Jan Hoover says she knows firsthand SourcePoint plays a vital role for Delaware County's senior citizens.

"Basically, I feel like SourcePoint saved my life," she said.

It did so, she said, by providing assistance to her husband -- 77-year-old Dale, who has dementia -- to help him attend adult day care three days a week at Willow Brook by Day.

The program, at Willow Brook Christian Communities in Delaware, receives support from SourcePoint for its day services program for seniors, thereby reducing the cost to Hoover, a Polaris-area resident.

Enrolling her husband in the program "is the best thing I could have done for him," Hoover said. "They are absolutely wonderful up there. ... I am so thankful for them."

She said it's hard for her husband to do anything, but he responds to Willow Brook's schedule of activities and receives a lunch and light breakfast.

"I know he likes it," she said.

Caring for someone with dementia is a struggle for those without support, she said. Now she's made friends through a caregiver support group, with people in similar circumstances who understand.

SourcePoint's Family Caregiver Program serves 351 caregivers in Delaware.

Kim Schuette, SourcePoint's communications director, said it's only one of a number of services that will be supported by the senior-services agency's five-year, 1.2-mill renewal levy with a 0.1-mill increase on the May 8 ballot.

A number of SourcePoint services are free to clients. They include care consultants who assess the client's needs and coordinates services. Also free are volunteer chore and volunteer medical transportation services. Meals on Wheels is free, though donations are accepted.

A sliding-fee scale, based on income and assets, is used for some other services, such as Willow Brook by Day.

"About 40 percent of our clients do not pay for services because of their financial circumstances," Schuette said. "About 20 percent of clients pay all of the fees, and about 40 percent copay a portion of the cost of their care based on ability to pay."

SourcePoint director Robert Horrocks said the organization's in-home services play a large role, having served about 1,400 people so far in 2018.

"That will grow. It's grown every year for the past 25 years. It's really what's driving our budget," he said.

The number served is expected to grow by 5 percent in each of the next five years.

The program benefits taxpayers, he said, because it helps keep seniors out of nursing homes -- and that reduces the number of nursing-home residents whose costs are covered by Medicaid.

In the early 1990s, Delaware County nursing homes were full, he said. Now they have no waiting lists.

The average nursing home costs $70,000 to $80,000 a year, he said. The average in-home services cost per client is much lower -- from $3,500 to $3,600 a year, he said.

The amount of help needed will vary by client, Horrocks said.

With some, only an occasional phone call is required, and the clients know they can call if they need help.

Those receiving Meals on Wheels are visited daily.

Those with disabilities might be visited several times a week. Some are visited by home health or homemaker services.

Some need transportation to medical appointments. Others need help taking a bath.

SourcePoint contracts with other organizations and some for-profit companies to provide a variety of services. Grants are provided to a number of nonprofits, including People in Need, Delaware Speech and Hearing and HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties.

New people frequently are added to the in-home programs. Clients also frequently leave the program -- for example, if their health improves, Horrocks said.

The current levy costs residents $32.13 per $100,000 of property value, according to the Delaware County Auditor's Office. If voters approve the new levy request, residents will pay an additional $3.50 per $100,000 of property value to support senior services.

SourcePoint also offers a variety of activities and programs for seniors at its headquarters at the intersection of Cheshire Road and Glenn Parkway in southeast Delaware.

About 80 percent of SourcePoint's funding comes from its levy, with the remainder coming from donations, fees, grants and other sources. The current levy generates about $8.4 million in revenue per year, and the proposed levy would raise about $9.1 million annually.

Also on the ballot

Residents of three Delaware County townships will have additional issues to decide May 8.

In Berlin Township, voters will accept or reject a referendum that seeks to reverse the township board of trustees' rezoning resolution to allow an industrial park and concrete plant to be built on 24 acres at 5427 state Route 37 E., at the northwest corner of Route 37 and North Old State Road.

The Tri-Township Fire Department is asking residents to renew its five-year, 0.9-mill levy.

In Delaware Township, a five-year, 0.8-mill renewal levy for road repair and construction will be on the ballot.

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