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Home Care Services to the Rescue
Esther insisted she live in her own home. “I’ve been here for 65 years,” the 90-year-old replied, every time her family suggested she consider a different living situation. “I’m not leaving my home now,” she said. So the family sought home-health services.
This is called “aging in place,” and more and more seniors are opting for this. Fact is, we all know people like Esther. Stubborn or not, where they chose to live is their decision.
Fortunately, Esther’s family found The Lutheran Care Network. TLCN had just the help they needed. The organization sent a home-care team to evaluate the family’s needs, and determined that Esther would be best managed with round-the-clock home-health aides and nurses.
Today, Esther is 96, and is doing well. She’s content living in her own home, where she proudly reminds everyone, “I’ve been for 71 years.” While the house has aged, Esther’s memories are very youthful. These memories keep her young at heart.
Home health is just one of the programs run by WLS. The organization brings health, hope and healing to seniors everyday in its assisted living centers, nursing homes, independent living complexes and low-income housing, from Long Island to Albany.
Good Samaritan’s Care Goes Beyond the Ordinary
When Sara Knapp landed in Good Samaritan Village in Delmar, N.Y., right outside Albany, after a car accident last winter, she had a lot of trepidation. She didn’t like the stigma of having to go to a nursing home, but she wasn’t able to care for herself just yet.
She required a lot of physical and occupational therapy since one leg and one arm were broken in the accident. It was hard to move Sara, since her legs were paralyzed by polio when she was young. She required gently lifting and care when moving her in and out of bed, bathing her and getting her dressed.
But soon Ms. Knapp’s fears were allayed when she realized that Good Samaritan, or Good Sam as the staff calls it, would provide just the care that she needed. “I remember thinking, ‘maybe this won’t be so bad after all,” wrote Sara in a two-page letter to Keith Henchey, Good Sam’s executive director.
In the letter, Ms. Knapp praised almost a dozen Good Sam employees by name, saying that they were welcoming, caring, friendly, gentle and kind when helping her with daily activities. “I know I wasn’t easy to care for,” she wrote.
“Many things I praise in one employee often applies to others, but this letter can’t go on forever.”
Henchey receives letters like this weekly, from patients attributing their success and healing to Good Sam’s brand of care.
Today, she is home and doing well once again, thanks to the care she received at Good Sam.
Lutheran Care Center Gets Patient Home Quickly
Charles Barone didn’t want to give up his independence and his home in Lagrange, N.Y., outside Poughkeepsie.
Yet, a broken hip from a fall last year, landed him in Lutheran Care Center at Concord Village in Poughkeepsie. From the start, the goal of the physical therapy team was to get Mr. Barone mobile enough so he could return home to his wife, Josephine.
Both in their 80s, the Barones’ son, Charles, lives overseas. It was hard to manage his dad’s care while out of the country, but Lutheran Health Care Center did all it could to make communication easy for him.
He called the care his father got at the Center, “outstanding.”
Once Mr. Barone went home, he had help from a local home health-care agency. Today, he is thriving.
Stories like Mr. Barone’s aren’t unique at Lutheran Care Center.