LTCO strives to be a resource for the long term care community. The information below is for consumers and long term care facilities alike!


Definitions of Facility Types

Community-based Long Term Care

Services for persons who are living in the community (in their home or with a family member or friend, in a single home or an apartment building) as opposed to in a facility or institution. Services include home-delivered meals, congregate (group) meals, adult day care, senior centers, transportation, chore, home health care (nursing, aides, therapies), durable medical equipment, case management, and may be provided by the PASSPORT, PACE and other programs, and other certified and licensed agencies and organizations. Care Facilities

-Adult Foster Home

accommodations and supervision for 1 or 2 adults

-Adult Family Home

accommodations and supervision for 3-5 adults and supervision and personal care services for at least 3 of the residents.

-Adult Group Home

accommodations for 6-16 residents and supervision and personal care services to at least 3 of the residents.


Residential Care Facilities (Assisted Living)

Accommodations for 17 or more adults and supervision and personal care for at least 3 of the residents and skilled nursing care to 1 or more residents. "Residential care facility" is the term for facilities licensed by the Ohio Department of Health. "Assisted Living facility" is the more commonly used term, but may be an unlicensed facility.


Nursing Facilities

Facilities that are licensed and certified by the Ohio Department of Health and provide personal care services, 24-hour supervision, medications, skilled nursing, and/or rehabilitation services.



Long Term Care Resources


Person-Centered Care

You should feel at home wherever you are.

Person-centered care (PCC) is a philosophical approach to long term care that honors and respects the voice of elders and those working closest with them. It involves a continuing process of listening, trying new things, seeing how they work, and changing things in an effort to individualize care and de-institutionalize nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, and in long term care services (like home health care) provided in individuals' homes in the community.

In person-centered care the individual has the right to:

  • Make decisions
  • Have an individual plan of care
  • Be included on the care planning team with the provider (such as the nursing home or home care program)
  • Have their hopes, dreams and goals be central to their plan

Organizations related to Person-centered Care

Person-centered Care Internet Resources



Ombudsmen advocate for a better quality of care and life for long term care consumers. As consumer rights advocates, we act to ensure that consumers receive the services they need and deserve. We also work closely with long term care providers and many community organizations to inform and educate legislators and the public to encourage the delivery of high quality care that meets consumers’ needs and wishes.

National Network of Career Nursing Assistants 


Better quality of care for consumers is directly linked to the staff providing that care - how they feel about the consumers they take care of, how they feel about their jobs, what resources they have or don't have to do their jobs well, what challenges they face with the changing demographics in long term care facilities and in community-based care settings.


So LTCO is working with the NCNA to provide training to STNAs about Person-Centered Care through the Workshop Series we are offering to the staff of our area nursing facilities.


NCNA also provides extensive training opportunities, and June 13-20, 2013 is the 36th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week. This week provides a timely opportunity to foster and showcase the wonderful things that can happen for residents and workers when we join together in planning this special week - “Nursing Assistants @ the Heart of Care.

Other Advocacy Resources

These links are to resources that LTCO uses to advocate for a better system of long term care.