The Cambridge expands into in-home care
Creating a home-care option for senior citizens in Quincy seemed like a natural fit for The Cambridge Assisted Living Facility, a 15-year veteran when it comes to caring for the local elderly population.
About 14 months ago, Central Columbia Senior Living, the nonprofit agency that oversees The Cambridge, created the Quincy Home Care Agency.
The need for such a service, which provides in-home care for the elderly who need a little extra help, became apparent because many Quincy residents already receiving these services had to hire from agencies in other towns, said Linzi Michel, manager of The Cambridge.
In fact, the long commutes for caregivers created a bit of a challenge for some, she said. With professional caregivers already employed at The Cambridge, caregivers will have an easier time providing care here in town, she said.
And, with some minor adjustments in scheduling, home-care clients are matched with the right caregiver, Michel said.
“There has been a change of what Quincy needs,” Michel said. “Being a licensed, home care agency gave us the ability to take our caregivers here and send them out to do home care.”
Paul Slager, president of the board of Central Columbia Senior Living, believes the Quincy Home Care Agency provides an essential local service.
“It’s a service issue for us,” Slager said. “We felt it was something that was necessary.”
The Cambridge has the staff, experience and the expertise to follow through, he added.
“I am very pleased so far,” Slager said. “We are providing very broad-based services.”
“(The Quincy Home Care Agency) offers another venue of employment for people in Quincy as well,” added Michel. “We expanded our service base, which gave us one more thing we could do for seniors.”
Formed 14 months ago, the Quincy Home Care Agency so far has a handful of clients. As word gets out about the services available, Michel hopes the new business will expand. Quincy Home Care Agency already is receiving many inquiries about its services, she added.
The main goal of Quincy Home Care is to help the elderly stay in their homes if at all possible. If they do need assistance then the same staff from The Cambridge will come out to their homes to provide any service they may need.
There is a benefit to using caregivers from The Cambridge, Michel said. If the home care client needs to come to live in The Cambridge at some point, they already will be familiar with their caregivers, thus allowing for a smoother transition overall for the client and their family, she said.
Caregivers can perform a variety of tasks that would appeal to seniors with different needs, Michel said. A homemaker can come and clean a client’s home. A companion can be requested to come and sit a while with a loved one or even call them at the family’s request. Or, if a client needs a little help with personal care, they can do that as well. Services run the gamutd, all the way from respite care to doing chores, daily shifts or even live-in situations.
“People see what The Cambridge can do,” Michel said. “Caregivers get trained here. I can see them doing their tasks here. I can evaluate their care-giving abilities and match them with a client.”
Quincy Home Care Agency does not have a contract with Medicaid; it is private pay. Costs range from $18 to $20 an hour for most services.
— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor