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Home Care In Avon Lake, OH

Home Care Avon Lake, 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 Heritage Avon Lake 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 Avon Lake, 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.”

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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!”

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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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“care taken in matching aides to clients”

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.”

Theodore
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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 Avon Lake, 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 Avon Lake, 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 Bleser 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 Fratello's Italian Restaurant or visit Peter Miller House Museum, 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 Avon Lake, 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 Avon Lake, 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 Avon Lake, 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:

  • Senior Care Avon Lake White Orchid
  • Independence Village Avon Lake
  • A Place For Mom - Senior Living Advisor near Avon Lake
  • Rose Senior Living Avon
  • Sprenger Health Care Towne Center Community Campus
  • My New Villa
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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 Avon Lake, 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 Avon Lake, OH

Trio of Clark Griswolds give Avon Lake ‘hap-hap-happiest Christmas’ light displays

AVON LAKE, Ohio (WOIO) - A trio of real-life Clark Griswolds sure know a thing or two about “exterior illumination” as they make Avon Lake merry and (very) bright with their Christmas lights!194 FAY AVEIt all started nearly 30 years ago when James Gerrasch of 194 Fay Ave. decided to really deck the halls inside and outside of his home when his daughter, Cathy Vocaire, was a kid.Each holiday season, Gerrasch became the definition of “bigger and better than ever,” especially when he retired...

AVON LAKE, Ohio (WOIO) - A trio of real-life Clark Griswolds sure know a thing or two about “exterior illumination” as they make Avon Lake merry and (very) bright with their Christmas lights!

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It all started nearly 30 years ago when James Gerrasch of 194 Fay Ave. decided to really deck the halls inside and outside of his home when his daughter, Cathy Vocaire, was a kid.

Each holiday season, Gerrasch became the definition of “bigger and better than ever,” especially when he retired over 15 years ago.

Over three decades, Gerrasch has grown the display to include over 40,000 lights with homemade Sparkle Balls out of cocktail cups and wooden sculptures he handcrafted himself.

The community has even helped expand the display by donating more than 35 artificial Christmas trees over the years.

Vocaire said with so many decorations, his neighbors have even encouraged the display to spill on over to their properties.

Even now that Gerrasch 81 years old, he is still carrying on the tradition of decorating for the community every year.

“You will not be disappointed!” his daughter, Vocaire praised.

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Gerrasch’s glowing Christmas spirit inspired his long-time friend, Kevin Devere of 688 Lear Rd., to make his home sparkle and shine for Christmastime.

Furthermore, Gerrasch showed Devere the tricks of the trade, like how to build homemade Sparkle Balls and keep those artificial Christmas trees mounted even when the weather is snowing and blowing.

Devere has been expanding his radiant display each year as well... and the community has chipped in with donating several artificial Christmas trees too!

His display also includes dazzling Christmas ornaments and light post figures throughout the yard.

This year’s addition is a festive wooden red truck on the garage.

“It is truly amazing!” Vocaire applauded.

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Kevin Devere then influenced his friend, Kevin Moore, to try to make his Christmas decorations outshine the rest in his neighborhood (literally).

Moore has transformed his home at 384 Crestwood Ave. into a replica of the National Lampoons Christmas Vacation house.

No word yet on if he has an Aunt Bethany who asked if his house was on fire...

“It is absolutely stunning as well!” Vocaire beamed. “The amount of lights, trees, displays and beautiful arcs is something to see!”

This year, Moore found another way to get the community involved.

Whoever guesses the correct amount of lights (or closest to the exact number without going over) that he used in the display will win a $50 Amazon gift card.

“You need to check this one out!” Vocaire urged.

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Since Gerrasch was already friends with Devere, and the two Kevins were alrady friend, Devere introduced Moore to Gerrasch in 2023.

Now, the three of them have come together as a trio of merry makers.

These three houses are not just leaving Avon Lake residents in awe... these three displays are also featured on the the Northeast Ohio Family Fun list of best Christmas displays.

The displays will light up Avon Lake until Jan. 7, 2024.

