Caregivers Resources

Welcome to the Probate Court Caregivers Resources page.

As your Probate Judge, I meet many hard working, kind people who are caring for very ill family members or friends.  Caregiving can be demanding and stressful.  Many caregivers are unpaid family members or friends who provide full or part-time care.  Most caregivers work seven days per week to provide personal care and household chores.

If you are caring for a loved one who is developmentally disabled or has been diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, the following resources may help you, your loved one, or other friends and family members to access important information and support.

Additionally, you will find a series of helpful videos to assist you in your role as a caregiver at:   All Court Videos

Thank you for your hard work,
Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer

Caregivers Support

The Summit Senior Coalition:   More Information
A collaborative of non-profit organizations and government agencies to provide services to older persons.

Caregiver Action Network:   More Information
Offers education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers free of charge.

National Alliance for Caregiving:   More Information
Provides resources to help family caregivers address and cope with the challenges of caring for a loved one.

National Caregivers Library:   More Information
Resources and tools for caregivers and seniors.

Video Caregiving:   More Information
Helpful videos on Alzheimer’s and other caregiving topics; provides insight and ideas for caregiver support.   More Information
Offers support and ideas for both the caregiver and the person being cared for to ease the caregiving process.

Next Step in Care:   More Information
Easy-to-use guides that help family caregivers work with their health care providers in planning and implementing safe, smooth transitions for chronically or seriously ill patients.  Transitional examples include:  from hospital to home; from hospital or home to a rehab facility; starting or ending of home care services, physical therapy, hospice or other care settings.

Justice in Aging:   More Information
The site has informative content about seniors and poverty, as well as laws affecting seniors.

Patient Advocacy and The Ohio Caregiver’s Act:   More information
Explores your role as a caregiver advocate and decision maker with an in-depth explanation of your rights under The Ohio Caregiver’s Act.

Parkinson’s Disease:   More information
A patient and a caregiver share their stories of Parkinson’s Disease.

Navigating the Challenges of Family Caregiving:   More information
Helpful information from the experts to assist you in your role as a family caregiver.

Daily Living

Adult Protective Services:   More Information
Works to remedy issues of senior adult (over 60) abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Ohio Department of Medicaid:   More Information
Medicaid benefits information and help through the Ohio Means Jobs program.

Social Security Online:   More Information
Information on retirement and disability benefits.

Social Security Representative Payee Training:   More Information
This is training for those serving as a representative payee.  It provides insight into the growing issues of elder abuse through financial exploitation.

AAA – Roadwise Review:   More Information
Information to help seniors drive safer and longer.

AAA – Senior Driving Professional Assessment:   More Information
A comprehensive evaluation and driving assessment.

Northern Summit County DIAL-A-RIDE:   More Information
Transportation for older adults to medical appointments.  Must be at least 60 years of age and live in Northern Summit County, north of Route 303.

Metro Regional Transit Authority Scat Program:   More Information
A personalized, pre-arranged transportation for older adults and persons with disabilities in Summit County.  Provides curb-to-curb service; door-to-door services.  ADA Paratransit is also available for individuals with a functional disability.

Summit County Job and Family Services Non-Emergency Transportation (NET):   More Information
Provides non-emergency transportation for Medicaid recipients with an active Medicaid card. Rides are given to and from Medicaid-covered services (only) by contracted-service providers.

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program:   More Information
OSHIIP provides free information and other health insurance services to people in Ohio covered by Medicare regardless of age.

DD Services

Summit Developmental Disabilities Board:   More Information
Services for adults and children with developmental disabilities and support for their caregivers.

Catholic Charities/Summit County/ Recreational Respite:   More Information
Daytime respite care for DD individuals (age 13 to 80) eligible for services through Summit DD.

