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Celebrating and supporting Ohio’s caregivers Bookmark

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A message from Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy

Approximately 1.5 million Ohioans provide unpaid care for their loved ones. Family caregivers want their loved ones to have the best care possible, whether at home, at the hospital, or in the doctor’s office.

Family caregivers know their loved ones better and spend more time with them than anyone else does. This makes them perfect advocates, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. As shorter nursing home stays become more common, family caregivers play their largest role ever in our long-term care system. They are being called on to perform increasingly complex and intense care.

Thus, supporting family caregivers has never been more important. Your area agency on aging provides services and supports for caregivers, and those who take advantage of available services provide better care and report less stress. Services from Ohio’s aging network include training, support groups, respite care, personal care, home delivered meals, home repairs, and so much more. Call 1-866-243-5678 to be connected to the area agency on aging serving your community.

When care needs go beyond what friends and family can provide, there is help available. Ohio is fortunate to have thousands of dedicated home care, hospice, assisted living, and nursing home care aides, nurses, and other providers to support caregiving families.

We thank all of Ohio’s caregivers – paid and unpaid, formal and family – for their love, diligence, and devotion. It is only with your help that older Ohioans can live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with opportunities to continue to contribute to their families and communities.

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