Caregiver Guide

. March 3, 2015.

Caregivers and their families have so many choices to make when it comes to in-home or community living for loved ones. A parent or grandparent should live the life of their choice, in comfort and with the best possible amenities. From physical therapy to mental and emotional wellbeing, the following businesses provide an excellent variety of services for in-home and health care to fit your loved one’s needs.

Vertical Mobility of Toledo, LLC

P.O. Box 351871

(419) 214-7460

Vertical Mobility installs mobility aids such as stair chairs, vertical and inclined wheelchair lifts and home elevators. This equipment helps the caregiver by allowing easier mobility of care recipients.

The option to provide in-home mobility equipment can enable loved ones with more independence and freedom in and out of the house. Otherwise, they may feel confined in their own home.

The internet is a very informative resource for choosing mobility equipment. There are plenty of options and manufactures to choose from. Picking the right one can be difficult. Vertical Mobility of Toledo can help in choosing the right product. Estimates are always free.

Caregivers should consider choosing a supplier very carefully. Having quality workmanship and maintenance options should be key factors in making an informed decision. They should do their research and check options to best meet the needs of both the care recipient and the caregiver.

— Scott Macy, Owner

Lutheran Homes Society

131 N. Wheeling St. 

(419) 724-1414

The four Lutheran Homes Society (LHS) care campuses (Lutheran Home, Toledo; Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, Lutheran Home, Napoleon, and Lutheran Memorial Home, Sandusky) offer respite care for loved ones when caregivers need a break. Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for patients recovering from surgery, a fall, or other physical ailment are also available. Our home health agency, Northwest Ohio Home Care Partners, can help caregivers by providing skilled nursing care and therapy services to loved ones in the comfort of their own homes.

When caring for a loved one becomes impractical, Lutheran Homes Society care campuses offer assisted living apartments. Assisted living is a level of care that provides help with the activities of daily living (e.g.: bathing, dressing, eating and medications management). If a loved one wants to remain at home, our home health agency can provide nursing and therapy services to alleviate clinical concerns.

LHS care campuses periodically provide educational programs on such topics as Medicare, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Parkinson’s disease, long-term care planning, and hospice care. Besides skilled nursing care and therapy services, our home health also can provide motivation, encouragement and health education. We provide free home assessments for patients discharging from our facilities, which can help caregivers better prepare for a loved one’s safe return home.

Caregivers need to remember to give themselves time to recharge. Taking care of a loved one is a responsibility that can become overwhelming at times. Arranging for in-home care or a respite care stay, whether lasting a few days or a couple of weeks, can provide a much needed break for caregivers and peace of mind as loved ones receive care by nurturing professionals.

— Kari Bucher, Communications Coordinator

Swan Creek Retirement Village 

5916 Cresthaven Lane

(419) 865-4445

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Swan Creek Retirement Village offers a variety of on-site housing options and health care services, plus many other features customized to your needs. On our 34 wooded acre campus you will find villa homes, apartments, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehab, home health and hospice.

Swan Creek wants to serve the whole person – physically, mentally and spiritually. We provide a variety of activities to meet the different interests of our residents. It is a place where they can enjoy the freedom and lifestyle they have earned.

We believe the choice is yours and you need to live life your way. Find a place that allows for peace of mind, providing all levels of care and is committed to meet the highest standards of quality of life.

— Sarah Laughlin, Director of Marketing


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