.
Surveys show that more than 90 percent of Ohio seniors would
prefer to age in their own homes rather than in a facility.
Ohio launched the Choices Home Care waiver program in 2001 and
expanded it again in 2004. It currently serves 390 clients in
Columbus, Toledo, Marietta and Rio Grande.
Judy Patterson, who oversees the program for the Ohio Department
of Aging, says it has been a success, especially in rural areas.
Department officials say whether the program is expanded to the
rest of the state depends on what happens to the next biennium
budget, which legislators will vote on in June.
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