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Who Will Care for Them?
Ohio's Elder Care Crisis
By Jim DeBrosse and Dave Gulliver
©Dayton Daily News

Part 1: Sunday, December 5, 1999
Frail elderly at mercy of system
A lack of affordable choices, staffing lead complaints


Some area facilities in touch with residents

Hiring qualified staff a serious challenge for homes

Determine what your elder care needs are

Books on aging

  • Reporters: Jim DeBrosse,
    David Gulliver
  • Photographers: Lisa Powell, Mame Burns
  • Editor: John Erickson
  • Art Director/Design: Ted Pitts
  • Photo Editor: Jeff Adams
  • Page design: Mark Gokavi
  • Other Contributors: Margo Rutledge Kissell, reporting; Skip Peterson, photography; Michael Jesse and Charlotte Jones, research.
    Feedback: Contact the editors with your comments.
  • Part 2 - Monday, Dec. 6, 1999:

    Penalties few for poor care
    Nursing homes usually prepare for 'the game'


    Home care program effective, but restrictive
    Those who qualify often must make deep financial sacrifices

    Assisted living centers good, if you can afford them
    Quality of life and peace of mind worth the cost, some say

    Follow these tips when choosing an elder care facility
    Nursing homes best for those needing special help

    Part 3 -- Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999:

    One family's painful choice
    His wife Beverly has Alzheimer's, and Earnest Prather may put her in a long-term care facility


    Long-term health care coverage isn't for everyone
    Numerous factors need assessment

    There are many long-term care alternatives to choose from

    A Consumer Guide to Ohio Elder Care

    Part 4 - Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999:

    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

    Washington's quality assurance nurses help homes improve
    Part watchdogs, part advisor, they help homes fix violations

    Oregon's care includes freedom, but also some risks
    Options range from self-care to ventilator homes

    Adult foster care comforting alternative to nursing home
    Elderly adults live in a family setting, with own rooms

    Study the varying costs for long-term care alternatives
    Some programs require people to 'spend down'

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