[March 9, 2020 – Mentor, OH] – Seniors living in Lake County who need assistance with personal care, bathing, meal prep, light housecleaning, laundry and other essential tasks now have a new option for assistance if they meet eligibility requirements. This non-medical program, administered through the Lake County Council on Aging, currently has several openings available for seniors, 60 and over.

Non-medical care can significantly improve a senior’s ability to maintain independence and allow them to continue to live in the comfort and security of their own home. The program is designed to provide support to Lake County seniors who are not eligible for traditional Medicaid based programs but cannot afford to pay privately for the care they need. The program is funded through the Lake County Senior Services Levy and is administered at no cost to eligible seniors.

“The collaboration between the social workers at the Council on Aging and the home care agencies offers a unique support system for seniors aging in place and their families,” said Danielle Phillips, Program Manager.  “It not only gives families peace of mind that immediate needs are being met, it also provides a system prepared to address future needs as they arise. This program has been referred to as a ‘God send’ by multiple family caregivers.”

Participants must meet income verification guidelines and have an assessment completed by a social worker from the Council on Aging. The Council on Aging has contracted with three local home care agencies that provide hands-on care and support to seniors enrolled in the program. Eligible seniors are assigned to a home care agency promptly after the social work visit.

For more information on the program, eligibility requirements and program availability, please call the Lake County Council on Aging at (440) 205-8111.