For many seniors, Ohio is a wise choice for retirement. The financial benefits include a low sales tax with certain items such as groceries and medicines exempt from any tax, and social security income is excluded from personal income taxes. As of 2010, 19% of Ohioans are over the age of 60. The state is also home to many historical native landmarks, natural attractions, wildlife reserves, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Ohio

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Paying For Assisted Living in Ohio

The Cost of Assisted Living in Ohio

According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Ohio is close to the national average at $4,278. States to the east tend to be more expensive, except for West Virginia which averages at only $3,619 a month, and Pennsylvania at $3,750 monthly. Southern bordering Kentucky costs much less, averaging at $3,520 a month. The most expensive state for assisted living in this area is Maryland, averaging at $4,673 a month.


The costs of assisted living vary widely across Ohio. In Springfield, you’ll find the least expensive options at an average of $3,093 a month. The Cleveland area is the next least expensive option, followed by the Youngstown and Canton areas. The Janesville area and Lima are closest to the national average, and you’ll find the most expensive facilities in Dayton and Cincinnati, at $5,300 and $4,998 respectively.


The cost of assisted living in Ohio is drastically less than the cost of nursing home care, which averages at $7,118 monthly. Independent living is the most cost-effective option, but for those that need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), in-home care is the next most affordable option, averaging at $4,099 a month. Assisted living facilities cost slightly more, at $4,278 a month on average.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ohio

Ohio Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver

Ohio’s Assisted Living Waiver program helps pay for the cost of care services and skilled nursing received while living in assisted living. The program is designed to help free up the resources of eligible residents so that they are able to pay for their own room and board costs. The room and board rate is the SSI benefit rate, $750 in 2018, minus $50 for a personal needs allowance. There is a waitlist for this waiver, but the state has plans to eliminate the waitlist in the future.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility is determined based on age, health status, income, and residency:

Note that for married couples with a spouse remaining in the community, that spouse may keep up to half of their combined assets. In Ohio, applicants may set up an income trust if they make too much money to qualify.

How to Apply

Call 1-866-243-5678 to speak with an eligibility specialist, or speak with your local Area Agency on Aging.

More Ways to Finance Assisted Living

Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans can take advantage of several different pension programs to help cover the cost of assisted living. For more information, see the article on benefits.va.gov.
  • Life Insurance Policies: Even if a spouse or loved one hasn’t died, certain types of life insurance policies can be used to pay for assisted living. More information is available at longtermcare.acl.gov
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: Long-term care insurance is a type of insurance policy that pays for long-term care when it becomes necessary, including the cost of assisted living. For more information on the benefits and drawbacks of this financing method, visit longtermcare.acl.gov.
  • Reverse Mortgages: Reverse mortgages allow seniors to access the equity from a home that they own, and these funds can be used to pay for assisted living. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a federally insured reverse mortgage program.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Ohio

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) in Ohio is available for free to any residents or loved ones of those living in a long-term care facility. The LTCO helps these people by:

  • Advocating for the rights of assisted living residents
  • Educating on retirement benefits and insurance programs
  • Offer guidance in locating a long-term care facility that fits their needs
  • Connect residents with aging services and resources

Click here to view a directory of Ombudsmen in each county, or call 1-800-282-1206 to be connected to a program specialist.

Ohio Area Agencies on Aging

Ohio is home to 12 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) that represent all 88 counties, which provide elders and advocates with:

  • Information on aging services in the area
  • Education on the rights of residents in long-term care facilities
  • Referrals to services

See this table for a list of the AAAs in Ohio and their contact information.

