Phil DeMarais was a loving father, great-grandpa and sports enthusiast. He was an independent man who was able to care for himself and live independently in his own home most of his life. But Phil got to a point where his health was deteriorating, and he needed assistance with daily activities. He was admitted to a local nursing home in July 2011.
Phil had a strong desire to return home. One day he said to his son, “You’re taking me home, now.”
Phil’s son, Bob, wanted to comply with his dad’s wishes, but he knew his dad couldn’t go home without assistance. Bob contacted Good Samaritan Society – Services@Home of Sioux Falls. A care coordinator from the agency visited with Bob and Phil. The next day, they took Phil home.
“It was incredible how they were able to get everything set-up so quickly,” said Bob.
Services@Home is an example of the kind of services that are becoming more and more common in the field of senior care. Everybody has different needs, wants, expectations and ways of doing things. Services nowadays need to cater to the changing wishes and desires of their clients, and schedules need to be flexible. Services@Home, for instance, can be provided anywhere from one hour to around the clock.
With the assistance of the Services@Home, Phil was able to remain in his home until he passed away in October 2011.
Services@Home is a non-medical home care service that offers assistance with housekeeping, laundry, personal care, meal preparation, transportation and much more. Staff members provide services to clients wherever they call home. They respect clients’ homes and lifestyles, and service plans are tailored to meet each client’s unique needs.
“He would not have been able to go home if it were not for (Services@Home),” says Bob. “The staff became part of Dad’s family and he quickly adapted to them. Or maybe they quickly adapted to him and his ways.”
As an adult child or someone in need of services, it’s tough to know all the options, or even what to ask for. If you or a loved one is in a similar situation as Bob and Phil, I would recommend looking in your phone directory for home care, searching Google for home care plus the name of your city, or asking local nursing home staff members such as discharge planners, social workers and case managers for their recommendations. Local senior centers usually have information on services and agencies as well.
Bob’s advice for families in situations similar to his is to take advantage of new services that are available.
“I had no idea that this was even an option,” says Bob. “This service blew away my expectations. The staff was fantastic. What a great team Good Samaritan has put together. I am so thankful for all the support and assistance my family received.”
If you would like to learn more about Services@Home, feel free to contact me. Or if you have questions about any other senior care service, or you’re not sure what you need, click here.
By Gabrielle Hoing