Going Beyond Typical Home Healthcare
According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services research, more than 50 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. While family may be the main source of eldercare and coordination of services for many, there are those who do not have the option of loved ones taking care of their needs.
This was the case for Mrs. B, who was living in a townhouse in Northern Virginia that contained many flights of stairs. Not only was she losing mobility and experiencing several falls, but she had started showing signs of early dementia.
Although Mrs. B made the move to a nearby independent living senior apartment community that offered her a safer environment, her health and abilities continued to decline. When everyday activities became difficult, it was evident she needed additional services to maintain her independence.
It was HomeWell Senior Care that was called to help Mrs. B. Marc Lieberman, one of the principles in the home care agency, said, “Our care manager assessment discovered that she needed assistance with nearly every aspect of daily living.”
The level of care management and services that Mrs. B now receives goes beyond what most would consider typical home care. With her home being unoccupied since her move to the community, HomeWell has helped coordinate cleanup and maintenance of the property.
Even when it was recently suggested that Mrs. B move to a home that could offer assisted or nursing care, she has chosen to remain at the community with the in homecare she has been provided. “We discussed this with her, but she is happy where she is and does not want to move,” said Lieberman, who even confirmed with Adult Protective Services that it was a sound decision.
Since the home health agency came into her life, those around Mrs. B have seen improvements in her demeanor and her overall acceptance of needing additional support to remain independent. Especially significant has been the strong bond between Mrs. B and her caregiver of nearly two years, Kate Brown.
While Kate shares that her work can sometimes be challenging, she said of Mrs. B, “I love her like my own family.” And for an individual who was without family in a time of need, these words have a truly special meaning.