The Ohio State University at Lima

Focusing on the dream

Danica Basinger

Spring semester was different in so many ways for Ohio State Lima students. The activities of a busy campus took on a much more homey feel, in a very literal way. Virtual classes, Zoom meetings, stay-at-home orders.

Junior Danica Basinger experienced all those things, but the most important parts of her educational journey proceeded exactly as planned. With every step, her dream comes a little closer.

Her end goal is to develop and run a memory care facility for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Step one is to earn her bachelor’s degree in business management. Step two is a master’s in healthcare administration.

“Ever since my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when I was in high school, I have dedicated my life to bettering the lives of the patients and family members who have fallen victim to this horrific disease,” Basinger said.

She has worked and volunteered for a variety of facilities over the last several years. Everything she is learning, in the classroom and the workplace, will help her one day.

“I hope to use the knowledge and experiences from my time in the facilities to create an environment specifically designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of memory loss patients.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Basinger has continued to work for Home Instead in Putnam County as an in-home caregiver for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Continuing to work with her patients has helped her as much as them.

“I think it's important for everyone to find something that makes them feel useful and active during this time in order to keep spirits up,” Basinger said.