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Home Care In Grafton, OH

Home Care Grafton, 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 Old Grafton Quarry 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 Grafton, 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.


“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

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

Linda G.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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!!”



Kelly B.

“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.”

Becky G.

“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.

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

Kevon P.

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

Elina S.

“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.

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

Kevon P.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“The staff there are very knowledgeable and kind”

Jaime F.

“care taken in matching aides to clients”

Christi B.

“Great place and good people”

Bonnie D.

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


“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.”


“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.”


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

Michael D.

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


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.


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


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.


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 Grafton, 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 Reservoir 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

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 Don Mexcal or visit Nichols Aldrich Cemetery, 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 Grafton, 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 Grafton, 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 Grafton, 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:

  • Grafton Oaks Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
  • Always Best Care Senior Services
  • Wesleyan Village
  • Beulahland Assisted Living
  • My New Villa
  • Rosewood Center
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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


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


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


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 Grafton, 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 Grafton, OH

Grafton's Angels Haven Horse Rescue gives abused, neglected horses a second chance

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GRAFTON, Ohio — Angels Haven Horse Rescue in Grafton has been giving abused and neglected horses in Northeast Ohio a second lease on life since 2006.

President Heidi Sandrev told News 5 that her agency has saved dozens of horses over the past 17 years, with its more than 120 volunteers helping horses recover from a wide variety of physical and mental issues.

“We’ve seen where they are emaciated, where they’re not being properly fed or not fed at all," Sandrev said. “We’ve seen a lot of abuse cases; a lot of times, they will come in with trust issues.

Sandrev said current Ohio law makes it difficult for the Animal Protective League or any other agency to take a neglected horse from an irresponsible owner, and she believes today's economy and inflation are one reason why more horses are falling into distress.

“It’s a huge issue, in the State of Ohio, horses are looked at as livestock, so there is nothing you can do unless you can see that a horse is deceased on a property," Sandrev said. "The cost of care for a horse is about $350 a month per horse and that does not include your vet bills. So that’s why we’re big proponents as our secondary mission of educating the public on rehabilitation, rescue and horse care because we want people to understand not only the cost that goes into owning a horse but also the responsibilities that come along with it.”

Sandrev told News 5 that some of the rescued horses get adopted by good local families, or they can be cared for by families through the Angels Haven Horse Rescue leasing program.

Carly Edmonds and her family adopted Deuces Wild, a rescued horse who was found abandoned on an Ohio farm.

“They were abandoned on a breeding farm and kind of left to fend for themselves, he was malnourished, he had worms, he had all kinds of skin diseases," Edmonds said. “All the good work I’ve seen happen, it’s been amazing. It really changed my life, I’m 20 and I got my little baby horse.”

Dana Bell, who is a mother of five children, is another Angels Haven Horse Rescue success story. Bell told News 5 that she has all her children involved with the horse rescue, leasing multiple horses and putting in volunteer time. Bell said the agency is teaching her children valuable life lessons like responsibility, teamwork, reliability and compassion.

“It’s very emotional and my kids get very emotional talking about the rescue stories of these animals," Bell said. “And the idea that somebody could so callously and cruelly mistreat these animals, it breaks their hearts. But this is hugely important, this is my families happy place, so we are out here 3 days a week."

Sandrev told News 5 that the horse rescue also works with a wide variety of community agencies, giving the horses public exposure that helps adults, children and recovering horses.

“It takes a significant amount of time and a lot of slow working with them, as well as tender loving care, to make sure they know they’re in [a] safe spot,” Sandrev said. “We work with agencies like Positive Education Children, Youth Outdoors; we do community service work with people that might be troubled and need some type of assistance, we do things with autism and PTSD."

Sandrev said anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer, member, or donor can get involved with Angels Haven Horse Rescue through its webpage or through a visit or phone call.

Finally, Sandrev said it is crucial for residents to not be afraid to report suspected horse abuse or neglect.

“If you see something, say something and we certainly would be more than willing to make the right things happen to make sure it’s assessed and investigated," Sandrev said. "I just think that they deserve to have the chance to have a quality of life, just like any animal or any person, so definitely I think Ohio laws need to be changed.”

Matt Harlan of Chatty's Pizzeria to Open Chatty's Tavern in Grafton

Two years ago this month, Matt and Melanie Harlan opened Chatty's Pizzeria (28611 Lake Rd., 440-471-4485) in Bay Village. The family-friendly restaurant serves hearty, approachable Italian foods like salad, pizza, sandwiches and dessert. To say that Chatty’s has been well received by the community since opening is an understatement.“Things are going great,” says Matt. “We just signed a 15-year extension over there.”When ...

Two years ago this month, Matt and Melanie Harlan opened Chatty's Pizzeria (28611 Lake Rd., 440-471-4485) in Bay Village. The family-friendly restaurant serves hearty, approachable Italian foods like salad, pizza, sandwiches and dessert. To say that Chatty’s has been well received by the community since opening is an understatement.

“Things are going great,” says Matt. “We just signed a 15-year extension over there.”

