33 assisted living communities near Cleveland
Vista Springs Greenbriar
Sunrise At Parma
St Augustine Towers
Forest Hills Place
Jennings Assisted Living
The Village at Marymount
Park Creek Center
Algart Health Care
Legacy Place Parma
Singleton Health Care Center
West Park Commons
No matter how healthy and active a senior is, there may come a time when the activities of daily life (ADLs) become too difficult to manage alone. Many aging citizens in this position try to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, though in time even an in-home caregiver becomes either too expensive or can't provide the level of care needed. When this happens, it's time to think about moving into an assisted living community in Cleveland.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a level of personal care that's considered more intensive than having a caregiver who visits seniors' homes, but it's not strictly a medical field. Residents who move into assisted living communities can still enjoy a largely independent lifestyle, but without the danger of living alone or the demands of maintaining the senior's ADLs alone. In an assisted living community, residents have access to round-the-clock assistance when needed, as well as the little extras that make life easier from day to day.
Services Available in Assisted Living Communities in Cleveland
These services usually involve some level of monitoring for safety, as well as help with the necessary chores of daily life. ADLs an assisted living caregiver will provide include bathing, grooming and dressing. Other services that may be provided are meals, laundry and group activities. Assisted living communities may organize community events and involve neighbors from the area, such as hosting a play with kids from a local school.
Getting Ready to Move to Assisted Living in Cleveland
If you or your senior loved one have reached the conclusion that residential assisted living is the right choice, there are a few steps to take before you're ready to start the move. The first step for most seniors is a medical examination. This can be done by your doctor, or it may be done by a specialist in age-related health issues. The doctor should check for injuries and illnesses that could get in the way of a move to an assisted living community, and you might get a written opinion that assisted living is the appropriate level of care for you or your loved one, as opposed to skilled nursing or post-op rehab.
Next, it's time to think about financing and what to do with a lifetime's worth of personal property. This stage can take a long time, so don't rush yourself. Search for the best community in the Cleveland area — and remember everyone's needs are different, so there's no single "best" place in town. Consider moving furniture and other possessions into storage to keep them safe during and after the move. Seniors moving into assisted living often sell their homes to ease the bump to the budget a move like this might represent.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Cleveland?
The median cost of assisted living in the United States is $3,750 a month. This is a useful benchmark, but Ohio's communities show a far greater diversity in price than most states. Luxury assisted living communities in Cincinnati get as high as $4,990 a month, while the living is much cheaper in smaller cities, such as Springfield, which comes in at $3,225. Cleveland splits the middle of these extremes, at a median $4,200 a month. Residents looking at Cleveland can still find a bargain, though, since the city's assisted living communities tend to fall into luxury, full-service, and basic tiers, with basic being the most affordable.
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Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Senior Care
Assisted living is just one level of residential care available to aging citizens in Cleveland, and it's the one that most resembles independent life at home. Seniors recovering from surgery, or who have been through illness or a slip-and-fall accident, often choose to spend time in skilled nursing and rehab facilities, where physical therapists are on staff to help speed their recovery. Memory care is typically reserved for seniors with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other neurological issues. Hospice care focuses on comfort and pain management for critically ill people.
Helpful Apps and Websites for Assisted Living in Cleveland
Finding the right assisted living community in Cleveland is only part of settling into a new stage of life. Seniors moving into assisted living residences can usually use help with chores, personal care, transportation to appointments and pet care. Seniorly has compiled a list of many useful apps and websites to assist seniors. Here is a small sampling:
Radiant Beauty Spa — Radiant Beauty Spa brings the relaxing pleasure of a day at the spa to the privacy of your own room in the assisted living community. Providers registered with this app can schedule a visit, come to see you and provide services that include mani/pedis, eyebrow treatments, makeup work and miscellaneous beauty services.
Cleveland Clinic — This is actually three apps: My Refills, Physician Visits and Sleep Testing. The first of these helps seniors refill their prescriptions from home, saving a trip outside and helping keep mobility-challenged residents supplied with their medicine. Physician Visits is a house call app, which brings an insurance-authorized medical professional to your bedside if you're hurt or feeling under the weather. Sleep Testing helps aging citizens with sleep trouble reach a reliable diagnosis and devise a treatment plan. They also assist with insurance billing.
Mobile Vet Care — Mobile Vet Care helps keep the pets you love live long and healthy lives. Many pets are easily spooked by trips to vet. Mobile Vet Care solves that by visiting with your pets in the comfort of a home they're used to. Special care options are available for older pets with age-related issues.
