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Home heath care - When you need it, what do you need and who do you call?

Home Health Care

Carolyn Moore and Elais Ponton

Santa Fe Community Foundation

October 26, 10-11:30am

Santa Fe Community Foundation

Find out how home health care can fit your needs and where Medicare and insurance fits into home health care. Understand how Villages and extended home health care complement one another.

Do you need help at home in order to stay independent? Is your family worried that an elderly parent is lonely or isolated? Could you use some assistance because you’re burned out as the primary caregiver for a family member?

Home health care allows people to maintain a high quality of life, despite advancing age, illness or disability. Home health care gives you the opportunity for a trained caregiver to come into your home a few hours a week, or up to 24/7,to help out with light housekeeping tasks, such as errands, buying groceries, doing laundry, changing linens, tidying up and light meal prep, or companionship.

If more extensive assistance is needed, it could mean having a caring, competent Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) come by every morning and evening to help with personal care, which covers the activities of daily living (ADL). That might include bathing, toileting, grooming, hygiene, dressing, feeding, walking, transferring and positioning, as well as helping you keep track of medication regimens, doctors’ appointments and important events. Or if there’s already a primary caregiver in the family, a trained caregiver can provide relief to allow the primary caregiver some personal time to run errands, recharge and rest. Please come find out how home health care can fit your needs and where Medicare and insurance fits into home health care.

Carolyn Moore, MPA (a Village member) and Elais Ponton, RN, started Nurses With Heart in 2010 after recognizing the need for a very different kind of in-home care in Santa Fe County. Ms. Moore’s experience as Director of Programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, combined with Ms. Ponton’s experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) in hospitals and hospices, offered deep insight into how Nurses With Heart could provide a higher level of home care that was thoughtfully tailored to each client’s individual needs, preferences and lifestyle.

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