Navigating the Maze of Getting Nursing Services

August 26, 2021
By Kim Shoaf, Council staff

The cover of the booklet called A Guide to Nursing Services in Ohio including a collection of pictures of people receiving services from healthcare providers.Imagine being a parent and finding out that your child has a permanent disability and complex medical needs. The disability may have happened at birth. Or the result of an accident. Or the aftereffects of an unexpected illness. You want what’s best for your child, but you know you will need extra support to ensure that happens.

Your doctor provides you with a physicans order stating that your child requires a skilled nursing level of care. The doctor tells you this can be done by an RN or LPN who provides homecare services. You have the order in hand, but no clue what to do or where to go to find this type of help. What are the options? Where do you start? Most families end up stressed, aggravated and feel defeated. 

Thankfully, a new guide was recently released that helps Ohio families find home care nursing services. The guide covers options for nursing services, including private health insurance, Ohio Medicaid and Medicaid waivers, and more. It provides explanations of complex terms and systems, information on what families need to know about different ways to get and pay for nursing services, and resources with more details, including how to apply. A Spanish version of this booklet will be available soon.
The Guide to Nursing Services in Ohio was created by members of the Ohio Nursing Collaborative, with families in the lead. The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is a part of the Collaborative and participated in this project with the hope that this new resource is shared with people who need nursing support at home and with their families or caregivers.
Check out the new guide: A Guide to Nursing Services in Ohio
Questions? Contact the Ohio Family to Family Health Information Center by phone at 844-644-6323 or email at