Due to recent medical advancements, as well as people taking better care of their health, it has become increasingly common for Ohio seniors to lead healthy and active lifestyles well into their 80’s and 90’s. Most of these seniors do not require the skilled nursing that a nursing home provides. In fact, the preference for many of these seniors is to reside in their current homes and continue performing their daily routines for as long as possible.
While the ability of many Ohio seniors to reside in their homes may be a source of comfort to their children and loved ones, it can also be a cause for concern.
This is especially true if the aging parent or relation lives far away from family and friends where a daily “check-in” is difficult, if not impossible. For example, an aging mother might live in the vicinity of Cleveland, Ohio, while her daughter may live closer to Columbus, Ohio. The daughter may make regular weekend trips to Cleveland in order to visit her mother, take her shopping, and make sure that all her medication is being taken; however, she will not be able to visit her mother every evening. Also, in case of inclement weather (e.g., heavy snowfall) the daughter may not be able to visit her mother for several weeks at a time.
Most elderly individuals understand the impracticality of their children or loved ones traversing long distances in order to take care of their basic needs. Additionally, even children and loved ones who live closer to their parents or other relations often have a difficult time juggling between work and family responsibilities and eldercare. In such cases, there are businesses in the state of Ohio that provide basic eldercare services such as housekeeping, cooking, shopping, bill paying, transportation, and even much needed companionship. Such eldercare services are priced at much more affordable rates compared to those at assisted living facilities or nursing homes. These services are available on a 24-hour and 7-day/week basis, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Most importantly, professional eldercare services provide the peace of mind that parents and other loved ones are being looked after and taken care of by qualified caretakers.