"Who Will Care for Them?"

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OVERVIEW: OHIO'S FRAIL ELDERLY AT MERCY OF SYSTEM
  • Lack of affordable choices, low staffing lead complaints
HIRING QUALIFIED STAFF A SERIOUS CHALLENGE FOR HOMES
  • Turnover rate over 100 percent, some estimates indicate
PENALTIES FEW FOR POOR CARE
  • Nursing homes usually prepare for `the game'
ONE FAMILY'S PAINFUL CHOICE
  • His wife has Alzheimer's, and Earnest Prather is faced with putting her in a long-term care facility
OREGON'S CARE INCLUDES FREEDOM, BUT ALSO SOME RISKS
  • Options range from self-care to ventilator homes
SOME AREA FACILITIES IN TOUCH WITH RESIDENTS
  • Mercy Siena Woods, Brookhaven a couple of Miami Valley's best
GETTING STARTED: DETERMINE WHAT YOUR ELDER CARE NEEDS ARE
  • Almost everyone is or will be dealing with elder care issues
ASSISTED LIVING CENTERS GOOD, IF YOU CAN AFFORD THEM
  • Quality of life and peace of mind worth the cost, some say
HOME CARE PROGRAM EFFECTIVE, BUT RESTRICTIVE
  • Those who qualify often must make deep financial sacrifices
FOLLOW THESE TIPS WHEN CHOOSING AN ELDER CARE FACILITY
  • Nursing homes best for those needing special help
LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE ALTERNATIVES ARE AVAILABLE
  • But often require more planning, more work and more money in Ohio
LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE COVERAGE ISN'T FOR EVERYONE
  • Finances, age, health should be assessed
OREGON OFFERS ELDERS CHOICES
  • State helps pay for long-term care alternatives
WHEN IT COMES TO CARE, THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
  • Daughter cares for mom in comfort of her own bedroom
STUDY THE VARYING COSTS FOR LONG-TERM CARE ALTERNATIVES
  • Some programs require people to `spend down'
ADULT FOSTER CARE COMFORTING ALTERNATIVE TO NURSING HOME
  • Elderly adults live in a family setting, with own rooms
WASHINGTON'S QUALITY ASSURANCE NURSES HELP HOMES IMPROVE
  • Part watchdogs, part advisors, they aid in fixing violations

Ohio's system of long-term care for the elderly  is flawed and deadly

(4-day series from the Dayton Daily News)

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