Health Topics

ALS Association of Northern Ohio:   More Information

Alzheimer’s Association/Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia/Greater East Ohio Area Chapter:   More Information

American Cancer Society:   More Information

American Diabetes Association:   More Information

American Heart Association:   More Information

American Parkinson Disease Association:   More Information

American Stroke Association:   More Information

Huntington’s Disease Society of America – Northeast Ohio Chapter:   More Information

Muscular Dystrophy Association:   More Information

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Buckeye Chapter:   More Information

The Arthritis Foundation:   More Information

Help & Services

Summit Adult Day Services – Community Services of Summit County:   More Information
A non-denominational daytime program helping older adults maintain their independence.  Program offers care designed to improve socialization through activities that strengthen physical and mental functioning and accommodates all levels of function from alert and highly functional participants to those in the advanced stages of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Transportation is fee-based and available upon request.  Program accepts Passport/Medicaid, VA Administration, Ohio Home Care, IO Waiver, Level 1 Waiver, Ohio Home Care Waiver, private pay options and other local funds.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Community Living:   More Information
Services and programs designed to help older adults live independently in their homes and communities.  Services can include transportation, adult day care, caregiver supports and health promotion programs.

Direction Home/Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities:   More Information
Services helping seniors remain independent and secure at home through access to a variety of supportive services.  Also provides caregiver resources and education.

Vantage Aging (Formerly Mature Services, Inc.):   More Information
Provides high-quality programs, like Caring Companions, to support seniors living at home as they age.

Mobile Meals:   More Information
Provide meals and nutritional supplements to homebound children and seniors who are unable to prepare meals.

Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio:   More Information
Free or low-cost home repair assistance and help to make a home handicap accessible.

Community Caregivers:   More Information
Provides in-home caregiving services.  Agency is an approved Area Agency on Aging PASSPORT program, accepts Medicare and Medicaid.  Click on link to access the Community Caregivers Guide.

Visiting Physicians Association – Akron:   More Information…
Provides in-home care for homebound patients unable to visit their doctor’s office with an expertise in geriatrics. VPA works with the patient’s hospital/physicians and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, most health insurances and is an approved AAA PASSPORT provider.

Ohio Long-Term Care Consumer Guide:  More Information
Offers help in deciding if a loved one needs long-term care and where to find good, affordable care.

Medicare Compare Nursing Homes:  More Information
Offers detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid nursing home in the country.

Hospice & Palliative Care

Hospice of Western Reserve:   More Information
A community-based non-profit hospice offering palliative and end-of-life care, caregiver support and bereavement counseling.

Summa Health – Palliative Care and Hospice Services:   More Information
Care for the whole person, while enhancing comfort and quality of life to the very ill patient.

Visiting Nurse Service/Hospice:   More Information
Helping the patient and family with end-of-life decision making and providing comfort for the terminally ill.  VNS accepts Medicare and Medicaid and is an approved AAA PASSPORT provider.


Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority:   More Information
Provides low-cost housing options for eligible individuals and families.

Mental Health Support

Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board (ADM Board):   More Information
Information on affordable treatment and prevention services for adults, teens and children with mental illness and/or alcohol or other drug addiction.

Community Support Services (CSS):   More Information
Provides comprehensive treatment, rehabilitation, case management, advocacy and support for those with severe mental illness.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Summit County:   More Information
Support, education and advocacy dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their family caregivers.

Portage Path Behavioral Health:   More Information
Provides outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and other specialized behavioral health services.

Seniors and Aging

AARP Ohio:   More Information
Caregivers’ news and resources.

Advance Directive for Dementia:   More Information
A healthcare Advance Directive is especially important for someone diagnosed with dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s.

American Geriatrics Society Health in Aging:   More Information
Providing caregivers and professionals with an “A to Z” resource for information on health and aging.  Click on link to access, How to Talk to Your Healthcare Provider: Tips on Improving Communication.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging:   More Information
Resource center for improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults and their caregivers.

SAMADA:   More Information
Offers resources and practical guides in planning for the future, including long-term care, a serious illness, caregiving, advance directives and a checklist when a loved one has passed.

The Conversation Project:   More Information
Help to start the conversation with your loved one about end-of-life planning.  Also includes a guide to help the caregiver talk to someone in the early stages of decline from Alzheimer’s or Dementia about their wishes when an advanced illness occurs.


U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs:   More Information
Information on veteran’s benefits.

Veteran’s Affairs/Medical Care:   More Information
Healthcare information for veterans, including VA hospitals, clinics and caregiver support.

Veteran’s Service Commission, Akron:   More Information
Local Summit County office of the Veteran’s Administration.

VA Caregivers Support:   More Information
Offers support and service options designed for caregivers.  The programs are available both in and out of the home to help the caregiver and the veterans they are caring for.

Rev. 02-12-2018