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Home Care In Amherst, OH

Home Care Amherst, OH

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Amherst Town Hall gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Amherst, OH is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.

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“This was the first time we had tried in home care for my mom. They made an experience I was nervous about, a huge relief for my family. Setting up the care was easy and I knew from their knowledge that my mom was in good hands. We received amazing care from the nurses, communication was easy so we knew what was going on at all times and everyone was so friendly. I will use them anytime the need arises for vacations or just a caregiver break.”

Niccole M.
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“We have used always best care twice now for a bit of respite care and they are awesome !!! The nurses are wonderful with my mom who is 90 and has dementia So caring and loving with her from scheduling to care It was the best experience .”

Christine S.
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“Staff is very friendly and always take great care of mom, really took the pressure off. Its a win all the way around! Perfectly splendid!”

Jim F.
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“The entire staff is fantastic to work with! They are professional and knowledgeable, and go above and beyond for their patients! Highly recommend!”

Lynn Z.
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“Always Best Care has provided excellent nursing care and therapy to both my mom and mother in law.”

Linda G.
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“Staff is excellent to work with and communication is quick and responsive. I am able to easily work with everyone within the company for any issues that have come up.”

Ryan M.
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“Undoubtedly would recommend to any individual in need of their scope of services. Exceptional customer service in all aspects. The best company to use by far in Northern Ohio and top notch quality in any category you can think of! The staff are superb and efficient and have been helpful beyond measure with my Aunt Betty Lou and Uncle Jim! The best!”

Tierra T.
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“Absolutely AMAZING staff to work with! They care for their patients like it's their own grandma, grandpa, mother, father, aunt, uncle etc. They respond to all requests expeditiously and not only instill but expect these same expectations in all their staff. Highly recommend ABC whether for medical or non-medical needs!”

Tammy V.
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“This company is amazing. The staff are excellent and they do everything they can to make life easier for their clients and family. Even on short notice they provided great service on a Sunday.”

Ruth Y.
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“This was our first outreach for support - the first time Dad expressed an interest in support while I was out of town. I wasn't sure we could find anyone who would be able to provide care quickly enough, especially through a large organization like the VA (and) I was really nervous about the type of person who would be showing up at our house. Fortunately, the VA connected me to Rebecca at Always Best Care in Grafton who helped to push through the request with our VA connection (who was also awesome) and took the time to learn a LOT about what Dad's needs would be. She chose the perfect caregiver/aide for his Respite Care, and Jada was able to start the day I left on my trip. I can't say enough wonderful things about Jada. She took the time to read my notes on her first day... about Dad's situation, our home, the cats, and my suggestions about starting and finishing her 4 hours, etc. and she followed both the letter and the spirit of my/our request for assistance. She was on time, she communicated any urgent information with me (Dad had a minor fall before she arrived one day), she respected his wishes, his way of doing things, and held the line about medicine, hydration, meals, and other essential things. She gave Dad the confidence that she would be there everyday to help him and support him. We will be back the next time I travel, we will request Jada, and I cannot recommend ABC Grafton more highly. We were so unsure about what we were asking and now know where we can turn for the assistance we need. Thank you!!”

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“My dad was a patient of ABC of Grafton after triple bypass surgery. The nurses and office staff was great to work with about his care. Jaime the nurse had so much compassion, she even called him periodically during the dad to remind him to do his deep breathing exercises. Our dad and family is so happy with all the services.”

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“I would recommend them to everyone that I know. I have been with them since November of 2019. My nurse Jamie is amazing. I also love the everyone at the office they are very helpful, courteous and friendly people.”

Diane P.
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“My nurse Jamie is amazing and very caring , the off was always very helpful”

Kevon P.
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“Nice service, staff helpful. Glad they were recommended”

Elina S.
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“I have been in there care since November of 2019. Jamie my nurse is amazing and will always go above and beyond for me. The office staff is very helpful, courteous and amazing to work with. I always recommend them. Thanks again for all you guys do. Stay safe.”

Diane P.
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“My nurse Jamie was awesome, and support staff always helpful”

Kevon P.
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“The entire staff helped tremendously with my father's care. Jim is certified in Alzheimer's and dementia care and took the time to sit with our entire family a provided a great deal of information, knowledge and tips on care as this is so overwhelming. Helped get us connected with the VA, as dad was a vet and also provided other community resources to lend assistance. Aides who care for dad are truly a blessing and mom is much less stressed. Highly recommend-they're GREAT!”

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“They took care of my father-in-law AND my mother-in-law and they couldn't have been better. Very attentive to their needs, called before coming out. The nurses are wound certified and provide excellent care. I highly recommend them and would use them again anytime the need arises.”

Cathy M.
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“The entire staff helped tremendously with my father's care. Jim is certified in Alzheimer's and dementia care and took the time to sit with our entire family a provided a great deal of information, knowledge and tips on care as this is so overwhelming. Helped get us connected with the VA, as dad was a vet and also provided other community resources to lend assistance. Aides who care for dad are truly a blessing and mom is much less stressed. Highly recommend-they're GREAT!”

Jim S.
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“The staff there are very knowledgeable and kind”

Jaime F.
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Christi B.
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“Great place and good people”

Bonnie D.
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“Good service that seems to care about the clients.”

Mesaros
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“We have hired Always Best Care. The caregiver comes in. She washes the floor, she cleans the bathroom, she vacuums, she changes the beds, and she does the laundry. She also talks to me. It is good. The management is very cooperative with us. There have been no problems. The pricing is reasonable.”

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“I used Always Best Care Senior Services. There were problems, but not very many. There was a few people I didn't care for and neither did the management over there. They would come over every day, and they did a pretty good job. There were times when they were short on people, and the younger people took a while to immediately give people what they needed. There were a couple of times when they were supposed to come in, but the caregiver was too young and she didn't show up on a Saturday night. As far as everything else they seemed to be alright.”

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“Couldn't be more pleased with the service and how nice the people are. - Michael D.”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Amherst, OH?

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Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.

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When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

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At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Amherst, OH

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Maude Neiding Memorial Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Jazzboline Restaurant & Bar or visit St. George Chapel (Amherst, OH Historical), don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Amherst, OH

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Amherst, OH, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your OH's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Amherst, OH understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.


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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • 1907 Assisted Living at Central School
  • Sprenger Health Care Amherst Manor Retirement Community
  • Central Village Independent
  • Amherst Meadows Skilled Nursing and Rehab
  • Echoing Lake Residential
  • Echoing Lake Brown Home
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way

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A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Amherst, OH 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Amherst, OH

'I do apologize for my actions, but I won't take it back': Amherst bus driver shares her side of story following viral video

'I'm sorry for the way this went down, I truly am. I do apologize for my actions, but I wont take it back.'VERMILION, Ohio — "How much more do you expect me to (expletive) take?"The viral video that shows Amherst bus driver Jackie Miller using profanities and yelling at students has been viewed millions of times...

'I'm sorry for the way this went down, I truly am. I do apologize for my actions, but I wont take it back.'

VERMILION, Ohio — "How much more do you expect me to (expletive) take?"

The viral video that shows Amherst bus driver Jackie Miller using profanities and yelling at students has been viewed millions of times on social media.

Now she's sharing her side of the story with 3News' Bri Buckley.

"That particular day was challenging to say the very least because it started the minute this core group of students got on the bus," Miller said.

She said a group of kids on her bus constantly act out, purposefully instigating her for the last two years, and she finally had enough.

"I'm sorry for the way this went down, I truly am," Miller said. "I do apologize for my actions, but I won't take it back."

TONIGHT @ 11 : this video has gone viral, with millions of views on TikTok. Now Amherst bus driver Jackie Miller is sharing her side of the story and what led to this moment @wkyc https://t.co/DN3uKsFLfV

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She told 3News that she suffers from asthma and strong fragrances will trigger her attacks.

One student yelled that another had sprayed perfume, which led to what you see in the video. She said just last month this led to an attack.

"She sprayed perfume on the bus and I had a horrible asthma attack. I had to stop the bus, grab my inhaler and try to get my lungs to open up again. I had all the kids open up all the windows they know this," Miller said.

Amid a nationwide bus driver shortage, Miller said behavior like this is largely to blame.

"This is a plight of all bus drivers, we are treated in the worst possible sense of the word," Miller said. "We are treated with such lack of respect."

The video, which you can see above, has garnered an outpouring of support. That support includes a Vermilion apparel company printing some of what she said on a t-shirt.

"We all kind of just felt for her in that moment. We've all had bad days, we've all gone through hardships and our hearts just went out for her," said Jacqui Adkins, Mistakes on the Lakes & Main Street Threads owner.

Adkins said $5 of each t-shirt sale will be donated to Miller since she's now without a job after resigning following the incident.

Support from a GoFundMe account for Miller started by Jeff Grob, who is also from Vermilion, raised more than $35,000 as of 6:45 a.m. Monday.

"There's just no words to say how grateful that I am for the people who have supported me," Miller said. "It restores your faith in humanity. It makes you think that not all people are bad, that there's really good people in the world."

Amherst Superintendent Mike Molnar told 3News' Bri Buckley on Friday night that multiple students have been disciplined following the incident, though he did not specify how many students, what they are being disciplined for, or what those disciplinary actions are.

Amherst residents want action from city to clean up ‘hoarder’ house that’s been vacant since 2013

AMHERST, OHIO (WOIO) - Since 2013, the neighbors on Jackson Street have been trying to get a vacant home cleaned up.“At some point, it has to be a health and safety issue,” said Kelly Post, whose father lives next door to the home.The 19 News troubleshooter team went out to the property to see what neighbors described as, ”a smelly mess.”There was trash all over the front and back yards of the property, holes in the roof, and a vacant note on the mailbox.“The backdoor was kicked open,...

AMHERST, OHIO (WOIO) - Since 2013, the neighbors on Jackson Street have been trying to get a vacant home cleaned up.

“At some point, it has to be a health and safety issue,” said Kelly Post, whose father lives next door to the home.

The 19 News troubleshooter team went out to the property to see what neighbors described as, ”a smelly mess.”

There was trash all over the front and back yards of the property, holes in the roof, and a vacant note on the mailbox.

“The backdoor was kicked open, the stench when the weather warms up, also the vermin and the feral cats going in and out its a real health concern,” said Susan Conkle that lives next door.

19 News discovered that the Lorain County Health Department came out to the home twice last year and filed an investigation report.

Some of the reports noted the smell coming from the home. One inspector wrote that there were piles of trash and other stuff that were at least 4-feet tall throughout the house.

Each of the three reports ended by saying their findings were sent to city officials.

“We don’t want to come across as we’re bashing the city but we just want something done,” said Post.

A note from the city stating that if the grass isn’t cut and the yard isn’t cleaned in five days, the city would clean it up and charge the homeowner is posted on the front door. That letter was dated May of 2021.

The neighbors went to a town hall meeting to see why the yard wasn’t cleaned up 10 months ago, but weren’t given the answer they wanted.

“That we could go get our own lawyer and fight it personally,” said neighbor Linda Turley.

The 19 News troubleshooter team went by town hall to see why the city hadn’t cleaned up the mess but the door was locked, so our team sent out an email and called but no answer.

“It’s really sad, that was a beautiful house at one point,” said Post.

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Amherst neighbors concerned about mystery smell at vacant house

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AMHERST, Ohio — Amherst neighbors are demanding action from the city after what they say has been almost a decade of complaints about the sight, smell and potential health risks of one house on their block.

“This hasn’t just started,” said James Todhunter, who’s lived on Jackson Street for almost 60 years.

From his front porch, Todhunter pointed out the condition of the house next door, which he said has been empty for several years and is becoming an increasingly concerning public nuisance.

“It is filled up. Stuff is scattered all over. When you go in the back door – it’s been open for two years – the floor is all rotted out,” he said.

One of the worst parts Todhunter and others describe is the odor coming from the home. He believes its origin is from dead animals, rodents, rot, and mold inside.

“Believe me, it smells bad in the summertime,” he said, adding that he first alerted the mayor and city council members to the problem in 2016 after other neighbors had already been complaining for several years.

During the March 14 Amherst City Council meeting, neighbors and city leaders discussed the property for more than 30 minutes.

“I’m sorry we couldn’t bring the smell that comes from this house when the weather starts to get warmer,” said neighbor Susan Conkle before she and others presented a slideshow of photos.

Another neighbor, Linda Turley, a former Clerk of Council, cited a number of city ordinances the house could be violating. She included details about unmowed grass, vehicles with expired tags, litter, waste and garage outside, as well as a potential hoarding situation inside.

“That house is a fire hazard. If it ever catches fire, both of you guys on either side, you’re going to have problems,” Turley said.

The mayor and several city council members said they’ve received complaints from constituents.

“They were telling me about the situation, but actually seeing it in person from the outside I was quite surprised,” said Councilman-at-large Martin Herberling.

Mayor Mike Castilow said, “This is honestly a constantly revolving door dealing with this property and one or two others.”

The Lorain County Board of Health sent News 5 several complaints filed by neighbors about garbage, hoarding, and air quality. Inspectors sent their findings to the city and told the complainants they did not have jurisdiction.

City leaders said they have cited the property owner for ordinance violations. Some of the issues were handled and fines were paid. Shortly before a public auction, the property owner paid off nearly $21,000 in delinquent taxes.

During the recent city council meeting, the city law director explained the decision to declare the property a public nuisance or order demolition rests with the courts.

“There has to be a public safety, public hazard constitution. And actually, common law really protects the owner’s individual rights to property,” Law Director Tony Pecora said.

Neighbors point to their photos and years of documented complaints as a mountain of evidence.

“It’s a serious situation,” Todhunter said.

Conkle said, “We implore the city to please take this seriously. Drive by the house, come look around, pull in my driveway. You really have to see it. It’s awful, it’s horrible and it’s sad to have this in the city of Amherst.”

