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Aging in Place Program

03.01.24 written by


            Summit County has announced a new initiative program called the Aging In Place Program. The program will run for the next two years up to December 2025. Summit County has received an $8 million dollar grant, to assist seniors who do not qualify for Medicaid to stay in their homes longer. The program is funded by a $4 million grant from Summit County Council and an additional $4 million in state funds from the Department of Aging and federal American Rescue Plan Act.


  • Must be over 60 years old.
  • Must be a resident of Summit County
  • Cannot be qualified for Medicaid or SSI.
  • Must apply before December 2025
  • Must complete screening with Direction Home.
  • Priority will be given based on need and placement on waitlist.


This is a three-prong program available to Summit County Seniors. Services will be tailored according to the needs of the individual based on a thorough screening. The three prongs include:

Care Coordination: Part one provides caregiving services meant to help people with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Activities of daily living are activities related to personal care. They include bathing or showering, dressing, getting in and out of bed or a chair, walking, using the toilet, and eating. Applicants may qualify for caregivers, meals, transportation and more.

Digital Inclusion: Part two is to help Senior’s with their digital needs. This may include providing digital equipment such as tablets or styluses. It also may include set up and training services helping the senior set up an email or social media account or how to use the internet. It can also include up to one year of an internet hotspot being provided.

Chore Services/Home Repair: Part three is a one-time need to help Senior’s improve or maintain their home through chores or repairs. The cost of repairs should not exceed $500. Examples of how funds may be used could include, repair of a furnace, installing ramps or grab bars in the house, removal of dangerous structures on the grounds, gutter cleaning, etc.


To begin the screening and assessment process, Summit County residents ages 60 or older or their caregivers can call 877-770-5558 or visit Applicants will need to be assessed based on need and may be placed on a waiting list.

NOTE: This general summary of the law should not be used to solve individual problems since slight changes in the fact situation may require a material variance in the applicable legal advice. Please contact an Elder Law Attorney to help with long term care and aging in place planning.

Written by:
Kyla A. Williger, CELA.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
5 East Main St., Hudson, OH 44236