Restoring Independence

Catholic Social Services helps individuals of any age move out of hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities into their own homes or community-based settings.

What We Offer

Catholic Social Services’ trained HOME Choice Transition Coordinator helps an individual locate housing, set up a household, and connect with community services. The individual is provided with a stipend to establish a home by assisting with costs, like the first month’s rent, utilities, furniture, and transportation.

Support is provided to the individual for 90 days after leaving the facility.

Who Qualifies?

Persons who have resided in a hospital or extended care facility, like a nursing home, for 90 days, are Medicaid eligible, and are capable of living safely in the community may be eligible for HOME Choice services.

CSS provides Transition Coordination services in 7 counties: Franklin, Licking, Delaware, Pickaway, Madison, Fairfield, and Fayette.

IMPACT IN ACTION

$21,214,224 – Tax savings as a result of our HOME Choice program.

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Client Story

“I like helping people,” Scottie says.  It’s why he chose to build a career in telecommunications after graduating from George Mason University.  But although he liked his job and his life in Washington D.C., when his mother died, he started thinking about moving closer to his remaining family.  “I’m impulsive,” he says.  And so, in his late-forties and with an established career, Scottie took a leap of faith and moved to Columbus, Ohio.

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Client Story

“I like helping people,” Scottie says.  It’s why he chose to build a career in telecommunications after graduating from George Mason University.  But although he liked his job and his life in Washington D.C., when his mother died, he started thinking about moving closer to his remaining family.  “I’m impulsive,” he says.  And so, in his late-forties and with an established career, Scottie took a leap of faith and moved to Columbus, Ohio.

But not long after his move, Scottie was bitten on the ear by a brown recluse spider. His ear swelled to nearly the size of his hand.  Doctors gave him antibiotics, drained his ear, and bandaged his head to maintain the shape of the cartilage, but that was only the beginning.  Soon Scottie developed flu-like symptoms.  When his cousin came to visit one day, Scottie was delirious and his eyes were dilated.  His cousin took him to the hospital, where they discovered that Scottie had developed Encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, which had been caused by the bacteria build-up and spider bite.  His temperature spiked due to fluid on the brain, and Scottie’s family wasn’t sure he would survive.

But Scottie pulled through, against all odds.  The Encephalitis affected his motor skills, and he was unable to walk for two months.  Once he started to grow stronger, he was moved into a nursing home for seven months. The nursing home “felt like a prison,” and Scottie was desperately unhappy.  It was at one of his lowest points that Linda Sommer found him.

Linda, a Transition Coordinator for the HOME Choice program at Catholic Social Services, had been referred to Scottie by another resident of the nursing home. “It was like God was watching out for me,” Scottie says. “I cannot begin to tell you what a Godsend that woman was.  She has really been a friend to me.”

When it came time for Scottie to leave the nursing home, Linda was instrumental in helping him get his life back.  She even did a thorough home inspection for Scottie’s prospective apartment. “She covered all of her bases.  She made sure it was safe.  She came and sat with the property manager for two hours – she wanted to know about the crime in the area and everything,” Scottie says.

Now that he has his own apartment, Scottie is carefully adjusting to normal life.  “Slowly but surely, I’m building me back,” he says.  “Linda has been a rock for me.  She still keeps in touch and tells me to call her anytime.  That’s what makes HOME Choice an integral part of my transition.”

Client Testimonial

“They are helping me reach my goal.”

How to Access Services

For more information, call (614) 221-5891 or email.

Our Partners

“The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope”

Pope Francis

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Locations
COLUMBUS

197 E. Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-5891

WEST COLUMBUS

Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
441 Industry Drive
Columbus, OH 43204
(614) 340-7061

NEWARK

1031 Brice Street
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 345-2565

PORTSMOUTH

St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center
2311 Stockham Lane
Portsmouth, OH 45662
(740) 353-3185

ZANESVILLE

422 Main Street, Ste 400
P.O. Box 3446
Zanesville, OH 43702-3446
(740) 452-5057

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