Ohio's Assisted Living Waiver Program pays the costs of care in an Assisted Living facility for certain people with Medicaid, allowing the consumer to use his or her resources to cover "room and board" expenses.
Assisted living residences vary considerably, but most provide meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and social activities. They also offer personal care, such as assistance with eating, bathing, grooming and personal hygiene. Some nursing care is also provided, including medication administration and dressing changes.
Costs for assisted living generally range from $2,000 to $4,000 per month and vary depending on the size of living area chosen, area of the state and the amount of care needed.
Anyone who lives in the community and who meets Medicaid eligibility requirements now will be able to enroll in Ohio’s Assisted Living waiver. Previously, to be eligible, an individual had to have lived in a nursing home or residential care facility for six months before enrolling. Consumers also would have to wait until their Medicaid eligibility was determined before they could begin receiving assisted living services.
Individuals who meet certain service and care needs and meet established financial criteria may be eligible for Ohio's Assisted Living Waiver Program. Participants must be financially eligible for Medicaid and determined by the Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. to need a "nursing facility level of care," the same requirements as for the PASSPORT program. Eligible consumers can select from any participating licensed assisted living provider.
The Long-term Care Consumer Guide is an online tool that can help you find and compare nursing and residential care facilities, including assisted living, in your area. To determine if assisted living is a good option for you, contact the Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. at 1-800-582-7277, and request a free assessment.