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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging Housing and Home Repair

Alternative Housing

A variety of living options are available for older Ohioans. Alternatives include:

  • Senior Apartments - Private apartments restricted to seniors offer residents the independence they desire while providing a more controlled community environment, freedom from the responsibility of property maintenance and amenities designed for older aduls. Optional services may be available for an additional fee, such as housekeeping, dining and transportation. Some properties offer federal rent subsidies for eligible low income seniors, and may have a waiting list.
  • Congregate and retirement housing - Residents in these apartment facilities live independently but also receive some services such as a daily meal with other tenants. Some may be rent-subsidized (Section 8 housing).
  • Residential Care and Assisted Living Facilities - Private suites or apartments offer congregate services, personal care and limited skilled care.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities - These communities offer multiple levels of care (e.g., independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care). Thus, residents can remain in the community, even if their needs change.
  • Adult Care Facilities and Group Homes - These licensed facilities provide housing and limited personal services for three to 16 adults who typically need a high level of care but retain some level of independence.
  • Nursing Homes - Licensed facilities offer residents personal care and skilled nursing care 24 hours a day. They may also provide room and board, supervision, medication, therapies, rehabilitation and other services.

Related Information

Ohio's Rental Housing Locator
Find available housing options, including apartments with special features for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Housing Choices
AARP examines housing alternatives for older people and provides tips for consumers.

Ohio Long-term Care Consumer Guide
Compare licensed nursing and residential care (assisted living) facilities throughout the state.

Home Maintenance, Repair and Accessibility Modifications

Home maintenance, repair and modification services help older Ohioans preserve existing property values and make structural modifications or repairs necessary to help them live safely.

Home maintenance includes a variety of critical routine services, such as inspecting furnaces and water heaters, fixing or replacing torn window screens or broken panes, or replacing electrical fuses.

Home repairs include repair or installation of heating and air conditioning equipment; minor plumbing or electrical repair; repair or replacement of gutters, shingles, flashing or other roofing; and Repairs to eliminate holes or other hazards in flooring or stairs.

Home modification make the physical environment more functional and accessible, enabling people with disabilities to perform daily activities with greater independence. Examples include building ramps, widening doorways, installing grab bars and other assistive devices.

Funding for these services comes from a combination of public and private funding and local resources. Work is provided by licensed contractors and others. Contact your area agency on aging for more information about the services available in your community.

Related Information

Save The Dream
Save the Dream Ohio provide information on resources and assistance available to renters and homeowners facing foreclosure.

Universal Design
This public/private collaboration helps Ohioans make their home more user friendly and safe as they age.

Reverse Mortgages
The National Council on Aging explains this innovative and safe way to turn the equity in your home into cash.

Department of Commerce Consumer Affairs Hotline
The Ohio Department of Commerce protects older homeowners from predatory lenders. Call them at 1-866-278-0003.