Gerrasch is pictured in the middle with Moore on the left and Devere on the right in the next two pictures:

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Bald eagle eggs discovered in nest at Avon Lake's Redwood Elementary School: Watch live eagle cam 24/7

The bald eagle parents, named Stars and Stripes, have had a nest at Avon Lake's Redwood Elementary School since 2014. Eggs usually take 40 days to hatch.AVON LAKE, Ohio — Want a sure sign that spring is just around the corner? Look no further than Redwood Elementary School in Avon Lake.On Feb. 29, Avon Lake City Schools announced that a bald eagle egg was spotted in the nest near the school.According to the district, the confirmed date and time the egg was spotted from watchers on ...

The bald eagle parents, named Stars and Stripes, have had a nest at Avon Lake's Redwood Elementary School since 2014. Eggs usually take 40 days to hatch.

AVON LAKE, Ohio — Want a sure sign that spring is just around the corner? Look no further than Redwood Elementary School in Avon Lake.

On Feb. 29, Avon Lake City Schools announced that a bald eagle egg was spotted in the nest near the school.

According to the district, the confirmed date and time the egg was spotted from watchers on the Avon Lake Bald Eagles Nest Facebook page is Feb. 29, 2024 at 12:26 p.m.

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Then, on March 3, Avon Lake City Schools revealed that a second bald eagle egg was seen in the nest at 3:49 p.m. Additionally, on March 6, at 6:59 p.m. a third egg was discovered.

Credit: Avon Lake City School District

If this story sounds familiar, it's because the eagle parents -- named Stars and Stripes -- have welcomed multiple eaglets throughout recent years, all of which gained coverage through a live streaming camera. Stars and Stripes first started to build a nest in a tree in the back of the school in the fall of 2014. A web camera was first installed in September of 2015.

So when might we see our first eaglet? Avon Lake officials say eagle eggs at Redwood usually take approximately 40 days to hatch.

To use last year as a reference, the first eagle egg was discovered on Feb. 25, 2023, with the first of two hatchings on April 5, 2023. The second eaglet hatched the following day. The eaglets were named Anchor and Arrow.

Editor's note: You can watch live video 24/7 of the eagle nest at Redwood Elementary School in the player below (courtesy of Avon Lake City Schools).

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Mom files lawsuit against Avon Lake City Schools Board of Education, cites alleged violations of Ohio's Open Meetings Act

The suit claims the board failed to post notices and the purpose of multiple special meetings, including a meeting that approved the new superintendent's contract.AVON LAKE, Ohio — The Avon Lake Board of Education is facing a lawsuit from a mom who lives within the district."This was a hard thing for me to do," says 35-year-old Erin Myers. “I have three kids in the district, and I love Avon Lake Schools.&rdqu...

The suit claims the board failed to post notices and the purpose of multiple special meetings, including a meeting that approved the new superintendent's contract.

AVON LAKE, Ohio — The Avon Lake Board of Education is facing a lawsuit from a mom who lives within the district.

"This was a hard thing for me to do," says 35-year-old Erin Myers. “I have three kids in the district, and I love Avon Lake Schools.”

With her lawyer Matthew Miller-Novak by her side via Zoom, Myers explains to 3News why she filed the lawsuit against the Board of Education, which serves the district she loves.

“I want to see more transparency,” Myers says. “I noticed that a lot of meetings were happening without proper notice. There were meetings (that) happened that I didn't know about.”

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In the lawsuit, which was originally filed in early November, Myers accuses the board of failing to follow aspects of Ohio’s Open Meetings Act. The law requires all “public bodies in Ohio to conduct all public business in open meetings that the public may attend and observe.”

Both Myers and Miller-Novak say filing a lawsuit is the best way to get the Board of Education to operate in a transparent manner.

“The violations here are so habitual, it really seemed like the only logical option to put a stop to it,” Miller-Novak says. “We’re talking about making sure that people who go to the ballot box have the proper information that they need to evaluate their elected officials.”

The suit claims the board failed to post notices and the purpose of multiple special meetings, including a meeting that approved the employment contract of the district’s new superintendent. The suit calls these actions unlawful and accuses the board of not taking proper minutes as required by the Open Meetings Act.

“I really want to be in tune with what's going on, and that requires transparency,” Myers shares.

She says there’s a misperception that the lawsuit was filed to stop the $170 million bond issue that would have given the district the money from taxpayers to build new schools and renovate the high school.

