Ohio Elder Care

When looking at elder care for any individual, there are a number of factors which come into play that must be dealt with. These factors include level of assistance needed, level of independence desired, financial ability, and geographic location. Based on where you live, some services may or may not be offered that are available to other individuals in other areas of the country. Let’s take a look at the options for Ohio elder care that are available to those residents.

Elder care can be divided up into sections. By looking at each section separately, you are better able to find the resources you are looking for for your individual and unique requests. These sections are type of elder care (in-home, assisted living, nursing home, etc), financial means, and resources. Let’s take a look at each of these sections when it comes to the state of Ohio.

Type of Elder Care

The first step in any decision being made for elder care is determining the level of assistance that is required in order for the senior to maintain the lifestyle they desire. Ohio Department of Aging’s (ODofA) goal is to speak for and act on behalf of seniors receiving in-home care, or residing in an assisted living community or a nursing home. ODofA consists of both paid and volunteer staff who work to both inform individuals interested in their services, and provide top of the line assistance to those who request their services. Ohio’s Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman is just one branch of the ODofA.

Financial Means

After selecting the best form of elder care, the issue of payment arises. While this is a sensitive subject, it is one that must be addressed and dealt with in order to receive the assistance needed for the senior. One of the options provided is the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). PACE is a service which provides seniors with all of their health care needs. This spans from medical care to living arrangements to personal care. Ohio has two PACE locations, Cincinnati and Cleveland. These locations are funded by Medicare and Medicaid, so inability to pay is not a problem. Finances that are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid are taken care of by each locations private funding. Another option is Medicaid, which is provided to, among many other individuals, adults over the age of 65 who meet income and resource requirements.

Resources

There are many websites and phone numbers that the state of Ohio provides in order to offer easy access to resources and information pertaining to elder care. Helpful info on Ohio Elder Care can be found at www.ohio.gov is the homepage for the state of Ohio. From this page, you are able to access any information pertaining to the Ohio Department of Human Services, the Ohio Department of Social Services, and all government based financial assistance programs.

Because elder care can be and is often times geographically based, it is important for residents of specific areas to know the options they are provided with. It is also, however, important to realize that there are many resources that provide information that is available to everyone. The availability is universal, but the content is geographically based.

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