When Harlan heard of a property for sale in Grafton Township, he and his wife decided to make the 40-minute drive south to check it out.

“We said, let’s go look at it as an opportunity and not as a need,” adds Matt. “We came in here and you could completely visualize the restaurant. It’s done perfectly. Other than adding a few cosmetic touches of our own, it’s really a turn-key operation.”

For eight years, the property was home to the Jailhouse Taverne, a popular eatery that closed following a long, contentious battle with the Township over outdoor live music. The previous owner invested a ton of money to rebuild the tavern after a fire destroyed the building in 2013.

Harlan plans to open Chatty’s Tavern, serving what he calls “standard tavern fare” with burgers, wings, sandwiches, entrees and, of course, pizza. In addition to that great “Grandma-style” pie that he serves in Bay Village, Harlan will add starters like hanky pankies, pork cracklings and smoked trout dip; sandwiches such as reubens, patty melts and Philly cheesesteaks; and entrees like fish and chips, chicken pot pie, grilled pork chops and a steak.

Despite its modest appearance from the street, the tavern seats 96 in the dining room, 20 at the bar, and another 72 on the large deck. What’s more, the building sits on a 3.5-acre parcel flush with mature trees and open seating areas that will be ideal for special seasonal events like pig roasts, lamb roasts and clam bakes.

Look for Chatty’s Tavern to open this spring.

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Two men rescued after falling from Grafton grain elevator

The men were taken to two area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.GRAFTON, Ohio — Two Centerra employees were rescued on Friday after falling approximately 10-12 feet while inside of a grain elevator in Grafton.The call initially came in to the Grafton Fire Department in Lorain County at around 9:30 a.m. Two hours later, both of the men had been transported to area hospitals for treatment."This is actually the first time we've been here for this type of rescue," Grafton Fire Chief Glen Thompson sai...

The men were taken to two area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

GRAFTON, Ohio — Two Centerra employees were rescued on Friday after falling approximately 10-12 feet while inside of a grain elevator in Grafton.

The call initially came in to the Grafton Fire Department in Lorain County at around 9:30 a.m. Two hours later, both of the men had been transported to area hospitals for treatment.

"This is actually the first time we've been here for this type of rescue," Grafton Fire Chief Glen Thompson said. "We've had others out in the yard where people have been hit by tractors or truck, or run over their own foot."

A spokesperson for Centerra told 3News: "From everyone at Centerra, we want to express our thanks that the 2 people involved in the accident at our Grafton grain location are safe. We are especially grateful for the very prompt and trained response of our area fire departments. We are investigating the equipment malfunction that caused this accident. On behalf the employees and families of Centerra, we are thankful for the prayers and thoughts of people in the community who have reached out to us."

When the men fell, they were between the second and third floors in a grain storage structure at the receiving facility for Lorain County, which takes in and transports wheat, beans and corn. Farmers utilized the one of several sites in the county to dump their harvests, and those grains are transported out on rail cars that are on standby.

The men were operating as they normally would, according to officials, when they slipped from their platforms.

"It was a work area that they actually fell into," Thompson said. "They were both going up the bucket elevator on two separated rungs, and apparently the bucket hit some ice and slipped and caused it to jump and both of them fell backwards off it it."

For those not familiar with what a bucket elevator looks like, the Chief agreed that it can be described as a 2x4 piece of wood that people stand on, which moves up and down on an conveyor belt.

"It's an approved elevator," Thompson said. "They have it inspected and serviced as a man lift a couple of times each year."

The first patient was able to come down a ladder inside of the structure himself, and was transported by Life Care to University Hospitals Elyria.

The second patient was more difficult to get out, and it took about about two hours from the time the fire department received the call to the time the second person was freed.

That person was taken to MetroHealth, after having been sedated for serious back pain while the rescue was underway.

2 injured after fall at Grafton grain elevator

GRAFTON — Two workers were hurt Friday morning in an apparent ice-related elevator mishap at the Centerra Co-op grain elevator in Grafton.Firefighters were called about 9:30 a.m. Friday for one male who had fallen in the grain elevator, Grafton Fire Chief Glen Thompson said. When they arrived, firefighters learned there were two people who had fallen.The incident did not occur in the silos where grains are stored, but in a separate work area in the structure that includes a bucket elevator. Sometimes known as grain legs, ...

GRAFTON — Two workers were hurt Friday morning in an apparent ice-related elevator mishap at the Centerra Co-op grain elevator in Grafton.

Firefighters were called about 9:30 a.m. Friday for one male who had fallen in the grain elevator, Grafton Fire Chief Glen Thompson said. When they arrived, firefighters learned there were two people who had fallen.

The incident did not occur in the silos where grains are stored, but in a separate work area in the structure that includes a bucket elevator. Sometimes known as grain legs, bucket elevators are used for moving people or bulk materials vertically.

Thompson said both workers were going up the bucket elevator on two separate rungs.

“Apparently the elevator hit some ice and slipped and caused it to jump, and both of them fell backward off of it,” Thompson said.