Area Agency on Aging Address Phone Number

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, AAA 1

175 Tri-County Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45246

(800) 252-0155 or (513) 721-1025

Area Agency on Aging, AAA 2

40 W. Second Street, Suite 400, Dayton
OH 45402

(800) 258-7277 or (937) 341-3000

Agency on Aging, AAA 3

2423 Allentown Rd • Lima
Ohio 45805

(800) 653-7723 or (419) 222-7723

Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio, AAA 4

2155 Arlington Avenue
Toledo, OH 43609-0624

(800) 472-7277 or (419) 382-0624

Ohio District 5 Area Agencies on Aging, AAA 5

2131 Park Avenue West
Ontario, OH 44906-1226

(800) 860-5799 or (419) 524-4144

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, AAA 6

3776 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43207

(800) 589-7277 or (614) 645-7250

Area Agency on Aging, AAA 7

160 Dorsey Drive
Rio Grande, OH 45674-0500

(800) 582-7277 or (740) 245-5306

Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging, AAA 8

1400 Pike Street
Marietta, Ohio 45750

(800) 331-2644 or (740) 374-9436

Area Agency on Aging, AAA 9

1730 Southgate Parkway
Cambridge, OH 43725

(800) 945-4250 or (740) 439-2294

Western Reserve AAA 10A

1700 East 13th Street, Suite 114
Cleveland, OH 44114

(800) 626-7277 or (216)621-8010

Direction Home Akron Canton AAA

1550 Corporate Woods Pkwy.
Uniontown, OH 44685

(800) 421-7277 or (330) 896-9172

Area Agency on Aging, AAA 11

5555 Youngstown-Warren Rd., Ste. 2685
Niles, OH 44446

(800) 686-7367 or (330) 505-2300

Veterans Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs in Ohio provides many services for qualified veterans and their beneficiaries, including:

  • Medical centers, community clinics, and medical transportation services
  • Many long-term care homes, like an independent living complex with 206 beds
  • Financial assistance to low-income vets or those experiencing hardships
  • Pension and education benefits counseling and case management
VA OFfice Address Phone Number

