Elderly part of growing population

NORTH JACKSON, Ohio (WKBN) – A $9 million expansion project at Antonine Sisters Adult Day Care in North Jackson is almost complete. Assisted living and a memory care unit are being added to the facility.

The project comes at a time when the elderly population in the Mahoning Valley is growing. Lisa Solley with the Area Agency on Aging said about 25 percent of the population in Trumbull and Mahoning counties is now over 60 years old, and by 2020 that number will grow to 30 percent.

Ohio has become a favorable state for seniors. According to Solley, some of them move to the Buckeye state to get the most out of their benefits.

“The Medicaid rules in Ohio give them the ability, so a lot of people migrate to Ohio after 75, especially 85 plus,” Solley said.

The Antonine Sisters are preparing for the increase in clients with its new 50-unit assisted living facility that includes programming for those with memory issues.

“It’s a kind of mixture of the smaller memory care to the larger independent suites,” said Annissa Neider, MS Consultants.

A waiting list has already been started and ten applicants have signed up.

Solley said with more families facing the issue of elderly care, caution should be taken to make sure the best facility and program is chosen. Staff to patient ratio and wait time for assistance should be considered. She said there are many support services through the Area Agency on Aging for anyone needing guidance in making an informed decision.

Determining the best facility should include a site visit and a conversation about the special needs of the family member.

The Antonine Sisters new facility is set to open in September.

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