Because the fall occurred in such a small space, the Lorain County Technical Rescue Response Team was called to assist with removing the patients. It was estimated the workers fell 15 to 20 feet.

“The first patient was actually able to come down the ladder himself. They have a mounted steel ladder inside the structure,” Thompson said. “He came down approximately three floors under his own power and was transported by LifeCare to UH Elyria.”

A helicopter was requested for the second patient because it was expected to be a long extrication process, he said. The helicopter was not flying Friday because of weather conditions, but a ground unit responded instead.

Responders were able to lower a pain management package to the second patient, and Thompson said it was about two hours from the time firefighters were called until both patients had been transported from the scene.

The second patient was taken directly to a hospital in Cleveland. Thompson said he was sedated because of serious back pain.

Located on Mechanic Street south of downtown Grafton, the Centerra Co-op site is a receiving facility for part of Lorain County, Thompson said. Wheat, beans and corn are stored there.

“They’re always transporting grain in and out,” he said. “The farmers will actually dump here or other mills around the county, and they’ve always got intermodal containers and sometimes up to 20 rail cars on site where they’re actually transporting grain out.”

Thompson said the bucket elevator is an approved elevator that is inspected and serviced a couple of times per year. The incident Friday was the first time Grafton firefighters have had to perform that type of rescue at the facility.

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Centerra farming cooperative in Grafton continues to flourish, managers say

A farming cooperative in Grafton continues to flourish as farming remains an important part of the area.Centerra Co-op has a location in Grafton at 717 Erie St., as well as many other areas, according to manager Mindy Rush.The agricultural cooperative is owned by the farmers who use it, Rush said.Over the years, Centerra has seen several mergers with Landmark Agri...

A farming cooperative in Grafton continues to flourish as farming remains an important part of the area.

Centerra Co-op has a location in Grafton at 717 Erie St., as well as many other areas, according to manager Mindy Rush.

The agricultural cooperative is owned by the farmers who use it, Rush said.

Over the years, Centerra has seen several mergers with Landmark Agricultural Cooperative and Town and Country Cooperative, said Rush and assistant manager John Mole.

The latest merger resulted in Centerra in 2018, Rush said.

The change had its initial bumps in the road as the co-op officials struggled to agree on a name and logo, she said.

Eventually, an agreement was reached and the signs announcing the co-op’s new name were erected on each store, Rush said.

“They put a lot of thought into our logo and its meaning,” she said. “Centerra means center of the earth.”

The cooperative is headquartered in Ashland, Ohio, but has stores as far east as Pennsylvania and south to Mansfield, Rush said.

The company’s website boasts other stores in Loudonville, Smithville, Sullivan, Andover, Jefferson, Middlefield, Wayne Township and Slippery Rock, the information stated.

In addition to the retail store in Grafton, the co-op has a grain mill in town where farmers deliver their grain and it is processed, Rush said.

The co-op offers a variety of feeds from small amounts to bulk for most animals including farm animals and even zoo animals, she said.

While Centerra carries several brands of feed, it also offers its own line of feed in partnership with Purina, Rush said.

Additionally, the store offers supplies for animals and farm-related work as well as live birds at times.

Providing farmers with seed to plant their fields is a large part of the operation, Rush said.

Centerra provides fertilizer and supplements for the fields as well, she said.

Rush, a LaGrange native, said she has worked for the company on and off since she was in high school.

After staying home to raise her family for a few years, Rush said she was happy to accept a managerial position with the company.

“I’ve always wanted to manage this store,” she said.

Growing up, Rush raised her own farm animals as part of a 4-H program which gave her an advantage as she began working at the store.

Rush said she enjoys visiting with customers and talking to them about their farms and animals.

Managing employees, Rush said, has been a challenge for her, but she’s getting the knack of it.

“We hire a lot of young people, but they definitely evolve with the company,” she said.

Many of the people who apply for the job at Centerra, though, already have a background in farming or raising animals which is helpful.

Others move on to obtain degrees in various agriculture-related fields, Rush said.

Regardless, even with no experience on a farm, the inexperienced employees soon learn as they work with the customers and gain knowledge about the company’s products, Rush said.

“I learn something new here every day,” she said.

Mole said he started coming to the store as a child.

“I remember coming here as a kid,” said Mole, who’s worked for the company for about three years.

Mole, who grew up on a dairy farm, recalled a time when he was running errands after church with his mother and ended up getting lost.

“I ended up in the (Centerra) store and the staff was very nice and they helped me get reunited with my mom,” he said with a laugh.

In addition to the farming services and products, Centerra offers its patrons a scholarship program, according to the company’s website.

“Centerra Co-op Inc. will award $1,500 scholarships to our patron’s dependents to work on their baccalaureate, associate or technical degree as a full-time student in an ag-related field,” the website states. “This program has been established to assist agricultural producers who support the cooperative.”

The company also employs nutritional experts who advise its customers about the best way to feed their animals, according to the website.

For more information about the co-op, visit


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