Ohio Department of Veterans Services

77 S High St
Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 644-0898

Cleveland Regional Office and Loan Center

1240 East Ninth St.
Cleveland, OH 44199

(844) 698-2311

Woodland Cemetery Soldiers’ Lot Administration

6901 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44104

(330) 335-3069

Daytona National Cemetery Administrator

4400 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45428

(937) 268-2221

Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery Admin

2900 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43204

(937) 268-2221

Confederate Stockade Cemetery Administration

Johnson’s Island
Sandusky, OH 44870

(330) 335-3069

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

10175 Rawiga Road
Seville, OH 44273

(330) 335-3069

Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center

420 N James Rd
Columbus, OH 43219

(614) 257-5200

OSU Office of Military and Veterans Services

281 W Lane Ave
Columbus, OH 43201

(614) 247-8387

Dayton VA Medical Center

4100 W Third St
Dayton, OH 45428

(937) 268-6511

Canton VA Outpatient Clinic

733 Market Avenue South
Canton, OH 44702

(330) 489-4600

Gallipolis VA Clinic

323A Upper River Road
Gallipolis, OH 45631

(740) 446-3934

Youngstown VA Outpatient Clinic

2031 Belmont Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44505

(330) 740-9200

VA Ann Arbor – Toledo Annex

2215 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

(734) 769-7100

Cleveland VA Medical Center

10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

(877) 838-8262 or

(216) 791-3800

Chillicothe VA Medical Center

17273 OH-104
Chillicothe, OH 45601

(740) 773-1141

Stark County Vet Center

601 Cleveland Ave N, Ste. C
Canton, OH 44702

(330) 454-3120

Cleveland Vet Center

5310 1/2 Warrensville Ctr Rd
Maple Heights, OH

(216) 707-7901

McCafferty Vet Center Outstation

4242 Lorain Avenue Ste. 203
Cleveland, OH 44113

(216) 939-0784 or

(877) 927-8387

Dayton Vet Center

627 Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45417

(937) 461-9150

Columbus Vet Center

30 Spruce Street
Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 257-5550

Cincinnati Vet Center

4545 Montgomery Road
Norwood, OH 45212

(513) 763-3500

Parma Vet Center

5700 Pearl Road Ste. 102
Parma, OH 44129

(440) 845-5023

Toledo Vet Center

1565 S. Byrne Road, Ste. 104
Toledo, OH 43614

(419) 213-7533 or

(877) 927-8387

Adams County Veterans Service Office

215 North Cross St., Rm 112
West Union, OH 45693

(937) 544-5005

Allen County Veterans Service Office

301 North Main St., Rm 113
Lima, OH 45801

(419) 223-8522 or

(419) 228-3700 ext. 8819

Ashland County Veterans Service Office

110 Cottage St.
Ashland, OH 44805

(419) 282-4225 ext. 4200

Ashtabula County Veterans Service Office

1212 Lake Ave.
Ashtabula, OH 44004

(440) 964-8324

Athens County Veterans Service Office

70 N. Plains Rd., Ste A
The Plains, OH 45780

(740) 592-3216

Auglaize County Veterans Service Office

209 S. Blackhoof St.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

(419) 739-6750

Belmont County Veterans Service Office

3326 Belmont St.
Bellaire, OH 43906

(740) 325-1042

Veterans’ Services of Brown County

474 Home St., Suite D
Georgetown, Ohio 45121

(937) 378-3155 or

(866) 378-3155

Butler County Veterans Service Commission

315 High Street
Hamilton, OH 45011

(513) 887-3600

Carroll County Veterans Service Office

160 2nd Street SW
Carrollton, Ohio 44615

(330) 627-2590

Champaign County Veterans Service Commission

220 E. Court St.
Urbana, OH 43078

(937) 653-4554

Clark County Veterans Services

120 S. Center St.
Springfield OH 45502

(937) 521-2030

Clinton County Veterans Service Commission

43 S. Walnut St.
Wilmington, Oh 45177

(937) 382-3233

Clermont County Veterans Services

76 South Riverside Dr.
Batavia, OH 45103

(513) 732-7363

Columbiana County Veterans Service Commission

7989 Dickey Drive
Lisbon, OH 44432

(330) 424-7214

Coshocton County Veterans Service Office

318 Main St.
Coshocton, OH 43812

(740) 622-2313

Crawford County Veterans Service Commission

112 E. Mansfield St.
Bucyrus, OH 44820

(419) 562-7761

Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission

1849 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 698-2600 or

(866) 915-8387

Darke County Veterans Services

611 Wagner Ave.
Greenville, OH 45331

(937) 548-5305

Defiance County Veterans Affairs Office

1300 E. Second St., Ste. 102
Defiance, OH 43512

(419) 782-6861

Delaware County Veterans Service

149 N. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015

(740) 833-2010

Erie County Veterans Service

2900 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870

(419) 627-7579

Fairfield County Veterans Services Commission

3044 Columbus-Lancaster Rd. NW

Lancaster, OH 43130

(740) 652-7920

Fayette County Veterans Service Commission

133 South Main St.
Union, Ohio 43160

(740) 335-1610

