Peter Becker Community, a non-profit continuing care retirement community, has recently partnered with Home Helpers of Lansdale, the area’s leading home care provider, in a move to enhance choices and meet the changing needs of community members. At Peter Becker Community, residents have the option of transitioning among levels of care, which include residential living, personal care and skilled nursing, as their needs change. The first choice of most seniors, however, is to stay where they currently are, even if they become frail, or face health issues.
That’s why Peter Becker has entered into a preferred provider arrangement with Home Helpers of Lansdale. There is a rapidly growing demand for quality, affordable non-medical assistance for community members, such as support with activities of daily living like bathing, showering and dressing, medication reminders, errands, companionship, light housekeeping or escort services to doctor visits.
According to Kate Roberts, Director of Support Services at Peter Becker, "We needed a high-quality, reliable option for our community members who might need a little extra help now and then. Home Helpers tailors the services to the needs of each individual, and the agency has a stellar reputation in the community. Over the past eight years or so, Home Helpers has exceeded my expectations as a service provider on our campus, and we are very much looking forward to seeing the benefits of this formalized partnership."
"Home Helpers at Peter Becker Community" will have campus presence with staffed office hours. The agency will provide personal care assistance, homemaker services, and companionship to residents in all levels of care, as requested by residents and their families. In addition, campus residents will receive preferential pricing under this arrangement. A concierge caregiver program will be launched in early December to allow campus residents to engage the services of Home Helpers, and schedule shifts as short as 30 minutes, with much needed flexibility.
Finally, as an integral part of this new strategic relationship, Home Helpers is pledging to formalizing and increasing its previous and ongoing commitment to Peter Becker Community’s Benevolent Fund. "Our Benevolent Fund supports residents who, through no fault of their own, have exhausted their financial resources," says Carol Berster, CEO. "The strength of that fund is a critical component of our mission at Peter Becker Community, and we are so pleased to have Home Helpers support it so enthusiastically."
"We are honored to have been selected by Peter Becker Community as the preferred homecare provider on its beautiful campus," says Frank Esterle, Home Helpers’ owner. "We understand the ongoing and often unpredictable challenges facing aging seniors in all care settings, and have structured our agency and invested in resources to meet our customer’s needs. Our mission and goals are clearly aligned with those set forth by the leadership of Peter Becker Community, and we are thrilled with this mutually-beneficial partnership."
Peter Becker Community is a continuing care retirement community in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, serving health care residents, personal care residents and residential living residents. It has been trusted to provide retirement opportunities and care for more than 40 years.
Home Helpers - The Home Helpers office serving Montgomery and Bucks Counties was launched in 2004, and is currently the largest Home Helpers franchisee in the nation. Owned and operated by lifetime local residents, Frank Esterle, Greg Scheck and Tom Krupp, the agency employees over 275 compassionate people who are committed to making their clients’ lives easier.
Ron and Peg Galipeau have a lot to celebrate. Ron's business, House Doctors, has reached its fifth anniversary, and Peg's business, Home Helpers, has reached its 10th anniversary. Additionally, the rapidly growing businesses have moved to 1691 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Suite 3, Glenmoore, in order to provide their clients and employees with a more convenient and easy-to-locate site as well as ample parking.
The Galipeaus are Berks County residents who have been married for over 35 years. They opened their respective businesses in order to enable individuals to stay in their own homes as long as possible.
Home Helpers' thoroughly screened caregivers provide in-home, nonmedical and personal care and companionship for seniors, people coping with a lifelong illness or disability, and those recuperating from a recent surgery or hospitalization. The comprehensive and customized Home Helpers TotalCare Plan enables the business to be proactive, not reactive, offering a flexible, affordable continuum of care that changes as clients' needs change. Care plans are tailored to each person's unique needs, and additional resources are brought in as needed from Home Helpers' extensive network of referral resources.
