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Office for Older Adults services reaching more seniors

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MEDINA — The Medina County Office for Older Adults is seeing an increase in its caseload as the population of Medina County continues to age, Director Laura Toth said.

“I have some outreach summary numbers for the quarter just to go over really quick,” Toth told county commissioners Tuesday during their meeting. “I can sum it up in two words: We’re busy.”

Toth said the organization has had 121 more contacts in Medina County by the end of the year’s third quarter than it had at the same time last year.

“That is just a tremendous amount, we are out and about,” she said. “The biggest growth has been in the city of Brunswick and the city of Medina.”

Toth said she attributes the increase in those receiving services from the Office for Older Adults to an increase in senior housing.

“We are going a lot to 699 N. Huntington (in Medina) and going to Huntington Apartments, we are going to Harbor Woods in Brunswick, the independent senior apartments, seniors are moving in but they need services,” she said.

Commissioner Pat Geissman said she is noticing current Medina County residents encouraging their parents to relocate to the county.

“What I am seeing Laura, relatives are bringing their parents down here,” Geissman said. “It is a great county to live in and we do have a lot of new housing that is available.”

Commissioner Bill Hutson asked Toth to describe the services the organization is providing with residents outside the realm of transportation.

“Depending on what they are coming to our social workers for we kind of blanket them with an umbrella of, here is what we can do, here is what we can sign you up with,” Toth said.

Toth said services include everything from transportation and meal services to assistance navigating finances, Medicare and mobility within the home.

According to data provided by Toth, the office has made a total of 959 “contacts” across Medina County through this year’s third quarter. The city of Medina accounts for 235 of those, or 24.50 percent to make it the area the office is most active in. Brunswick came in a close second with 225 contacts served, or 23.46 percent of the total served through this point in 2018.

Wadsworth ranked third, with 173, or 18.04 percent of the total numbers. The remaining 326 contacts made this year were spread across Medina County’s villages and townships.

Toth said the only area of the county the Office for Older Adults did not have at least some activity in during 2018 is Rittman.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.


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