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Home Care Winter Challenges

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Another stretch of cold weather is in the forecast.

Those bitter cold temperatures can make life hard for many of us-- especially the elderly.

And that's where services designed for the elderly and disabled can be so important.

Bonnie Campo takes us to two service providers to find out how they help - even in the dead of winter.

This winter continues to be wet, windy, and record-reaching cold, but Andrea Lang says that doesn't stop the county department she works for from providing care to those in need.

"We are a human and community based services, so we work with individuals within their home, to try and keep them in their home as opposed to going to a higher need facility such as a nursing home."

The individual has to be open the services so that a social worker can better serve their needs. That means asking a variety of questions.

"We talk about, how is your appetite? How have you been sleeping? We look into their mood. Are you depressed? Do you get regular medical attention? And then there are certain things we have to look into as well."

Once clients have been assessed they are then matched and transferred to a provider who handles everything from household chores to hair brushing, and when the weather worsens more people are asking for more help.

"We do a lot of home-making, light house keeping, lots of things, personal care. But, this year, especially with the weather being so slippery and so cold, some of the elderly that go to the stores them self, or with friends or family have us go."

Then the process starts over to make sure services are being offered and met.

"We're in the home every six months to do another assessment to make sure their needs are still the same. If their not the same, what do we need to do differently so that person gets the help they need."

For KXnews, I'm Bonnie Campo.

To inquire about home health services through Ward County Social Services, call 857-6499.

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