WHO WE ARE
Lorain County Office on Aging improves the health, well-being and independence of Lorain County residents by serving vulnerable aging individuals & other adults with special needs.
WHAT WE DO
The Lorain County Office on Aging strives to improve the health of seniors & disabled adults through: assessment, benefits assistance, support services to remain independent for as long as possible, linkage/referral, transportation assistance, home food delivery, housekeeping, chore assistance, food pantry services, volunteer placement, kinship services and Senior Years newspaper.
ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO PAY HEATING BILLS THROUGHOUT THE WINTER?
CALL AGING & DISABILITY RESOURCE NETWORK (ADRN) AT (440) 326-4800
Lorain County Office on Aging offers assistance applying for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to eligible adults who are disabled or 60+ and live in Lorain County. Eligibility is based on income.
To see if you are eligible to receive Home Energy Assistance to help pay your utility bills, please call:
Lorain County Office on Aging
Monday - Friday (8:00a - 4:30p)
Are You Over 60 or Disabled & Unsure Where to Turn for Help?
Call Lorain County Office on Aging, at (440) 326-4800, Today!
Do you know a senior or disabled adult who is struggling to maintain their health, well-being and independence?
Our Aging & Disability Resource Network (ADRN) offers a variety of services to connect you with benefits and resources needed to protect your health and remain independent, in your home.
Call today and a highly trained Information & Assistance Counselor will work with you to determine services you (or an eligible family member) are eligible to receive and help connect you with services to help maintain seniors and disabled adults maintain their health and independence. The Lorain County Office on Aging also provides follow-up services to make sure you get all of the services you are eligible to receive.
To learn more about how Lorain County Office on Aging’s ADRN can help, please call our
Information & Assistance Counselor at (440) 326-4800
Interested in Helping Isolated Seniors in Need?
CONSIDER BECOMING A TRANSPORTATION TO HEALTHCARE APPOINTMENT VOLUNTEER DRIVER
To address the transportation needs of sick, isolated & homebound seniors living in Lorain County, Lorain County Office on Aging operates a Transportation Assistance to Healthcare Appointments Program at our Elyria and Wellington offices.
We are always looking for caring, reliable individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of others, and are interested in protecting the health and independence of older Lorain County residents in need.
Flexible schedules are available. Training and mileage reimbursement are provided.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING WITH OUR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?
Please contact Carrie, at (440) 326-4826, today
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR
LORAIN COUNTY RESIDENTS
RECEIVING BOTH MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES
MyCare Ohio– a new managed care plan designed for adults 18 and older receiving services from BOTH Medicare and Medicaid is coming to Northeast Ohio.
If you currently participate in a wavier program including, PASSPORT, CHOICES, Ohio Home Care or Assisted Living, if you reside in a nursing home, if you need behavior health or drug and alcohol services or live in the community and receive Medicare and a Medicaid card each month for full Medicaid services, you will be required to make a decision about MyCare Ohio.
Individuals will now have until December 2014 to decide which Medicare plan best fits their health care needs. This may include selecting one of the three Medicare Managed Care Plans or deciding to “opt out” of Medicare managed care. The choice is yours, depending on which plan best meets your health care needs.
Beginning in January 2015, individuals who have not yet selected a Medicare plan will be enrolled in one of the MyCare Ohio managed care plans to ensure the full coordination of their care. These individuals will have the option “opt out” of Medicare managed care and to continue to receive their Medicare benefits through traditional Medicare fee for service or through a Medicare Advantage Plan.
For questions and information about MyCare Ohio, please call:
LORAIN COUNTY OFFICE ON AGING’S
BENEFITS ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR
Common Situations to Consider When Enrolling for Medicare Part D Coverage
You might want to…
Currently taking specific prescription drugs.
Look at Drug Plans that have included your medications in their formularies. The compare the costs.
Want extra protection for high prescription drug costs.
Look for plans that offer coverage in the coverage gap (Doughnut Hole), and then check with those plans to be sure your prescribed medications would be covered during the coverage gap (note: come plans may charge a higher monthly premium).
Want you’re your expenses to be balanced throughout the year.
Look at plans with low and no deductibles or additional coverage in the coverage gap.
Use a lot of generic prescriptions.
Look at plans with tiers that charge you nothing or low co-payments for generic prescriptions.
Do not have many drug costs now, but want coverage for peace of mind, and to avoid future penalties.
Look for plans with low monthly premiums for drug coverage. If you need prescriptions in the future, all plans must still cover most drugs used by people with Medicare.
Like the extra benefits and lower costs that are available by getting your health care and prescription drug coverage from one plan, and are willing to accept the plan’s restrictions on what doctors, hospitals and other health care providers you can use.
Look at Medicare Advantage Plans with prescription drug coverage.
If you already have drug coverage, you probably do not need to sign up for Medicare, Part D coverage. However, it is wise to check.
To learn more about Medicare Part D plans and choices that are best for you:
Contact Lorain County Office on Aging’s Benefits Counselors
at (440) 326-4800.
Access Your Benefits!!
Do you know you may be eligible for help to handle many of your needs. Our new program "Access To Benefits" can put you in touch with many local, state and federal programs. Some of the benefits we can screen for are:
HEAP & PIPP (Utility Costs)
Veteran Services & Benefits
Medicare Drug Costs
Low Cost Housing
Ohio Best RX
Contact us as we have trained staff to help. Screening can be done in person or on the phone. If you would like to have someone come to your home or call you please contact Lauren at 440-326-4822.
Or you may call our office at 440-326-4800 or 440-244-6261 Ext 4800