From occasional visits to respite to hospice care, the team at Home Helpers is with its clients every step of the way, providing guidance, reassurance, and compassionate care. Peg started the Home Helpers franchise out of her care and concern for seniors and new mothers, as well as those who need recuperative and continuing care. As a contractor for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and MH/MR agencies, Home Helpers of Chester Springs and Lancaster follows all county, state, and federal guidelines, including HIPAA, for nonmedical personal care. Home Helpers provides conversation and companionship, personal care, activities for the mind and body, day-to-day events and appointments, and transportation.
"Our caregivers are experienced (and) dependable, and (they are) never subcontractors," Peg said. "We personally take it upon ourselves to thoroughly interview and screen our employees. Each one is bonded, insured, and covered by workers' compensation. This ensures our clients are completely protected."
To offer increased safety and assistance around the clock, Home Helpers offers its exclusive Direct Link emergency monitoring system that provides two-way contact with live dispatchers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
To learn more about the services provided by Home Helpers and about how to receive two free hours of service, readers may call 610-458-7550 or visit www.homehelpersphilly.com.
Ron's House Doctors offers a wider variety of property repair and maintenance services in addition to providing modifications that allow individuals to live independently in their own homes. Modifications offered include grab bars, walk-in showers and baths, and height adjustments for appliances. These enable daily activities like bathing, cooking, and climbing stairs to be performed in a safer manner and enable residents to age safely and to comfortably enjoy independent living in their own homes.
The expert House Doctors employees must pass rigorous background checks before they are bonded and insured. House Doctors offers residential repairs and complete remodels as well as commercial business services.
"I believe that every business property needs regular maintenance and repair," Ron said.
Whether for a single visit or an ongoing maintenance schedule, House Doctors service technicians are all experienced handymen who will arrive on time, prepared to start work immediately. Work completed on a home or business is guaranteed for one year.
Those who need work performed on their homes may call House Doctors at 610-458-7569. For smaller jobs, like plumbing work or installing bath liners in Chester County, a repairman can respond almost immediately. For larger jobs, an appointment will be scheduled for an estimator to take a look at the job and provide a detailed plan and budget for the work. For more information about the business, readers may visitwww.housedoctors.com/chestercounty.
3rd Annual Home Helpers Ruby 5k Run
Raises Money to Help Local Families Battling Cancer!
Every year we take this opportunity to raise money in memory of our colleagues, John Squires and Adam Brown. Both John and Adam were admired and respected by anyone who knew them. They opened their own Home Helpers franchise offices (Media and Drexel Hill respectively) and actively served on many committees to make a difference to families in need. All proceeds raised will be donated to local organizations throughout the Delaware Valley that are dedicated to financially helping cancer patients and their families. The Home Helpers Ruby Run keeps the love of "giving back" to their community alive.
The course: The 5K and 1 mile walk takes you over grassy hills and flat lands througout scenic Rose Tree Park. Each 5k runner is timed and prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in each category (Men, Women, Kids under 18).
There will be a 50/50 and we will be selling raffle tickets for some amazing donated gifts. Local vendors will be supplying food and drinks after the run.
Registered before October 4 and receive a FREE t-shirt (while supplies last)
We know that everyone can't make it to our event, or run a 5k, but we are accepting donations too. Click on the link to make your donation today!
BUXMONT/LEHIGH VALLEY HOME HELPERS EXPANDS POPULAR RAPID RESPONSE PROGRAM
Home Helpers is pleased to announce the expansion of its popular Rapid Response program, designed to consistently meet the care needs of clients and their families in emergency situations. The program was originally launched in Lower and Central Bucks County, Pa., and is now expanding to Upper Bucks County, Pa., and parts of the Lehigh Valley. “The response to this program from the community indicates a real need for it,” explains one of Home Helpers’ owners, Tom Krupp. “And we are looking to expand the program in a controlled way to ensure that wherever this program is in operation, that clients receive the same high-quality care on short-notice. There is a lot that needs to happen behind the scenes to make this program work seamlessly for our clients.”
With Rapid Response, short-notice care needs are generally met within just a few hours of initial inquiry. Home Helpers is the first home care company in the area to offer a Rapid Response program to the community.
“Many times, families find that their loved one is being discharged sooner than expected from the hospital or nursing home without enough support at home, or perhaps a primary caregiver is not able to care for their dependent loved one due to an emergency. Our Rapid Response Program provides top-quality care with very little notice,” says Krupp.