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“I was a proponent of the bond issue,” Myers points out. “I volunteered for it. I was on the facilities committee that came up with the plan. I wanted to see Issue 11 pass.”

The measure failed by just 441 votes on election day.

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The lawsuit was amended after the board held a special meeting on Nov. 12 in Columbus to discuss a resolution to place the bond issue back on the ballot in March. The suit claims holding a meeting over two hours away while the board attended an Ohio School Boards Association conference violates the spirit of the Open Meetings Act.

“We had already sent the lawsuit to Lorain County and then that meeting happened,” Myers explains. “It really confirmed to me that I did the right thing.”

According to a message posted to the district’s website from Avon Lake Superintendent Joelle Magyar, the Board of Education voted on Nov. 29 “to table the Resolution to Proceed which would have placed a bond issue on the March 19, 2024 Primary Election.” The message goes on to say, “after reviewing our financial outlook, the decision to 'press pause' was reasonable.”

“It (the lawsuit) isn't about a bond issue or trying to stop a bond issue,” Myers explains. “It's trying to stop bad government.”

3News reached out to the Avon Lake Board of Education and their lawyer about the claims. Board President Jim Stobe responded by saying “the Board does not comment on pending litigation.”

According to the lawsuit, Myers is asking for the following:

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Supporters of Issue 11 in Avon Lake reflect on election loss, what it means for future of school district

If passed, Issue 11 would have generated $170 million from tax payers to build three new schools and renovate Avon Lake High School. The measure failed by 441 votes.AVON LAKE, Ohio — Voters in Avon Lake have voted down Issue 11, a $170 million bond issue for Avon Lake City Schools to build three new school buildings and renovate the high School."Obviously it hurts,” says Katie Koch,...

If passed, Issue 11 would have generated $170 million from tax payers to build three new schools and renovate Avon Lake High School. The measure failed by 441 votes.

AVON LAKE, Ohio — Voters in Avon Lake have voted down Issue 11, a $170 million bond issue for Avon Lake City Schools to build three new school buildings and renovate the high School.

"Obviously it hurts,” says Katie Koch, a 2005 graduate of Avon Lake High who moved back to the community with her family two years ago.

Koch has two young children and volunteers for the group Avon Lake Citizens for Schools. She and her lifelong friend Mallory Wehage were both pushing for the passage of Issue 11.

The measure failed on Election Day by 441 votes.

"It's hard to go to other districts and see the opportunities that their students have based on the physical facilities and then seeing ours," Koch shared.

Wehage is also a 2005 Avon Lake grad. Her children are fifth-generation Avon Lake students who now attend Eastview Elementary.

"The school where my children attend, my grandparents went to elementary school there when it first opened in the '50s, and it really just needs some work," Wehage told 3News. "It's not conducive to a learning environment for our kids."

Avon Lake Superintendent Joelle Magyar says she's disappointed the bond issue to build two new pre-K to fifth grade elementary schools and a new sixth through eighth grade middle school, in addition to renovating the high school, failed. However, she's energized to figure out what's next for the district.

"We will be meeting with our board to determine what those next steps would be," Magyar explained. "Just kind of assess where we are with the community right now, maybe engage the community and have some understanding as to what some of those roadblocks are before we might consider putting it [the construction project] back on the ballot again."

Those opposed to Issue 11 say the district was asking for too much at once. However, Magyar believes breaking up the project and spreading it out over a longer period had the potential to be more expensive because of rising building costs.

"The need is still there for us regardless of what the plan is," she said. "Our buildings are still in the same condition that they were yesterday."

Magyar adds one thing the district could have done differently is give themselves more time to engage the community.

"I think we started maybe a little bit later in the process," she admitted. "Next time, [we will] consider giving ourselves a little more runway to have more community engagement so that there really isn’t any misunderstanding out in our community. … Our kids deserve spaces in which we can educate them to the best of our abilities."

Artisans display their Talents in Avon Lake

AVON LAKE, Ohio -- Life has come full circle for Avon Lake resident Jennifer Birk. She is about to celebrate the grand opening of her new store, Talents •Gifts•Boutique•Home•Market, 33491 Lake Road, at 4 p.m. Nov. 1.The location is in Beach P...