News 5 reached out to the property owner for this story. He declined to make any comments on camera but said he accepts full responsibility for the condition of the property. He added that he’s ordered a dumpster for delivery this Friday and plans to begin cleaning out the house this weekend.

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"Kids nowadays have no respect": Amherst bus driver video goes viral as internet offers support amid resignation

An Amherst, Ohio school bus driver has gone viral on social media after using inappropriate language with students. Since the video circulated online, it has been announced that the woman in question has resigned. The Amherst Exempted Village School District also sent a note to parents announcing that the incident would be investigated. One can assume that the parents were not thrilled to hear that their children were subjected to obscenities. However, internet users applauded the driver and opined that the youngsters probably deserved it....

An Amherst, Ohio school bus driver has gone viral on social media after using inappropriate language with students. Since the video circulated online, it has been announced that the woman in question has resigned. The Amherst Exempted Village School District also sent a note to parents announcing that the incident would be investigated. One can assume that the parents were not thrilled to hear that their children were subjected to obscenities. However, internet users applauded the driver and opined that the youngsters probably deserved it.

In the video, which was posted on TikTok and Facebook, the frustrated Amherst driver who has parked the school bus can be seen making her way towards the back of the vehicle where she starts to shout expletives at the students. The driver said:

"I’m sick of you… I’m sick of all this s**t. I’m done with it. I’m gonna start kicking some f**king serious a*s. Do you hear me? My foot’s gonna be so far up your godd*amn a*s, it’s gonna dangle at your godd*mn nose."

The bus driver then said:

"I’m ready to walk off this godd*mn bus right now and let you people walk the f**k home. How much more do you think anybody can freaking take. Shut your mouth. I don’t wanna hear another godd*mn word out of your mouth… You’re so full of s**t, Jackson, you’re as bad as he is done… somebody needs to come up on this block and seriously kick some f**king a*s."

The reason behind the meltdown was not revealed by media outlets. However, from the video it seems like the Amherst bus driver got enraged after students used a perfume which the driver happens to be allergic to.

The identity of the bus driver was not revealed at the time of writing this article.

Netizens react to viral Amherst bus driver video

Unexpectedly, netizens were siding with the bus driver. Many believed that the students must have done something wrong on purpose, which led to the outburst. A few comments online read:

Bus driver resigns after incident

Mike Molnar, the Amherst Superintendent, sent a letter to parents announcing that the woman had resigned. It was also revealed that an investigation into the event would take place. The letter read:

“The behavior exhibited by the bus driver is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. I have accepted the bus driver's resignation effective immediately and the incident will be fully investigated. The actions of the bus driver do not represent the values and standards we uphold as a district and do not reflect our commitment to providing a safe, caring, and compassionate educational environment. Moving forward, our Transportation Department will review its procedures to make sure we are handling situations appropriately for the safety of our students.”

The district also promised to conduct “proper training and professional development” for the bus drivers.

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Amherst City Council eyes outdoor drinking proposal

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AMHERST, Ohio — Amherst City Council is set to take the first step in reviewing a proposal to make part of downtown a "DORA" or "Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area" during special community events.

Supporters of the proposal say it could help businesses bounce back and make up for lost profits due to the pandemic.

Step foot in downtown Amherst, and you'll quickly realize how quaint the area is.

In fact, some say it could be the backdrop for a Hallmark Christmas movie.

The streets are lined with flowers, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and friendly residents.

"I just really love the community. Everybody gets to know each other," said Teresa Gilles, Executive Director of Main Street Amherst.

Working for the non-profit, Main Street Amherst, Gilles wants to amplify the community and highlight what visitors may have been missing over the years.

She advocates for the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area or "DORA".

"The whole purpose behind it is to help not only the town and the restaurants but even the retailers," said Gilles.

Here's how the DORA would work:

Residents and visitors could walk around with mixed drinks or beer in the scenic space.

Gilles says it won't be a free-for-all or party place.

In fact, it will specifically only cover a couple of city streets, and the DORA would only be used during special community events like "Walking on Wednesdays" where they close off the streets for a block party-like gathering during a couple of months out of the year.

"It's not a thing where a Mardi Gras... Not at all. But it's just a way people can enjoy a beverage when they're walking around," said Gilles.

Designated cups would be sold by retailers providing the alcohol, to prevent underage drinking.

However, Amherst City Council member Chuck Winiarski says although there appears to be overwhelming support for the DORA, there are still questions that need to be answered.

"How do you participate and what are the costs associated with it? I think some local businesses are apprehensive because I'm not sure that they really want people walking around with drinks. I think some local residents are apprehensive because they think it promotes an environment that maybe lends itself to being somewhat unruly," said Chuck Winiarski, Amherst City Council Member.

A public hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Amherst City Council will then vote on the map.

Officials are hoping this proposal will pass and become official by this fall.

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