By Eric Thomas
According to a senior care website, our current population of senior citizens, aged 65 and older, is above 52 million (more than the population of 25 states combined). As our population ages, more services are being created toward the care of our senior loved ones. Growing up I can remember the answer for taking care of the aging population seemed to be a nursing facility. Today, more assisted living facilities and in-home care organizations have been created, giving us more of a choice. Home Instead Senior Care is one such service.
Home Instead is an organization that was started in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, and now has 1,000 franchises nationwide and some in foreign countries. The local franchise was established in March of 2004. Their purpose is to help seniors remain in their home in lieu of having to move into a long-range nursing facility, they do so by providing non-medical services and care in the home. An initial assessment is done to evaluate the needs of the individual and how best their staff can assist you in the care of your loved one.
One of their local dedicated employees is Cody Walker. Walker is the business development coordinator. In addition to the duties in this position, he also assists in other areas as needed and serves as a caregiver. All their caregivers are drug tested and are bonded and certified, and are available up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Home Instead takes great care in matching the person with the qualified caregiver.
Caregivers go into the home and help the client with non-medical needs such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care, running errands, and transporting to appointments, grocery shopping or other places. “Our goal is to help people remain at home as long as they can,” stated Walker. Home Instead also provides their clientele access to many senior care resources. By providing access to these resources they help their clients and their families lives become a little less stressful, a little bit more manageable and a little easier. “The most rewarding part of my job is knowing when a client has peace of mind that Home Instead is always there for them when they need it,” remarked Walker.
Home Instead does not accept Medicare or Medicaid but does work with a variety of insurances, as well as the Veterans Health Administration. To be a caregiver, you do not need previous care experience. The staff, headed by vice president and program director of operations Gina Hayes, will thoroughly train people to fulfill the duties so they can help the client and their families have the best experience possible. At present, they employ 115 people. They also receive ongoing training. If the time comes to have hospice care involved, Home Instead can provide that extra support in addition to the hospice caregiver, allowing families to be the loving son, daughter, or grandchild they need to be at that time.
Our local franchise of Home Instead covers communities in 13 different counties in the central Illinois area and serves 101 clients presently. Those counties include Morgan, Scott, Cass, Brown, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery, Bond, Calhoun, Christian, Schuyler and Will. To schedule a no obligation in-home assessment and discuss your needs, please call (877) 790-7345. Further information can be obtained through their website at www.homeinstead.com/545.