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.

To find out about the top assisted living communities in Columbus, read our guide that provides in-depth reviews on the 29 facilities that are certified by the Assisted Living Research Institute.