The state of Ohio was a leader in elder care protection during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Cleveland’s Welfare Federation worked to define protective care and its goals for seniors. The Benjamin Rose Institute became one of the demonstration projects for protective services (A.M. McGregor Foundation). A work called “Tender Loving Greed” was published which blew the whistle on exploiting older people and defrauding the public. A final report by the Benjamin Rose Institute Protective Services for Older People suggested that protective services increased the likelihood of institutionalism and death. Cleveland’s Chronic Illness Center also released the first research project on elder abuse in the United States.
The groundwork that early elder care organizations laid in decades past has paved the way for a higher quality of nursing care today. Nursing homes throughout Ohio have a strong legacy of quality senior care.
Advances in elder care have come a long way, but many people still think of them as sort of a dumping ground for families who feel burdened by aging parents. That’s just one of many myths surrounding nursing homes care in today’s society.
Nursing homes provide care for four populations of patients including long-term care, transitional care, rehabilitation, and memory care.
Long-term care is care for people who are acutely ill and whose conditions are likely to worsen rather than get better. Long-term care is largely custodial in nature.
Transitional care is for people who are being discharged from the hospital because they don’t meet the criteria for a hospital-level of care, but who cannot return home without certain medical services in place. Transitional care is intended to be temporary.
Nursing homes also provide short-term rehabilitation services. Aging bodies take longer to heal after surgeries or illnesses. Nursing homes provide an appropriate medical setting for people who need a longer time to rehabilitate, but don’t need hospital care.
Dementia care is specialized care for people who live with Alzheimer’s disease or other symptoms of dementia. Dementia care may be full-time, part-time, or family members may use it as an adult day program to give them a break from caregiving duties.
When family members are exploring options, they may want to consider all of the nursing home options to make a wise decision about the best care plan for their parents or loved ones.
Federal and state government websites have an expansive amount of information on eldercare and nursing home care. A good place to start is at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website called Longtermcare.gov that answers most questions about long-term care. Nursing Home Compare, can be found on the Medicare.gov website. When doing a search on this site for nursing homes that accept Medicaid, you will find 110 homes within a 25 mile radius of Cincinnati. Of the 110 nursing homes listed, 27 of them have an overall rating of 5 stars and another 25 nursing homes have a rating of 4 stars. The system allows users to select up to 3 facilities to make a side-by-side comparison.
Another indication of quality nursing care in Cincinnati is the number of nursing home listings on SeniorAdvisor.com. SeniorAdvisor.com is committed to educating and equipping families to make eldercare decisions with confidence. Doing a quick search on SeniorAdvisor.com in the Cincinnati area nets 89 possible nursing home placements. The site allows users to set-up an online account to compare facilities with regard to services, amenities, location, and cost. It also gives users a chance to check nursing home ratings and read verified consumer reviews.
The large numbers of available nursing home facilities and high ratings on Nursing Home Compare and SenioAdvisor.com prove that Cincinnati’s senior community is deeply committed to protecting aging seniors and providing them with quality care in the least restrictive environment possible. The people of Ohio continue to carry on the legacy of advocates who fought for elder care rights and protection during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
While families may feel a sense of relief when admitting a loved one to a nursing home, their responsibilities change, but they don’t end. In order to continue giving their loved one the best quality of care, family members must partner with facility staff. This means they must communicate with each other openly and regularly. When nursing home facility staff are willing to partner with families, they can be a great support to family caregivers.
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