In order to create the best experience possible for clients and staff when a Rapid Response call came in to the office, Home Helpers re-designed its operations and enhanced its culture to address the needs of these particular clients. Changes included investing in a Rapid Response team of specially-trained caregivers hand-picked for their excellent skills and outstanding attitude. Home Helpers’ well-known 24/7 customer service and state-of-the-art technology also enhanced the experience for the nursing or personal care home residents and staff, as well as the private clients, who have taken advantage of the program.
“We’re proud to be the first home care company in our region to be able to offer a Rapid Response Program to our neighbors who need care. Clients can expect a consistent, seamless process intended to help take some of the burden out of a high-stress situation,” Krupp continues.
To take advantage of Home Helpers’ Rapid Response program, or to learn more about Home Helpers service offerings designed to best meet the needs of clients and their families, call (215) 631-9126 and ask for Tom Krupp.
Home Helpers provides in home, non-medical caregiving services to seniors and those suffering from illness or injury throughout Bucks County, Montgomery County, Northeast Philadelphia, and the Lehigh Valley. These services are provided in the home setting, whether that is in a private home, an adult community, or a Personal Care Home or other healthcare setting, allowing our clients to live safely in the comfort of the setting of their choice. For additional information about Home Helpers, call (215) 631-9126 or visit their Web site at www.BuxMontHomeHelpers.com.
ManorCare and Home Helpers Present:
“There’s No Place Like Home”
An “Aging In Place” Guide
for Seniors and their Loved Ones
This informative seminar is ideal for those who would like a greater understanding of the
available community resources designed to help seniors age in place.
Information provided will include:
Non-Medical Home Care
Senior Living Communities
How services work and interact with each other
Sources of Funding/Cost
Tips on finding the help you need
This program will be offered at
Manor Care Yardley, 1480 Oxford Valley Rd., Yardley on:
Tuesday, May 28 from 6:30 – 8pm
Thursday, July 25 from 6:30 – 8 pm
Wednesday, September 25 6:30 – 8 pm
Please RSVP to Tom Krupp at 215-631-9126 or tjkrupp@BuxMontHomeHelpers.com
Direct care workers in the field of dementia often go unrecognized for the exemplary work they do on a day-to-day basis. On May 6th, our very own Amanda Rood, caregiver in the Lehigh Valley area, was awarded the Professional Recognition in Dementia Excellence (PRIDE) Award through the Alzheimer’s Association. Amanda accepted her award at the 2013 Annual Dementia Conference in front of an audience of nearly 300 people, comprised of professional caregivers, family caregivers, medical professionals and those diagnosed with memory impairment.
The PRIDE Award is designed to recognize the significant contributions of direct care workers who provide outstanding service to persons with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These workers display extraordinary acts of love and kindness that enhance and enrich the lives of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Additionally, they bring creativity and understanding to difficult situations.
Lauren Batalka, Area Manager for the Lehigh Valley, had this to say about Amanda: “Amanda is the type of employee who embraces each situation and makes the most out of it. She is always willing to jump right into any situation she encounters, while remaining positive. She listens to the instructions she receives from her supervisors and adapts as care needs change. Amanda goes out of her way to learn about her clients on a personal level. She has always been able to create a successful environment with her clients and families. Her empathetic way with her clients and their family members has demonstrated that she genuinely understands the disease process. I am passionate about the impact that excellent care has on our clients, and for the many reasons cited above, Amanda is very deserving of the “Professional Recognition in Dementia Excellence Award”.
Additionally, a former client had this to say about Amanda: “My 84-year-old mother had Alzheimer’s. She was never a happy person. She rarely smiled or laughed or joked, and does so even more rarely now. But in August and September of 2012, she had a beautiful Home Helper- Amanda. When my mother was with her, there was a light in her eyes I had never seen before. For those two months she was the happiest I have ever seen her. I am grateful for those two months.”
Please join us in congratulating Amanda on winning the 2012-2013 Alzheimer’s Association PRIDE Award.
