When you invite someone into your home to care for a family member, you want to know that your loved one will be shown respect and kindness. If Sandra Drew is your caregiver, you have the ultimate peace of mind. Drew has been with ElderServe since 2010, and her clients rave about her.
Take Mary, who is 104. Drew, who was once in a wheelchair for a year after a car accident many years ago, understands the healing power of touch and embraces the personal care aspects of caregiving, such as rubbing lotion on Mary’s feet. “This makes me feel like a new person!” Mary tells Drew.
“Drew is one in a million,” Mary’s daughter, Helen Brown says, adding that Drew has cared for her mother for two years. “she is a blessing for my mom, and really for my whole family. I think the world of her.” Clients “get my best when I am there,” Drew says. “They deserve this respect!”
Drew is just one of many caregivers who provided more than 51,000 hours of nonmedical home care in the 2016-17 fiscal year. Nearly half of ElderServe’s caregivers have been with the organization for five or more years, which fosters relationships and provides clients and their families with consistency.
“Our caregivers also receive ongoing training, exceeding state minimum requirements, ” says Ronnie Gilbert, HomeCare’s operations manager. “More importantly, our HomeCare program operates in conjunction with our free programming, such as Care Management, TeleCare, Friendly Visitors and more.”
By 2030, the potential caregiver ration per older adult is expected to drop from 7:1 to below 4:1. The strain on family caregivers is real, affecting physical and mental health, as well as attendance and productivity at work.
If you or a family member are caring for a loved one and need assistance, know that you are not alone.
ElderServe’s HomeCare program can help with personal grooming, light housekeeping, and meal preparation. ElderServe accepts private pay, VA, and KIPDA clients. To learn more, call 502.583.8012 or visit our HomeCare page.