Franklin County Veterans Service Commission

280 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 525-2500

Fulton County Veterans Services

152 S Fulton Street
Wauseon, OH 43567

(419) 337-9266

Greene County Veterans Office

571 Ledbetter Rd.
Xenia, OH 45385

(937) 562-6020

Gallia County Veteran Service Commission

323 Upper River Rd., Ste. B
Gallipolis, Ohio 45631

(740) 446-2005 or

(740) 446-3642

Geauga County Veterans Service Commission

470 Center St.
Chardon, OH 44024

(440) 279-1860 or

(440) 285-2222

Guernsey County Veterans Services

627 Wheeling Ave.
Cambridge, OH 43725

(740) 432-9295

Harrison County Veterans Service Office

538 North Main St.
Cadiz, OH 43907

(740) 942-2027

Hardin County Veterans Service Commission

One Courthouse Square
Kenton, OH 43326

(419) 674-2219

Hamilton County Veterans Service

230 E. Ninth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

(513) 946-3300

Hancock County Veterans Service Office

1100 E. Main Cross St., Ste. 123
Findlay, OH 45840

(419) 424-7036

Henry County Veterans Service Office

1855 Oakwood Ave.
Napoleon, OH 43545

(419) 592-0956

Highland County Veterans Service Commission

1575 N. High St.
Hillsboro, OH 45133

(937) 393-8686

Hocking County Veterans’ Service Commission

93 W. Hunter St.
Logan, OH 43138-1207

(740) 385-7507

Holmes County Veterans Service

75 E. Clinton St.
Millersburg, OH 44654

(330) 674-4806

Huron County Veteran Service Commission

130 Shady Lane Dr.
Norwalk, OH 44857

(419) 668-4150

Jackson County Veterans Services

157 Broadway St.
Jackson, OH 45640

(740) 286-3004

Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission

500 Market St., Ste. 310
Steubenville, OH 43952

(740) 283-8571

Knox County Veterans Service Office

411 Pittsburgh Ave.
Mt. Vernon, OH 43050

(740) 393-6742

Lake County Veterans Service Commission

105 Main St.
Painesville, OH 44077

(800) 899-5253 or

(440) 350-2567 ext. 2568, 2569

Lawrence County Veterans Service Office

111 South Fourth St.
Ironton, OH 45638

(740) 533-4327 or

(740) 532-5290

Licking County Veterans Service Commission

935 Buckeye Ave.
Newark, OH 43055

(740) 670-5430

Logan County Veterans Services

121 S. Opera St.
Bellefontaine, OH 43311

(937) 599-4221

Lorain County Veterans Service Commission

1230 North Abbe Rd.
Elyria, OH 44035

(440) 284-4625

Lucas County Veterans Service Commission

2595 Arlington Ave.
Toledo, OH 43614

(419) 213-6090

Madison County Veteran Services

1 North Main Street
London, Ohio 43140

(740) 852-0676

Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission

345 Oak Hill Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502

(330) 740-2450

Marion County Veterans Service

220 East Fairground St., Ste 101
Marion, Ohio 43302

(740) 387-0100

Medina County Veterans Service Office

210 Northland Drive
Medina, Ohio, 44256

(330) 722-9368

Meigs County Veteran Service Commission

117 E. Memorial Dr., Ste. 3.
Pomeroy, OH 45769

(740) 992-2820

Mercer County Veterans Service Commission

220 W. Livingston St., B270
Celina, OH 45822

(419) 586-3542

Miami County Veterans Services

510 W. Water Street, Ste 140
Troy, OH 45373

(937) 440-8126

Monroe County Veterans Office

118 Home Ave.
Woodsfield, Ohio 43793

(740) 472-0743

Montgomery County Veterans Services

627 Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45417

(937) 225-4801

Morgan County Veterans Services

135 S. Kennebec Ave.
McConnelsville, OH 43756

(740) 962-4181

Morrow County Veterans Services

143 South Main Street
Mt. Gilead, OH 43338

(419) 946-1914

Muskingum County Veterans Services

225 Underwood St., Ste. 500
Zanesville, OH 43701

(740) 455-7149

Noble County Veterans Service Commission

190 Court House
Caldwell, OH 43724

(740) 732-5567

Ottawa County Veterans Services

8444 W State Route 163, Ste 102, Oak Harbor, OH 43449

(419) 898-2089 or

(800) 610-8872

Paulding County Veterans Service Commission

810 E. Perry St.
Paulding, OH 45879

(419) 399-8285

Perry County Veterans Services

121 W. Brown St.
New Lexington, OH 43764

(740) 342-2536

Pickaway County Veterans Services Office

141 W. Main Street, Ste. 300
Circleville, OH 43113

(888) 330-3522 or

(740) 474-3650

Pike County Veterans Service Commission

120 S. Market St.
Waverly, OH 45690

(740) 947-2766

Portage County Veterans Services

449 South Meridian Street
Ravenna, OH 44266

(330) 297-3545

Preble County Veterans Services

108 North Barron St.
Eaton, OH 45320

(937) 456-6111

Putnam County Veterans service Commission

336 E. Main St. Suite A
Ottawa, Ohio 45875

(419) 523-4478

Richland County Veterans Services Commission

597 Park Avenue East
Mansfield, OH 44905

(419) 774-5822

Ross County Veterans Services

475 Western Ave., Ste. #C
Chillicothe, OH 45601

(740) 772-1600

Sandusky County Veterans Office

2511 Countryside Dr., Ste. B
Fremont, OH 43420

(419) 334-4421

Scioto County Veterans Service Commission

612 6th St., Ste. A
Portsmouth, OH 45662

(740) 353-1477

