Do you ever feel like you are standing in a room with hundreds of people, screaming at the top of your voice, yet nobody is listening to you? I have felt like this for quite a few years now but more especially in the last few weeks since the Covid-19 pandemic. Home care is what I know, it is in my heart, it is in my soul-it is personal to me. The care that our seniors need through the aging process it such important work, work that needs to be stellar and memorable for all the right reasons. I am not just an advocate for our seniors but for their caregivers too.

I firstly want to thank all the health care professionals that get up every day to go to work to keep us all safe and to provide us with the essentials we need to live. You are all heroes and you are very much appreciated. It would be remiss of me as a home care agency owner not to be an advocate and speak up for those that never appear to get the recognition the so rightly deserve. I am speaking about the home care aides, caregivers, care pros, home care assistants, certified nursing assistants, and or health aids to mention but a few. The caregivers who work in the private homes of our seniors or wherever our seniors call home. These groups of individuals deserve much recognition.

 I have observed signs everywhere stating, “Thank you to our First responders, and Health Care professionals”. What I find interesting is the fact that not one sign says, “Thank you to our home care workers” Home care workers are essential workers. When is the home care industry going to be recognized for what it is? Home care is a vital component of our health care. In Illinois currently we have almost 800 small business Home care agencies. Our workforce is massive and growing rapidly as we try to keep up with the demands of the “bursting at the seams” baby boomer generation. Now more so than ever I have witnessed home care agencies raise the bar delivering the vital and necessary care to keep our seniors at home safely and out of the hospitals.

 Although home care is licensed by the department of health under the terms “non-medical “Home care is rapidly becoming an extension of the skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities and hospitals. We deliver the care needed in home on a one-to-one basis. So often caregivers become as close family and maybe the only visitor seniors see day to day. Home care companions in this current Covid-19 pandemic are most definitely some of our unsung heroes.

In the last few weeks, we have received many urgent calls from desperate family members inquiring about home care in order to move their loved one out of a facility. The journey for families considering placing loved ones in a community or facility is very challenging and stressful to begin with, only exacerbated in the reverse because of the Covid-19 pandemic. I believe in education and community. I believe in the value of community resources. Furthermore, I believe that there is no place like home-home is where the heart is. Most especially I believe that you need to surround yourself with the people that can assist you in your time of need.

 For all of the reasons mentioned above I invite you to a four part series free webinar, each Thursday evening in June from 7 -8.30pm .These webinars will identify the community resources available to you, and give you an opportunity to ask the experts in the home health, home care , hospital, and senior communities spaces the burning questions that u Have .

•  June 4th (7-8.30pm) The value of home care,
•  June 11th (7-8.30 pm) The differences between home health, home care, and home placement.
•  June 18th (7 – 8.30 pm) How do I pay for home care or senior living and what free resources are available to me?
•  June 25th ( 7 – 8.30 pm ) What is case management and what happens upon discharge from the hospital, my rights, and my options for home care and home health, hospice, and palliative care.

Education is the most powerful weapon, especially during a pandemic. Please email information@aishlingcare.com or call us on 708 361 7845 ext 105 to register for this free information webinar series. Stay safe and stay home!