Resources for Caregivers in Cleveland
Caregivers in Cleveland need as much support as the seniors they look after. Some of these local resources offer training to help them improve, while others help them look after themselves. Cleveland caregiver resources include:
NAMI Greater Cleveland — NAMI Greater Cleveland organizes peer-support groups for caregivers who need to hear from others in their field. Neighborhood-specific groups meet all over the Cleveland area on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Ohio Department of Aging — This state-level department offers caregivers training, resources, information and support groups with their peers. Other forms of support include respite care, adult day care and medical alert services.
AARP — The Cleveland AARP provides caregivers with downloadable training materials and primers on the ins and outs of senior care for new caregivers. Help is provided in multiple languages and may be ordered in a hardback form.
Government Resources for Seniors in Cleveland
If you’re new to Cleveland, or if you’ve never had the occasion to look into local senior resources, there are government and nonprofit agencies in the region that can help with living an active lifestyle.
The City of Cleveland offers multiple resources in particular. These tend to focus on education and training, as well as making connections in the local assisted living community. Topics the city Department of Aging touches on encompass most of the senior experience, such as:
- Health and Social Services
- Home Maintenance
- Senior Education and Information
- Financial Assistance
- Senior Safety
- Senior Employment
The plan to draw aging citizens back into town seems to be working, since Cleveland's senior population has grown to around 19 percent in recent years. This is at least partly the result of the extra effort the city has put into developing senior resources, such as community centers and high-functioning public transportation.
Cleveland sits on the shore of Lake Erie and has a typical Midwestern climate. Chilly winters leave frost on the windows and often bring snow for Christmas, while summer days can be long and warm. Daily high temperatures in Cleveland in July average 81 degrees, while daily lows in January average 23.
Transportation in and Around Cleveland
Many of Cleveland's residents depend on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. This system operates buses and trains in the large downtown area, as well as several bus routes into the sprawling southern communities. A few of these, notably the 51 and 77F lines, run as far out as Medina and Summit Counties, most of the way to Akron, where it's easy to make inter-city connections.
Fun Facts About Cleveland
- Cleveland was the first city in America to be lit with electric lights, in 1879.
- Italian chef Hector Boiardi moved to Cleveland and opened a restaurant called Giardino d'Italia in Cleveland. So many people asked for his ravioli recipe that he started selling it in cans. Chef Boyardee is still an industry leader.
- The 1899 Cleveland Spiders set a record for the worst season in the history of Major League Baseball, winning only 20 out of 154 games.
Cleveland Hospital Information
University Hospitals is the major health care provider in Cleveland, with roughly a dozen facilities located around town. Supplementing this network are Grace Hospital, close to midtown, and Southwest General Health Center, in the suburbs.
Assisted Living Community Ratings, Inspection Reports and User Reviews for Cleveland
Rules and regulations: The state of Ohio regulates assisted living communities in Cleveland, as does Cuyahoga County, the local government where Cleveland sits. Together with federal regulations, these governments provide a comprehensive blanket of protection for aging citizens and the families that care for them. Licensing is on the state level, while most inspections for health and wellness happen on the level of the county.
BBB Information: Ohio's Better Business Bureau rates local assisted living communities. From a list of nearly 200 properties, the BBB ranks each according to reports it has received and current feedback from people who've lived in each community, as well as from the families whose loved ones currently live in them. Clicking on the name of a property pulls up a screen with details about the residence and verified consumer reviews.
Customer reviews: Customer-review site Yelp is a good resource for finding real people's accounts of their experiences with assisted living communities. Several levels of care are listed, but the scores of assisted living communities can be found on the front page.
Top 10 Questions to Ask While Touring Assisted Living Facilities in Cleveland
Here are some of the top questions to ask, but click here to get a more extensive list.
- Is transportation available for personal or family outings? Is there a fee? If so, how much?
- Are visitors allowed at any time, or are there specific visiting hours? If you have specific visiting hours, what are they?
- Is there a written plan of care for each resident? How often is it reviewed and updated?
- Does the community have any special amenities or services worth mentioning, such as a beauty parlor, fitness room, therapy pool, etc.?
- How many meals are provided per day?
- Does the menu vary from day to day? How often is the menu changed?
- Are there any shared community animals, such as dogs, cats, birds, and fish?
- Is it possible to view all of the types of rooms available?
- Are barber and beauty services offered? If so, is there an extra cost?
- Is there any live entertainment provided? If so, what kind, and how often?
Finding the right senior assisted living community in Cleveland for you or your loved one is a process. Follow the resources provided here to make to things easier and more streamlined.