Seneca County Veterans Service Commission

920 E. County Rd. 20
Tiffin, OH 44883

(419) 447-2885

Shelby County Veterans Services

133 S. Ohio Avenue
Sidney, Ohio 45365

(937) 498-7282

Stark County Veterans Service Commission

2955 Wise Ave. NW
Canton, Ohio 44708

(330) 451-7457

Veterans Service Commission Of Summit County

1060 E. Waterloo Rd.
Akron, OH 44306

(330) 643-2830

Trumbull County Veterans Services

253 E. Market St.
Warren, OH 44481

(330) 675-2585 or

(330) 675-2586

Tuscarawas County Veterans Service Commission

393 16th St. SW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

(330) 339-1163

Union County Veteran Service Commission

835 E. Fifth St.
Marysville, OH 43040

(937) 642-7956 or

(800) 686-2306

Van Wert County Veterans Services Commission

121 E. Main Street
Van Wert, Ohio 45891

(419) 238-9592 or

(877) 644-6838

Vinton County Veterans Services

100 East Main Street
McArthur, OH 45651

(740) 596-4571 ext. 224

Warren County Ohio Veterans Service Commission

320 East Silver Street
Lebanon, Ohio 45036

(513) 695-2717

Washington County Veterans Service Office

706 Pike St.
Marietta, OH 45750

(740) 568-9009

Wayne County Veterans Service Commission

356 W. North St.
Wooster, OH 44691

(330) 345-6638 or

(800) 335-6638

Williams County Veterans Service Commission

1425 E High Street
Bryan, OH 43506

(419) 636-8812

Wood County Veterans Assistance Center

1616 E. Wooster St.
Bowling Green, OH. 43402

(419) 354-9147

Wyandot County Veterans Service Office

250 Highland Pkwy
Upper Sandusky, OH 43351

(419) 294-2045

Social Security Offices

The US Social Security Administration provides retirement benefits to qualifying elders. See the table below to find your nearest office, go online or call (800) 772-1213 to speak to a representative about programs you and your loved ones may qualify for.

Social Security Office Address Phone Number

Whitehall Social Security Office

220 S Hamilton Rd
Whitehall, OH 43213

(866) 592-0733

Worthington Social Security Office

1051 Worthington Woods Blvd
Worthington, OH 43085

(866) 789-0957

Cincinnati Social Security Office

10205 Reading Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45241

(800) 772-1213

Cincinnati Social Security Administration

550 Main St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

(866) 593-1519

Piqua Social Security Administration

277 Looney Rd
Piqua, OH 45356

(866) 931-2520

Chillicothe Social Security Office

44 Stoneridge Ct
Chillicothe, OH 45601

(877) 452-6971

Xenia Social Security Office

80 Progress Dr
Xenia, OH 45385

(866) 755-5372

Hamilton Social Security Office

6553 Winford Ave
Hamilton, OH 45011

(888) 862-3585

Springfield Social Security Administration

1610 N Limestone St
Springfield, OH 45503

(877) 405-1451

Marion Social Security Office

1363 Wellness Dr
Marion, OH 43302

(888) 475-0296

Columbus Social Security Office

1060 Georgesville Rd
Columbus, OH 43228

(866) 656-0178

Columbus Social Security Administration

200 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215

(866) 964-1723

Dayton Social Security Office

4375 Hoover Ave
Dayton, OH 45417

(877) 895-0038

Dayton Social Security Administration

200 W 2nd St
Dayton, OH 45402

(888) 329-5724

Franklin Social Security Administration

3715 Towne Blvd
Franklin, OH 45005

(877) 457-1738

Newark Social Security Administration

125 Derby Downs Rd
Newark, OH 43055

(866) 737-3514

Bowling Green Social Security Office

745 Innovation Dr
Bowling Green, OH 43402

(800) 772-1213

Cleveland Social Security Office

11601 Shaker Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44120

(800) 772-1213

Lancaster Social Security Administration

252 Venture Pl
Lancaster, OH 43130

(877) 841-5712

Athens Social Security Office

743A E State St
Athens, OH 45701

(877) 840-7683

New Philadelphia Social Security Administration

1260 Monroe St NW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

(866) 731-4236

Painesville Social Security Office

55 W Jackson St
Painesville, OH 44077

(800) 772-1213

Warrensville Social Security Office

18711 Miles Ave
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

(800) 772-1213

Fremont Social Security Office

2220 Enterprise Dr
Fremont, OH 43420

(866) 614-4760

Cambridge Social Security Office

1225 Woodlawn Ave
Cambridge, OH 43725

(866) 883-5281

Batavia Social Security Office

1050 Hospital Dr
Batavia, OH 45103

(800) 453-0494

East Liverpool Social Security Office

120 E 4th St
East Liverpool, OH 43920

(800) 772-1213

Portsmouth Social Security Administration

921 4th St
Portsmouth, OH 45662

(866) 613-3961

Ohio Senior Centers

Ohio is home to a thriving older population who use senior centers to help fill in the gaps of care in their service plans, like social activities or exercise. According to our research, centers in this state provide a variety of free or reduced-price services. These programs are often for residents as young as 50, and they include:

