Home care company to lay off 257 in Ohio, more than half in southwest Ohio

Opal Hatton, 94, jokes with Elizabeth Barnes from Personal Touch Home Care during a in this 2007 file photo to Hatton’s home in Middletown. STAFF FILE PHOTO
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Opal Hatton, 94, jokes with Elizabeth Barnes from Personal Touch Home Care during a in this 2007 file photo to Hatton’s home in Middletown. STAFF FILE PHOTO

A company with operations in Butler County will lay off 257 people in Ohio, more than half of them in southwest Ohio.

Personal Touch Home Care of Ohio, Inc. informed the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services’ Office of Workforce Development that is terminating operations in Fairfield Twp., Eaton, Independence and Wooster.

That will mean a loss of 131 jobs in Fairfield Twp. and 37 jobs in Eaton.

In a letter received Feb. 14, Personal Touch Home Care company CEO Rob Caione said the company anticipates that all of the separations will occur on April 20 and that the layoffs will be permanent.

Founded in 1974, New York-based Personal-Touch Home Care has more than 35 locations in 10 states with more than 10,000 employees. It provides skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy, medical social work and home health aides and companions.

In addition to these traditional home health services, Personal-Touch has developed specialty programs, including mental health, pediatrics, maternal/child, hospice, rehabilitation, early intervention and early childhood education, dialysis, infusion and others.

Caione has served as the company’s CEO since December 2015.