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Misson Statement:
To represent the Ohio adult care facilities industry.
To continue to improve the quality of service and care.
To provide training, technology and advocacy for this purpose.
Regional Contacts:
Addie Whaley
(216) 322-1641
Fraz Betz
(419) 344-6512
Mark Mayle
(330) 863-2980
Terry Russell
(614) 562-5102
Dayton Area:
Marty Falin
(937) 478-8737
Cincinnati Area:
Darryl Lumpkins
(513) 260-5151
Youngstown Area:
Mark Zidian
(330) 565-3832

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Success Stories - Ope

3Ope, who has schizophrenia, was referred to my Adult Care
Facility after he was asked to leave a homeless shelter here in
the Cincinnati area. His CPS worker and I knew one another
very well and, therefore, I was able to obtain a pretty good
picture of the issues at hand. So often the only information our
homes receive is that which is listed on one’s Plan of Care!

Besides being homeless, he walked most nights and there were serious behavior, hygiene, alcohol, money management and incontinent (bladder and bowel) problems. The only support was from the CPS worker and his mother who has numerous medical issues to deal with herself. The CPS worker agreed to visit often and to assist with monitoring closely. She was of great help but left the Agency months later. I have not had that support since.

There have been numerous diffi cult days. Ope would urinate anywhere and everywhere including the sink. Having an extensive bout of diarrhea, feces would be found on the fl oors, walls, bathroom sink and naturally in his clothes. I would purchase new clothes only to have him throw them out. I was then informed that he preferred wearing clothes he found on the streets or in garbage cans. The drinking only escalated the problems. I was only getting two to three hours of sleep per night and the majority of the other hours were spent cleaning, talking and working with Ope. I told myself over and over again that the $25.00 per day I was receiving for his care was not worth my time, energy, stress level nor frustration. I was at wits end.

However, being a licensed social worker and independent chemical dependency counselor, I felt empathetic. I began to address each issue individually. Over some minor resistance I got his community nurse and doctor more involved. I addressed the alcohol, hygiene and behavior. Ope was prescribed medication for his bowel incontinence. He was fi nally referred to a Urology Center where we learned that Ope’s bladder was full of cancer which was the direct cause of the urinary problem. Ope would need to have surgery. In a panic I repeatedly stated that Ope has no family support. His mother had been placed in a nursing home and they were considering amputating both of her feet. The surgeon was able to calm me down as he placed both hands on my shoulders and looked me straight in the eyes and stated “you are his family, you’re all he has.” I was signed on as his next of kin.

The surgery was successful and Ope’s bladder was removed. Ope and I kept every appointment and although a nurse comes in twice a week, I am trained and listed as his back-up in managing his ostomy care. Ope refused radiation and chemo treatment.

The surgery was several months ago and yes, we still have our share of problems and when I am down he lifts my spirits. Ope’s comments (on more than one occasion), “Mr. Lumpkins, thank you for all you do for me. You take real good care of us all and I appreciate it. I know I would be in the streets if it was not for you.”

As tears welled up in my eyes, I removed myself from the room and told myself, “for the grace of God this too could have been me!”

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