  • Communal dining and home-delivered meals, usually through Meals On Wheels
  • Exercise programs like chair yoga, Zumba, and boxing for cognitive support
  • Art classes and open use rooms such as for painting or making ceramics
  • Support groups and resources for those dealing with aging-related issues
  • Entertainment like cultural programs, special guests, and musicians
  • Hands-on activities like knitting, gold-panning, and gardening

There are many senior centers across Ohio, a lot of them without websites. See this list below for senior centers with websites for you to browse.

Senior Center Address Phone Number

Streetsboro Senior Center

9307 St. Rt. 43
Streetsboro, OH 44241

(330) 626-2398

Whitehall Senior Center

4924 Etna Rd
Whitehall, OH 43213

(614) 328-2879

Senior Center-Marion

2375 Harding Hwy E
Marion, OH 43302

(740) 387-6100

Westerville Senior Center

310 W Main St
Westerville, OH 43081

(614) 901-6560

Solon Ohio Active Adult & Senior Services

35000 Portz Parkway
Solon, OH 44139

(440) 349-6363

Mentor Senior Center

8484 Munson Rd
Mentor, OH 44060

(440) 974-5725

Warrensville Heights Senior Center

4567 Green Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128

(216) 587-1250

John Torok Community & Senior Center

4224 Massillon Rd
North Canton, OH 44720

(330) 896-2208

Beavercreek Senior Center

3868 Dayton Xenia Rd
Beavercreek, OH 45432

(937) 426-6166

Perry Senior Center

2800 Perry Park Rd
Perry, OH 44081

(440) 259-3772

Eastlake Senior Center

1580 E 332nd St
Eastlake, OH 44095

(440) 975-4268

Gillie Senior Recreation Center

2100 Morse Rd
Columbus, OH 43229

(614) 645-3106

Anderson Senior Center

7970 Beechmont Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45255

(513) 474-3100

Pickaway Senior Center

2105 Chickasaw Dr
Circleville, OH 43113

(740) 474-8831

United Senior Services

125 West Main Street
Springfield, OH 45502

(937) 323-4948

Vandalia Senior Citizens Center

333 James E. Bohanan Drive
Vandalia, OH 45377

(937) 898-5891

Avon Senior Center

36784 Detroit Rd
Avon, OH 44011

(440) 934-2417

City of Hilliard: Senior Center

3810 Veterans Memorial Dr
Hilliard, OH 43026

(614) 876-0747

Vinton County Senior Citizens Center

7G6F+87 McArthur
Elk Township, OH

(740) 596-4706

Clinton County Senior Center

717 N Nelson Ave
Wilmington, OH 45177

(937) 655-2158

Geneva Senior Center

62 W Main St
Geneva, OH 44041

(440) 466-3048

Clyde Senior Center

900 N. Woodland Ave.
Clyde, OH 43410

419-637-7947

Fremont Senior Center

600 W. State St.
Fremont, OH 43420

(419) 547-8052

Gibsonburg Senior Center

100 Meadow Lane
Gibsonburg, OH 43431

(419) 334-8181

Martin Janis Senior Citizen Center

600 E 11th Ave
Columbus, OH 43211

(614) 645-5954

Senior Center of Tuscarawas

425 Prospect St
Dover, OH 44622

(330) 364-6611

Fulton County Senior Center

240 Clinton St
Wauseon, OH 43567

(419) 337-9299

North Olmsted Senior Center

28114 Lorain Rd
North Olmsted, OH 44070

(440) 777-8100

Wickliffe Senior Center

900 Worden Rd
Wickliffe, OH 44092

(440) 373-5015

Warrensville Heights Senior Center

4567 Green Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128

(216) 587-1250

Fairport Senior Center

1380 East St
Fairport Harbor, OH 44077

(440) 354-3674

E L Evans Senior Center

4330 Dudley Ave
Grove City, OH 43123

(614) 277-1060

Gahanna Senior Center

480 Rocky Fork Blvd
Gahanna, OH 43230

(614) 342-4265

Euclid Senior Center

585 East 222nd St.
Euclid, OH 44123

(216) 289-2700

