Room to improve

Ohioans take care of each other; that’s no secret.

Still, it is encouraging to learn that in a recent WalletHub report on “2022’s States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections” only two others outperformed the Buckeye State.

Wisconsin and Massachusetts do just a bit better, but Ohio came in a close third in the overall rankings.

Wonderful news, right?

Well, one would think so. However, there was one number in the report that should still raise some eyebrows.

Ohio is ranked 41st for nursing home quality. According to the report, this metric measured the share of certified nursing-home beds rated 4 or 5 stars.

But is merely “adequate” what we want for our loved ones?

Certainly, here in the local area, we have numerous nursing facilities to help our loved ones as they age. And, just as must be true across the state, some of them provide better care than others.

Fortunately, improvement on this front is possible. Such care facilities should be inspired by the report to go the extra mile and to do even better.

Financial resources for doing so may be the challenge, and that is where it becomes difficult to balance quality of service with the ability to remain affordable.

It’s a fine line to walk, but we’ve got to try.

And given how well Ohio does in other metrics regarding the care and protection of our elderly residents, we know this, too, is possible.


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