Online search tool helps locate Golden Buckeye savingsWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Seniors who have wondered which local businesses offer savings for Golden Buckeye cardholders may find a new online search feature helpful.
The tool, debuted earlier this year by the Ohio Department of Aging, can be found at the site www.aging.ohio.gov/goldenbuckeye.
To use the tool, first choose a search category. Options include: Cars and Transportation; Food and Restaurants; Health, Wellness and Medical; Home Improvement and Repair & Maintenance Services; Personal Care; Pet Services and Supplies; Professional Services; Recreation, Entertainment and Education; Senior Activities and Services; Shopping; Vacation and Travel; and Miscellaneous.
Next, enter a city and state, ZIP code or local landmark, such as the Toledo Zoo, Fifth Third Field or Toledo Museum of Art.
Finally, choose a radius ranging from 0.1 mile to 10 miles and click “Search” to display a map and list of businesses that meet your criteria. Hover your cursor over the merchant’s name to locate it on the map and then click the name or the map marker for more information.
Dennis Evans, deputy director of communications for Ohio Department of Aging, said feedback on the tool has been positive.
“People do find it helpful and do like the new feature,” Evans said. “Before, we had more of a directory approach, where you could go through by county and look at what vendors were there. But this search is a little more user-friendly as it allows people to find information about vendors closer to home and in a category of something they’re looking for as opposed to just a business name.”
He said the department is always looking for ways to improve.
“A lot of other sites use that type of search so people are used to looking for information in that manner and we just wanted to provide services in a way that is useful to people,” Evans said.
More than two million Ohioans are eligible for the free Golden Buckeye card, which is honored at more than 20,000 businesses statewide, according to the Ohio Department of Aging website. All Ohioans age 60 or older, as well as adults ages 18 to 59 who have disabilities as defined by Social Security, are eligible for the card.
Lisa Myers, director of social services at the Wood County Committee on Aging, said she was unaware of the new search feature, but thought it would be useful for the agency.
“We take the applications for the Golden Buckeye, but oftentimes people do ask where they can use it,” Myers said. “Our receptionist, who is the one who takes the applications, wanted me to forward the link because she thought it would be very helpful. People often ask her ‘OK, where can we use it?’ and she doesn’t have a good response, so I did forward her that link, so hopefully it will be good for us.”
Representatives at Maumee Senior Center, Margaret Hunt Senior Center and Rossford Senior Center said they are rarely asked by seniors where to use their Golden Buckeye cards. None were aware of the new online search tool but said they planned to try it.
Listed offers and participating businesses are subject to change without notice, so cardholders are advised to call ahead to verify before visiting a business, Evans said.
If an error is discovered, residents can alert the Ohio Department of Aging by calling (800) 266-4346 or filling out the “Contact Us” form on the website.