Green Township Senior Citizens Center

3620 Epley Ln
Cincinnati, OH 45247

(513) 385-3780

Senior Center of Sidney Shelby

304 S West Ave
Sidney, OH 45365

(937) 492-5266

Austintown Senior Center

100 Westchester Dr
Austintown, OH 44515

(330) 953-1416

Mayores Senior Center

2 Aurora L Gonzalez Dr
Toledo, OH 43609

(419) 242-1144

Middlefield Senior Center

15820 Ridgewood Dr
Middlefield, OH 44062

(440) 632-0611

Maumee Senior Center

2430 Detroit Ave
Maumee, OH 43537

(419) 893-1994

Oregon Senior Center

4350 Navarre Ave.
Oregon, OH 43616

(419) 698-7078

Willoughby Senior Center

38032 Brown Ave
Willoughby, OH 44094

(440) 951-2832

Reynoldsburg Seniors Citizens Center

1520 Davidson Dr
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

(614) 866-5890

North Ridgeville Senior Center

7327 Avon Belden Rd
North Ridgeville, OH 44039

(440) 353-0828

Belmont County Senior Services

45240 National Road West
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950

(740) 695-4142

Groveport Village Senior Center

7370 Groveport Rd
Groveport, OH 43125

(614) 836-4599

Blendon Township Senior Center

6330 S Hempstead Rd
Westerville, OH 43081

(614) 882-1260

Dwyer Senior Center

300 Bryson Ln
Bay Village, OH 44140

(440) 899-3409

O’Neill Senior Center

333 4th St
Marietta, OH 45750

(740) 373-3914

Garfield Heights Senior Center

5407 Turney Rd
Cleveland, OH 44125

(216) 475-3244

Germantown Senior Center

33 N Cherry St
Germantown, OH 45327

(937) 855-4191

Rocky River Senior Center

21014 Hilliard Blvd
Rocky River, OH 44116

(440) 333-6660

Kirtland Senior Center

7900 Euclid Chardon Rd
Kirtland, OH 44094

(440) 256-4711

Huber Heights Senior Citizen

6428 Chambersburg Rd
Dayton, OH 45424

(937) 233-9999

Deardoff & Deardoff Senior Center

605 S River St
Franklin, OH 45005

(937) 743-8100

Westlake Senior Center

29694 Center Ridge Rd
Cleveland, OH 44145

(440) 899-3544

Pickerington Senior Center

150 Hereford Dr
Pickerington, OH 43147

(614) 837-3020

Springdale Community Center

11999 Lawnview Ave
Springdale OH, 45246

(513) 346-3910

Sharonville Senior Programs At The Rec Center

10990 Thornview Drive
Sharonville, OH 45241

(513) 563-2895

Blue Ash Senior Programs At The Rec Center

4433 Cooper Rd.
Cincinnati OH

(513) 745-8550

Muskingum County Center For Seniors

160 N 4th St
Zanesville, OH 43701

(740) 454-9761

De Fiance County Senior Center

708 E High St
Hicksville, OH 43526

(419) 542-5004

Spring Valley Senior Center

2551 Old U.S. 42 South
Spring Valley, OH 45370

(937) 862-4475

West Geauga Senior Center

12650 West Geauga Plaza, Unit #4
Chesterland, OH 44026

(440) 729-2782

Granville Senior Center

3825 Columbus Road, Building D
Granville, Ohio 43023

(740) 587-1333

Allen Eiry Senior Center

28 Hopewell Avenue
Tiffin, OH 44883

(419) 448-9774

Miami Senior Center

8 N Miami Ave
Cleves, OH 45002

(513) 941-2854

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Ohio

Assisted Living Admission Requirements

To be eligible for residency in an assisted living facility, a person must first undergo an assessment to verify that they are in need of nursing home level care. The assessment must be completed by an RN. A person-centered service plan must also be created that is reviewed at least yearly, or whenever the resident’s service needs change. Medicaid recipients must participate in a long-term care consultation. Generally, a resident can need skilled nursing services for no more than 120 days a year.

