Ohio Eyes Expansion Of Home Health Care

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Story Updated: Jun 1, 2010

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. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) RSS Stay up to date, subscribe to the Local & Regional RSS Feed. Click to find out about RSS.

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