The Home Helpers Downingtown Office is moving on April 25!
Please update your records! Our new address is 1691 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown, PA 19335
The new location will offer us more space for our staff.
House Doctors will be moving with us, too.
“There is No Place Like Home”
Spend Your Tuesdays with Us!
St Peter Church 2835 Manor Ave West Brandywine, Pa 19320
Interactive and informative discussions with community professionals,
dedicated to providing services to seniors
& supporting the goal of aging at home.
*April 30th Rover Transportation
Transportation to medical appointments, the mall, church, club meetings, to the train station or to visit a friend, all within beautifulChesterCounty. We also provide hassle-free travel toPhiladelphiaand neighboring counties.
* May 7th Association for the Blind
Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ASB) is a premier, non-profit, human services agency that promotes self-esteem, independence and self-determination in individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
* May 14th AseraCare Hospice
Our family-centered approach ensures that the needs and wishes of both our patients and their families are met throughout the hospice experience.
*May 21st House Doctors
Discover Home Safety options with House Doctors. Make aging at home safe and accessible. They specialize in grab bar installation, bathroom remodeling, adaptive and safety equipment.
RSVP to Home Helpers (610) 458-7550
Seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.
Media, PA─April 1st was definitely a day of fun and games at the Rocky Run YMCA for the AOA (Active Older Adults) Club. Marcy Schachinger, Managing Director of Home Helpers Media, hosted this year’s event with games that worked on mobility, coordination and mind stimulation. These games included Toss Across, Cornhole and Apples to Apples board game.
Over 10 seniors showed up ready for fun. “You certainly know how to entertain our seniors,” said Celeste Dunion, Facilitator of Senior Citizen’s Programs. “Our seniors laughed and made enough noise that people passing by in the hallway wanted to know what we were doing. You not only brought the fun games but you participated in playing them with our members too!”
“I figured we’d play a couple games, enjoy some companionship, but what I wasn’t expecting was the level of competitiveness this group had” said Schachinger. “Cornhole was definitely the game of choice.”
Look out kids, this group will be competing at your next backyard picnic or sports event if given the chance!
Home Helpers offers a full-range of non-medical caregiving services for seniors, people coping with a lifelong illness or disability, and those recuperating from a recent surgery or hospitalization. Our services empower our clients to have the best possible life experience given their own personal situation, enabling them to live healthier, happier and more rewarding lives in the privacy, safety and comfort of their own homes.
Home Helpers offices are locally owned and operated by professionals who believe in serving their communities by providing the best personal care services for their clients. For more information, visit HomeHelpersPhilly.com or call the Media office at 610-358-1110.
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging Invites You to Join us for a CAREGIVER SUPPORT “CONVERSATION”
Topic: CAREGIVER EMOTIONAL SURVIVAL
Date: April 18, 2013
Time: 12 noon
Presenter: Dr. Barry J. Jacobs, Director of Behavioral Sciences, Center for
Family Health, Crozer Keystone Health System
The webinar is directed to non-compensated caregivers
Pre-registration is required at www.ltltrainingpa.org and the webinar is limited to the first 200 respondents*
If the webinar is full and you are not able to register, please send your name, email address and phone number to Bonnie Zarlenga at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bonnie at 717-705-8887 to receive information
The webinar link will be provided to you after successful registration
At any time you may ask questions about the PA Caregiver Support Program and services by emailing questions to: email@example.com. If you wish to submit questions during the webinar, please use the chat feature
The presentation may be viewed, after the webinar, by accessing the link provided on the PA Department of Aging website, www.aging.state.pa.us. You may also view the presentation at the Long Term Living Training Institute of Pennsylvania website, www.ltltrainingpa.org
In order to register for the webinar, you must have an LMS account with the Long Term Living Training Institute (LTLTI). You only need to create this account once. Please visit www.ltltrainingpa.org to create the account. You may use this account with your user name and password for future webinars.
After you register for the webinar, the Institute will send you an email confirmation with the link that you may use to view the webinar on 1/24/2013. Please call Diana Linn at 717-541-4214 if you have any questions about registering or LMS.