Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Service programs.

Mostly through the coordination of public benefits, the Division of Senior and Adult Services in Cuyahoga County Ohio provides support to the elderly and to a lesser extent disabled in the region. The agency relies on both federal and government resources as well as private donations, and volunteers also play a major role in offering their services.

Clients can participate in Benefits CheckUp from the ADRN - Aging & Disability Resource Network. Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services offers a broad spectrum of social services and assistance programs at the federal government and state of Ohio level for those eligible clients. As part of the process, there is a brief questionnaire developed in partnership with the National Council on the Aging, and staff can determine if the person is eligible to receive such services.

There can be resources such as access to the prescription drug program, home energy bill assistance programs, earned and senior tax credits, family caregiver, homestead exemption, homestead water rate discount. Some other programs in Cuyahoga County include Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program, Senior Employment Program, Saving from AT&T Lifeline Ohio Program, SNAP Food Stamps, legal rights services, and Medicare/Medicaid applications.

DSAs Home Support Division provides access to to Personal Pay, which is home care for eligible disabled seniors or 18 year and over at-risk adults. This homecare allows clients to received homemaking services and personal care within the comforts of their own apartment or home, which may prevent escalating circumstances such as institutionalization from occurring.

The aging office helps local county clients with many tasks. They include light housekeeping, shopping, laundry, and food/meal preparations. Personal care may entail assisting with bathing, overall grooming, oral hygiene, and even dental needs.

Ohio Home Care Waiver is a program designed to help eligible disabled adults with frailty between 18 years and 59 years of age. With a physician or other medical personnel referral, those who have functional limitations may be provided the following services, such as personal care, medical social services, skilled nursing, or PT/OT/speech therapy.




Cuyahoga County residents may be eligible for Home Care Skilled Services if they are Medicare/Medicaid eligible. In order to benefit, they also need to be currently receiving care under a physician that is approved by the program.

The goal of Home Care Skilled Services is to provide qualified low to moderate income clients with excellent home health care. This is available to adult patients in the medical/surgical and geriatric populations or those patients facing a multitude of unstable medical problems. Services offered through this program include skilled nursing, home health aide services, and  PT/OT/speech therapy.

Another affordable and flexible resource available for eligible clients is the Options for Elders program. This service provides in-home care to older county residents who may not be candidates for Medicaid or PASSPORT due to screening of individual income or assets. Services provided under this program include EMS, adult day services, medical transportation, personal care or home maintenance services. Additional resources arranged can be free home delivered meals, information and assistance or case management, or various chores through social workers or volunteers skilled in dealing with eligible clients.

The Ohio Department of Development provides several financial assistance programs for those eligible low-income Ohio residents, and this is done in partnership with Division of Senior and Adult Service. These solutions entails helping clients pay utility or heating bills and improve the energy efficiency of their homes in order to reduce future costs. Specific programs include the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP), gas bills from HEAP, Winter or Summer Crisis Program (SCP), and the Ohio Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP).




In most cases, the WCP and SCP (Winter and Summer Crisis) programs require an appointment through a local provider agency, such as community action. Applicants need to call the Council for Economic Opportunity in Greater Cleveland’s 24 Hour Energy Assistance Appointment Line at 216.518.4014.

Applications for HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) are accepted from the time period of. A notification letter will be sent out once the application has been processed to inform a client if they have been deemed eligible for assistance with paying bills.\

In order for the application process to proceed (which is available from September 1 through March 31) prospective clients, they need to provide proof of citizenship or alien status for all household members. In addition to that, the primary applicant must show proof of citizenship as well as income, as well as other documentation.

Both the disabled and elderly can call upon the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior & Adult Services. The office is at 13815 Kinsman Road, Cleveland OH 44120. Call 216.420.6700.



By Jon McNamara

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