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The Ohio Home Care Waiver allows individuals with physical disabilities and unstable medical conditions to receive care in their homes and communities instead of nursing facilities, hospitals or rehabilitation facilities. It also allows these individuals to have more control of their lives and remain active participants in their communities.

To request an Ohio Home Care Waiver, complete the application and submit it to your local county department of job and family services. You may also need to complete a Medicaid application if you do not currently receive Medicaid coverage. You can use the county directory to find your county department of job and family services.

The Ohio Department of Medicaid will assign a case management agency to conduct a level of care assessment of your needs. If you meet the eligibility requirements for the Ohio Home Care Waiver and the financial eligibility for Medicaid, you will be enrolled in the waiver and a case manager will be assigned to help develop a person-centered care plan for you and to coordinate your services.

Do you need help paying winter heating bills? The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) may be able to help.

HEAP is a one-time credit to help eligible Ohioans pay their utility bills. Eligibility is determined by income and the number of people in the household. Anyone age 18 and older may apply.

All heating types are eligible, including the following: electric, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, and kerosene.

How can the Area Agency on Aging help?

  • Mail and provide applications to anyone age 18 and older
  • Assist those age 60 and older with filling out the application either in-person or over the phone
  • Provide information and answer questions

Call us to schedule an appointment or learn more about the HEAP program.

For more information about Energy Assistance Programs or to check the status of your HEAP application, click here.

The Project Lifesaver program places personalized radio transmitters (in the form of a wristband) on individuals who may be at risk of wandering away from home. These include older adults with Alzheimer's and dementia and children with Down syndrome, Autism or developmental disorders. These transmitters assist caregivers and County Sheriff’s Offices in locating those who wander.

Transmitters have been placed on those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and children with Autism, Down syndrome or developmental disorders throughout our service area. Local emergency teams respond to calls when an individual wanders and because of the transmitter technology, on average, individuals have been found in less than 30 minutes.

Interested in registering for Project Lifesaver? Call one of the following:

Ashland County
Contact: Ann Miller (Lions Club) - 419-651-6470

Crawford County
Contact: Sheriff's Office - (419) 563-2702  Attn: Chief Deputy Chad Filliater

Huron County
Contact: Deputy Kala Poliachek - 419-663-2828 ext. Dispatch

Knox County
Contact: Meredith (Station Break Aging Area) - 740-397-2417

Marion County
Contact: Captain Zempter (Sheriff's Office) - (740) 382-8244, ext. 5105

Richland County
Contact: Judy Eckert (Area Agency on Aging) - Direct line - 567-247-6472 or (419) 524-4144, ext. 1113

Seneca County
Contact: Detective Jeff Smith (Sheriff's Office) - (419) 447-3456 ext. Dispatch

Wyandot County
Contact: Todd Frey (Sheriff's Office) - (419) 294-2362 ext. Dispatch