Remaining at Home: Homecare Agencies

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“We love our home and would not want to leave it,” says Morris Finkel of Philadelphia, PA when asked why he and his wife made Friends Life Care at Home part of their retirement plan. “And one of our sons lives nearby so we get to spend time with our grandchildren,” chimes in his wife of 54 years, Miriam.

Morris Finkel is co-proprietor of Finkel and Daughter, a well-known antiques shop on Antiques Row in Philadelphia. Miriam once worked as a social worker and helped out in the antiques shop while raising their three children. She now serves on several non-profit boards, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Jewish Family & Children Services, and Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, where she also served as President. Being a vital part of their community is important to the Finkels.

Most people who enroll in Friends Life Care at Home hope never to need the services. While the Finkels shared this hope, they were not so lucky. Miriam fell on the ice and suffered a nasty break of her elbow. Morris had bypass surgery; his recovery was further complicated by neuropathy that he experiences in his extremities. They were glad they had planned in advance.

“We really didn’t want to burden our children with caring for us,” says Miriam. “This was an important part of our thinking when we joined.”

The Finkels don’t regret this decision. Their OnCall Coordinator from Friends arranged for a home health care worker to help Miriam. She developed a warm friendship with her home health aide.

“I was really pleased with Miriam’s care last year and so knew what to expect when it was my turn,” says Morris. “The OnCall Coordinator took care of all the details.” This included round-the-clock care for Morris during his hospitalization and stay in a rehabilitation facility as well as physical and occupational therapy. “The same two individuals even followed me back to my home and took care of me round-the-clock there.”

When Morris’s care needs decreased, their OnCall Coordinator was fortunate to find that the same home health care worker who had cared for Miriam when she broke her elbow was available to help Morris for the final phase of his recovery.

“I’m not back to work yet, I but hope to return in the next couple of weeks. We cherish our independence and are looking forward to things getting back to normal,” he concludes.

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