Aging brings different challenges into your life and our Path Coordinators will be here to help you find supports for physical changes, personal care, and end of life decisions. We will also help you stay connected in your community and maintain a high quality of life.
Some services we provide during this life stage include:
- Help finding staffing and care;
- Nursing home screenings to determine if you are more suited for an ICF or a nursing home
- Burial planning
- DNR forms
Your Path Coordinator will assist you in finding daily activities, help you live within your means, and stay involved in your community. We will continue regular meetings and evaluations of your needs.
Habilitation services, also called adult day services, include social, leisure and recreational activities that enhance an individual’s quality of life, and are provided in a variety of settings. These activities may include: personal care, skill reinforcement, training in self-determination, wellness training, volunteering, and community inclusion. These services are offered by a number of quality providers in Clark County. All providers of center-based services are certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and their services are influenced by the goals and supports outlined in each person’s Individual Service Plan. If you are interested, your Path Coordinator can assist you in finding a day service that’s right for you.
We also assist with finding transportation to help people access habilitation resources. Developmental Disabilities offers a transportation service, as do some habilitation and vocational service providers. In addition, we have agreements with SCAT (Springfield City Area Transit), Clark County Jobs and Family Services’ WorkPlus program, Salvation Army’s Hand in Hand program, and other local transportation providers. Contact your Path Coordinator for assistance in arranging habilitation or vocational transportation.
Eligibility for services is determined using guidelines established by the State of Ohio. Click here for information about eligibility.
Paying for Services
If you or a family member is able to afford the care and services you need, you can pay for them yourself.
Many services for adults are funded through Medicaid waivers. Waivers provide funding to people who would otherwise be in a nursing home in order for them to be able to live successfully in the community. There are many factors that determine eligibility for waivers, such as the type and extent of disability, the prognosis, and financial assets. Each waiver provides different types of services. For more information about waivers, visit http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/medicaid-waivers. Currently no waivers are available.
In Clark County, 60% of funding for waivers is provided by the Federal government, and 40% is provided by the generosity of our community through the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County tax levy.
If you are still living with family and do not have a waiver, you may be eligible for some funding through the Family Support Services program (FSS). FSS covers such services as respite care, adaptive equipment, home modifications, and some therapies. Contact your Path Coordinator for help in applying for this funding.
When there is not enough funding available to meet the needs of those needing services, a person has the option of being placed on a waiting list. However, our Path Coordinators will try to find other ways to meet your needs.
The links below are for informational purposes, are not all-inclusive, and do not indicate endorsement by Developmental Disabilities of Clark County.
Disability.gov – disability-related information and resources
Disabled Travelers – information on businesses from around the world that specialize in disability travel
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program – Medicaid’s child health component, available to any child in Ohio with a Medicaid Card, including children on Ohio’s Home Care, Transitions, IO and Level 1 Waivers
OBI – robotic feeding device that allows people of all ages to eat independently and be active participants in social mealtimes
Ocali – very good resources for families who have a child with autism
Recreation Unlimited – year-round programs in sports, recreation and education for individuals with disabilities
Resource Guide for families with young children – provided by the Clark County Children and Family Collaborative
Sibling Support Project – A national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns
The Learning Cafe – an innovative program offering for-credit and personal interest courses as well as access to social services and convenient nutritious dinners for participants
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Autism information – information regarding screening/diagnosis, treatments, causes and risks