Older adulthood should be a time for enjoyment and celebrating much-deserved independence. Sometimes, however, aging creates challenges that can be a barrier to this independence.
For over 20 years, the Butler County Elderly Services Program (ESP) has provided home-based services that can assist with aging-related challenges and help to ensure continued independence. ESP is funded by a countywide tax levy and is administered by the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio. LifeSpan has partnered with ESP since its inception and provides the Care Management as well as the Intake and Information and Referral for the program. See our infographic for a visual representation of the ESP structure.
If you or a loved one are seeking information on services or community resources, please call our Information and Referral (I&R) line at 513-868-9281. LifeSpan’s I&R specialists have over 40 years of combined experience with extensive knowledge of local resources. All I&R Specialists are Certified Information and Referral Specialists in Aging and Disability. More information is available within our Community Resources Book.
We also offer a private pay care management service. Family Connection serves as a liaison between the older adult, family members, doctors, and other resource providers by coordinating communication so that everyone is informed and updated at all times. We provide more than a service. We create a professional relationship that helps older adults stay in their own homes for as long as possible while maintaining a high quality of life.
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, or if you are uncertain about whether or not Family Connection is the most appropriate service, an expert care manager will consult with you to determine the best course of action. A consultation can help to identify available resources, inform individuals and families of options and guide decisions about how to proceed. Consultations are free, can be scheduled at any mutually convenient time, and can occur in your home, at our office, or at another location.
Cost will vary for each individual. Care Managers will verify your monthly income as well as monthly medical expenses that you incur (i.e. medication costs, insurance costs, hospital bills, etc.). We then deduct your medical expenses from your income and use the remaining balance as your countable income.
We have a sliding fee scale to determine whether or not you have a co-payment for your services. Your co-payment is based on the total cost of the services you receive through ESP.
Example: You receive 2 hours of homemaking each week and an Emergency Medical Response System (lifeline button). The total cost of these services is $200 per month. If you have a 10% co-pay, you would only pay $20 per month for your services.
Katie has over eleven years in the field of social work. She has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters Degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a Licensed Social Worker, a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager through the National Association of Social Workers, and a professional Geriatric Care Manager with the Aging Life Care Association.