AVON LAKE, Ohio -- Life has come full circle for Avon Lake resident Jennifer Birk. She is about to celebrate the grand opening of her new store, Talents •Gifts•Boutique•Home•Market, 33491 Lake Road, at 4 p.m. Nov. 1.

The location is in Beach Park Station shopping plaza, which holds lots of memories for Birk. She grew up in Avon Lake and always dreamed of owning a business in the city.

Birk and her husband, Brian,were high school sweethearts and graduated from Avon Lake High School in 1989. Their first date was at the Avon Lake movie theater, which was in the same building where they are now opening their business.

And Jennifer Birk’s first job was at the bakery in the same building.

Brian’s great-grandfather was a Motorman for the Lake Shore Electric Railway based out of Beach Park Station. And Brian’s grandfather would empty the trash bins at the Saddle Inn above the plaza.

“I do beach glass jewelry,” said Jennifer. “I started with that six years ago. I sold my items up in Coldwater, Mich., where my family has a lake house. I did really well. That got me really motivated.

“I then started finding boutiques around here and started doing that, but my vision was always to have my own place. I really stalked this space (Beach Park Station) and knew it would be perfect for my vision.”

A nurse by profession, Jennifer worked at Our Lady of the Wayside for many years, but always enjoyed crafting and making things to sell. She loves art, history and supporting all types of creators.

She chose the name Talents for her business because she knew so many talented people. She also has a knack for throwing great parties and is a talented decorator.

“Talents will have something for everyone in all price ranges,” Jennifer said in a press release. “From nostalgic candy to fine art, our customers will be thrilled to shop with us.

“DiFiore Designs is creating original spirit wear. Gold Arrow Studio will have Avon Lake jewelry, as well as their well-known boho jewelry. Tori Rudkin from Avon Lake High School is bringing her college spirit items, as well as her mom’s beach glass art.”

The long list of other items for sale at Talents also includes Joda-Ly Jewelry (Jennifer’s designs), shadow boxes, dog toys and accessories, winter accessories, loungewear, Potter’s Perch pottery, floral creations, bath bombs, gift baskets, ornaments, embroidered towels and baskets, candles, trendy tumblers and glasses, home decor, items for the kids and a section of books from local authors.

“My cousin does pottery and she is from Michigan,” said Jennifer. “Another friend does beach glass art. I wanted Talents to be the nicest products I could find.

“About 90 percent of the people selling items in the store are handpicked. I really wanted a nice mix of talented people. My goal is to make sure all my vendors are happy and successful. I want people to feel ownership.”

In addition to the many vendors selling items at Talents, the location will also spotlight various artists right as you enter the store. The first artist on display is Robert Stella.

Longtime Avon Lake residents will remember him as the owner of the former Stella’s Italian Restaurant in Avon Lake. During the pandemic, he started experimenting with various art media, and now at the age of 88, he spends his retirement expressing himself through paintings with a combination of brush and palette knife techniques.

“We will also spotlight a student artist,” said Jennifer. “Avon Lake High School student Hattie Hobar will have her award-winning sculptures on display.”

Jennifer credits her supportive family for helping Talents become a reality.

“My family has been so supportive,” she said. “My husband calls himself my silent partner and he has been so sweet to set this all up. All of my family have just been so great.

“I really want this little area (Beach Park Station) to be a place where people come to eat and shop. I always refer to this store as ‘Talents;’ I want people to say you can buy this at ‘Talents.’ I want it to roll off people’s tongues so they know this is where they can go to find stuff.

“This area should be hopping now.

“And another reason Brian and I love Beach Park Station is that our first house we lived in as newlyweds was on York Street, which is a very short walk to Beach Park Station. We used to enjoy walking over there to listen to music and dance at a nightclub that used to be there. So many wonderful memories.”

Jennifer is still deciding on the hours of operation for Talents, but notes that it will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information, go to talentsgifts.com, or follow Talents on Facebook. Email address is [email protected].

“Not only is this business in a focus area in our Comprehensive Land Use Plan, but it is in an area being transformed by the demolition and eventual redevelopment of the Avon Lake Power Plant,” Ted Esborn, Avon Lake’s community development director, said in the press release.

“We look forward to Talents being part of that long-term transformation of the city’s west end.”

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