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    Home Care

    So you've decided that home care is the right choice. This is a great site to learn more about what Home Care is and how it can help you age in place.

    There's no place like home, right? Hey, moving into a retirement community isn't for everyone, and we totally understand why you'd want to bring the care right to your doorstep. So take the time to look into these options and figure out how to spend the best years of your life in the comfort of your own home!

    Home Care is a bit of an umbrella term used to describe 4 different types of care that can be provided at home to make aging easier. We'll walk you through what you need to know for each of them.

    4 different types of care that can be provided at home

    Companion Care is just what it sounds like. These professionals can be there for you, whether you need them to run a couple errands or just watch the game with you.

    Non Medical Home Care is a little different. This level of care just helps you with day-to-day activities that may have recently become burdensome, such as bathing, incontinence care, mobility assistance, dressing & grooming, transferring & positioning, oral hygiene, feeding and more.

    Medical Home Health allows you to receive the care you would find at a facility, but right in the comfort of your own home! Depending on your needs, Medical Home Health Care could consist of nursing care, physical therapy, medication help and more.

    Hospice is there if you or a loved one has a terminal illness. These agencies can be sure that every day is as comfortable and peaceful as possible.

    So take a look around! No matter which choice you decide is the one for you, we've got it here!

    Other types of home care you'll find can also be:

    • Dementia Program
    • 24/7 Care Availability
    • Cleaning / Housekeeping
    • Cooking / Meal Preparation
    • Transportation Available
    • Medication Reminders
    • Therapy Services

    Home Care Explained

    HOME CARE AGENCIES allow seniors to receive personal care and maintain independence while remaining in their own home. These services can be a viable alternative to outside the home treatment including rehabilitation care, respite care, & skilled nursing. There are three types of Home Care Agencies: Companion Care, Licensed Home Care, & Licensed Medical Care.

    What Agencies Can Offer You:

    1. COMPANION CARE AGENCIES can offer :
      1. Companion Care
      2. Personal Shopping
      3. Light Housekeeping
      4. Meal Perparation
      5. Transportation
      6. Errand Running, etc.
    2. LICENSED HOME CARE AGENCIES can offer:
      1. Incontinence Care
      2. Mobility Assistance
      3. Dressing & Grooming
      4. Transferring & Positioning
      5. Oral Hygiene
      6. Feeding
    3. HOME MEDICAL CARE AGENCIES can offer:
      1. All Personal Care Services
      2. In-Home CNA's
      3. Physical Therapy
      4. Occupational Therapy
      5. Administration of Medication
      6. Other Medical Care Approved by your Doctor

    What to ask when interviewing a Home Care Agency

    1. What type of Home Care do you offer?
    2. Are you licensed by the state DHHS?
    3. Does your agency have Professional Liability Insurance?
    4. How is your staff trained?
    5. Are your aides bonded?
      1. Yes
      2. No
    6. Do you carry Workmen's Compensation Insurance?
    7. What is your agency's minimum care level requirement?
    8. How are your care givers screened?

    Introduction to Columbus, Ohio and Surrounding Areas

    Columbus, the state capital and largest city in the state, is located in central Ohio on the Scioto River. Originally settled by Native Americans, the area that became Columbus (named after Christopher Columbus) was settled by white explorers in the 1700s and made the state capital in 1816. Roads, railroads and the Ohio Canal energized the city; during World War II, aircraft manufacturing brought additional growth. Today, Columbus is a fast-growing, major American city with a population of more than 700,000 and a strong economy that is not dependent on any one industry. Its leading employers include government agencies and manufacturers of transportation equipment, textiles, metals and consumer goods.

    Columbus Culture

    Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet, and Opera Columbus brighten the arts scene. Popular museums include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Center of Science and Industry, and the home of satirist/cartoonist James Thurber, all located downtown. Upper Arlington has the Wexner Center for the Arts (a work of art unto itself) and the Ohio Craft Museum. On the east side of the city is the Martin Luther King Arts Complex, which offers exhibits and performances showcasing the talents of Columbus's African-American community. The Jack Nicklaus Museum, in the Ohio State University sports complex, chronicles the career of the great golfer from Columbus. On the north side, the Ohio Historical Center houses a museum focussed on Ohio history, along with a library and archive helpful for genealogical research projects. An hour away in Wilmington, Williams Memorial Park hosts an annual festival saluting the birthplace of the banana split.

    Columbus Sports and Leisure

    Columbus is home to the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, who play at 18,500-seat Nationwide Arena. The lack of a league franchise in football, baseball and basketball is more than made up for by the Ohio State Buckeyes, whose nationally-ranked programs in football and basketball have rabid local support. During the football season, legendary Ohio Stadium seats more than 101,000 fans. In baseball's minor leagues, the Columbus Clippers are the triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Other Columbus teams include the Crew (Major League Soccer) and the Destroyers (Arena Football). For major league sports, Cincinnati (baseball's Reds, NFL's Bengals) and Cleveland (baseball's Indians, NFL's Browns, NBA's Cavaliers) are both less than a 2-hour drive away.

    Columbus Outdoors

    There's plenty of outdoor recreation available in the central Ohio area. Columbus has world-class golfing, with three courses within a 1/2-hour drive ranking among the top 100 according to Golfweek Magazine: the Golf Club (ranked #7) in New Albany, Muirfield Village Golf Club (#8) in Dublin and Double Eagle Club (#28) in Galena. In the winter, skiing is popular and accessible. Mad River Mountain, 41 miles away in Zanesfield, has a 1,460-foot mountain elevation with a 300-foot vertical drop, with over 20 trails for skiing or snowboarding, and a terrain park and a tubing park. The Seymour Woods State Nature Preserve has more than 100 acres of wildflowers, oaks, sycamores, elms, and other trees with hikable trails. Blendon Woods in Dublin offers activities and solitude in a 650-acre park with forests, 11-acre Thoreau Lake, and a 1.2-mile trail specifically designed for walking dogs.

    Columbus at Night

    Columbus has an energetic nightlife, with the most popular bars and dance clubs scattered downtown, along High Street and in the Brewery District.

    Discovering Columbus

    America is discovering Columbus: the city ranked #8 by BestJobsUSA.com on their 2002 list of the Best Places to Live and Work in America; #21 by Forbes on their 2004 list of the Best Cities For Singles; #15 by Ladies Home Journal on their list of the Best Cities for Women.