Assisted Living Scope of Care

A resident of a residential care facility (RCF) must qualify by needing either:

  • Daily assistance with two or more activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Daily assistance with one ADL and medication assistance
  • At least one skilled nursing service like continence care, or
  • 24-hour support due to cognitive impairment

Ohio licenses RCFs to provide:

  • Personal assistance with activities of daily living as needed
  • Housekeeping and laundry service
  • Three regularly scheduled meals per day and open access to snacks
  • Regularly available non-medical transportation
  • Care staff available 24 hours a day for all unscheduled needs of residents
  • Recreational and social programs that promote autonomy and dignity
  • An RN as needed to help with medication and other skilled nursing duties

Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

While Ohio Medicaid doesn’t directly cover the costs of assisted living, it does provide assisted living waivers for the elderly residents who qualify according to age and income requirements. This waiver helps pay for care received while in assisted living, allowing the participant to use their resources the room and board rate, which is $700 in 2018. There is a waitlist for the waiver, but there are plans to eliminate the waitlist in the next few years. Most facilities participate in the Medicaid waiver program; those that don’t must provide written notice to residents or their sponsor prior to admission.

Assisted Living Community Requirements

All residents of assisted living in Ohio are entitled to their own private apartments unless they elect to bring a roommate that they already have a relationship with before moving into the facility, and it is approved by the residents’ case managers. These units must also have locks on the inside unless this would pose a danger, such as a resident with dementia unable to operate the lock to open it.

Assisted Living Service Agreements

Residents of assisted living facilities need to create a person-centered service plan with their care team and anyone they choose to be involved. This plan needs to be updated at least yearly, and involve:

  • Resident wishes, preferences, strengths, and weaknesses
  • The location of the facility chosen by the resident as well as the other options for facilities that were considered
  • Medical needs as determined by the initial health assessment and how the facility will meet those needs
  • Any possible risks for the resident and a backup plan to meet their needs

Medicaid recipients also need to participate in long-term care consultations, which must include the resident, their care staff, medical team, sponsor, and anyone else the resident chooses. Facilities may enter into negotiated risk agreements if the need arises to plan for contingencies like special diets, or dying wishes.

Medication Management Regulations

In residential care facilities, an RN must be available to assess residents and create a medication management plan. Residents need to have doctor’s orders that state they are able to self-administer their medication, otherwise, the facility needs to provide skilled nursing services. Under federal law, medication can only be administered by a physician, RN, or nurses aide.

An RN may designate a member of the care staff that they believe to be competent. Designated medication assistants are able to:

  • Open medication, or put medication in a cup and offer the cup to a resident
  • Remind residents when and what medication they need to take
  • Log when medication is taken
  • Assist in the application of a topical cream

Ohio Assisted Living Staffing Requirements

There are no minimum staffing requirements for residential care facilities in Ohio. It is up to the facility administrators to determine how many staff are needed to provide all scheduled and unscheduled care services for all the residents, 24 hours a day. Staff members below the age of 18 may not assist with medications, transportation or hygiene tasks like bathing.

Assisted Living Staff Training Requirements

To provide assisted living services, a residential care facility must be licensed to do so and train all employees in the following subjects before they can provide care:

  • Assisted living principles and philosophy
  • The aging process
  • Cognitive processes and care for cognitively or behaviorally challenged residents
  • Resident confidentiality and rights
  • Consumer service plans, processes, care-related decisions, and rights

Background Checks

In Ohio, all facilities must request a background check for all potential care staff no later than five days after they’re employed. The staff member must be denied employment or let go if already hired if they are found to have any violent, drug-related or insurance fraud convictions on their records. Any staff member that has been a resident of Ohio for less than five years must submit to an FBI background check.

Requirements for Reporting Abuse

Any employee that witnesses or suspects abuse must immediately report it to the facility, who is legally bound to investigate. There are whistleblower protection laws in place for caregivers who report abuse. To make a report against a facility, call the Ohio Department of Health at 1-800-342-0553.

Recently, new laws have increased protections for senior citizens in the state. More occupations are now classified as mandatory reporters, meaning that if they see or suspect abuse, they are required by law to report it to Adult Protective Services (APS). Also, financial elder abuse is now a crime punishable by jail time and is now more vigilantly investigated by APS as well as the state Ombudsman. If you see or suspect elder abuse, please visit this website or call the OhioHOPES helpline at 1-800-411-2267.