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This page is designed to bring you information on senior services in Lake County and provide information on the Lake County Senior Levy.


If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact Alyea Barajas, Senior Services Coordinator, at (440) 350-2748 or [email protected].

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    Non-Medical In-Home Care Program - Thursday, January 28, 2021

    The Non-Medical In-Home Care Program provides 2 hours of non-medical in-home care by a contracted home healthcare agency to eligible participants.  Caregivers may assist with services such as basic nail and skin care, oral hygiene, assistance or supervision with bathing, lighthousekeeping, and meal prep.  Program is funded by the Lake County Senior Services Levy.  Contact Council on Aging at (440) 205-8111 to learn more. 

    Lake County Mobile Food Pantry - Wednesday, January 27, 2021

    Laketran, in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, Board of Lake County Commissioners, RSVP Lake County, Lifeline, and the Lake County Council on Aging, launch the Lake County Mobile Food Pantry.  The program provides a box of mixed produce items to eligible Lake County seniors.  Read the News Herald article here

    NEW Lake County Senior Phone Pal Program - Wednesday, January 27, 2021

    The Lake County Senior Phone Pal Program is available to lend a listening ear, provide fun and engaging conversation, and give social ties to lessen isolation and loneliness.  Click here to learn more. 

    RSVP Moves to the Lake County Commissioners - Wednesday, January 20, 2021

    The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Lake County, also known as RSVP, will be moving to a new home effective April 1, 2021.   Check out the Press Release here

    Working to Eliminate Transportation Barriers - Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    Laketran and the Board of Commissioners are now offering free transportation to and from any Lake County Senior Center and RSVP Lake County.  Check out the Press Release for more information. 

    Funding for Home Repairs for Seniors - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    The Lake County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that beginning April 2018, Western Reserve Community Development Corporation (WRCDC) will begin a new housing rehabilitation program for seniors with funding from the Senior Services Levy.  In addition, the Senior Home Modification, Maintenance and Repair Program (HMMR), previously administered by the Lake County Council on Aging, will transition to the WRCDC.  Click here for the News Herald article.   For more information contact WRCDC at (440) 357-4400.


    The Senior Citizens Advisory Panel consists of five members appointed by the Board of Lake County Commissioners.  The Panel serves as an advisory and recommending panel to the Lake County Board of Commissioners to facilitate equitable and beneficial allocation and distribution of the funds derived annually from the Lake County Senior Services Levy. 

     Panel Members
    2021 Meeting Dates    

    Thomas Dreher - Chair




    March 2 Canceled








    Lyle Shull - Vice Chair




    May 25








      Kenneth G. Gauntner




    September 14








    Spence Kline




    November 16








    Lisa Siciliano-Miller




    -Meetings begin at 2:00 p.m.-


    2016 Minutes 
    2017 Minutes 
     2018 Minutes
    2019 Minutes
    2020 Minutes
    2021 Minutes
     March 15 February 21 February 13    February 19  February 19 March 2
     May 17 June 20 May 1 April 16 September 22 May 25
     July 13  August 15 August 14 August 15 December 15 September 14
    August 16 October 17
    October 18
    October 15   November 16
     October 18          

    * Meeting minutes will be posted after approval by the Panel.






    Lake County's Senior Levy was first approved by voters in November, 1992. In November 2017, voters approved a levy renewal and increase resulting in a total levy collection of 0.8 mills for five years. Levy funding is reserved for providing or maintaining senior citizen services or facilities and is authorized by sections 307.694, 307.85 and 5705.19 of the Ohio Revised Code. 

    In 2012, the Lake County Board of Commissioners established the Lake County Senior Citizens Advisory Panel.  The purpose of the Panel is to serve as an advisory and recommending body to the Commissioners and to facilitate equitable and beneficial allocation and distribution of the levy funds. 

    Levy funds are distributed to 15 different senior services agencies in Lake County and help fund programs such as senior center activities, congregate meals, home-delivered meals, non-medical home health care services, Adult Protective Services, volunteer guardian services, volunteer opportunities, social work services, and more.  

    In October 2014, the Lake County Senior Citizens Advisory Panel recommended initiation of a senior study in an effort to get a better handle on the seniors in Lake County and the gaps in senior services, as well as create a blueprint for the future.  In October 2015, the study, titled Lake County, Ohio Senior Citizens: Today, Tomorrow and in the Future was completed, the results of which can be found here:

    Starting April 1, 2021, RSVP Lake County will move to the Board of Lake County Commissioners and will be known as the Lake County Volunteer Network. The Lake County Volunteer Network provides meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals, aged 55 and older, and is focused on using volunteers to help address gaps in senior services.  The program will continue to develop and expand services and opportunities over the next several months.  Please check back regularly for updated information.