Volume LVIIMay 2010Number 2

Home Care Services Fulfill Great Need

In response to resident requests, last May, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown launched its Home Care Services program, which provides residents assistance with daily living in the comfort of their homes. Homemakers provide care based on a plan tailored for each individual by a registered nurse.

Prior to Masonic Village offering these services, residents could hire outside home care agencies. Due to the convenience of Masonic Village's program and staff's understanding of our continuum of care, in addition to those who have newly elected this option, a number of residents switched from outside agencies to Masonic Village Home Care Services.

"The program has been extremely successful," Mike Hudson, home care manager, said. "The residents are very happy with our services because of the ongoing variety of needs we are meeting on the campus and our terrific staff. They are some of the most caring, loving people."

While some request services such as bathing, dressing and cooking that allow them to stay independent, others request assistance with shopping, laundry and escorting them to appointments. Staff also help with miscellaneous jobs such as cleaning or assisting with e-mails.

Homemakers are hired by the hour, which means they do more than complete a task and leave. They provide whatever work and assistance an individual needs within the time allotted, up to 24-hour care. For example, homemakers may help residents complete a prescribed exercise program, provide basic post surgical or procedural assistance, or assist with diabetes monitoring, among other services.

Home care services can even be utilized for convenience tasks such as gardening, car maintenance and spring cleaning.

For more information about how you or a loved one residing at the Masonic Village can benefit from home care services, please call (717) 367-1121, ext. 33700.

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