Message from the President
Greetings friend, and welcome to the March Comfort Connection!
Lately we’ve been talking a lot about our "new" Share Your Care initiative at Comforts of Home – Care. In some ways, it's new, and in other ways, it goes way back. Let me explain.
Back in 2004, I worked as a social worker in a personal care home. My job description included visiting one resident a week to determine a possible new care plan.
I entered the room of one resident who was parked in her wheelchair, facing the window. The room was so still and so quiet. She didn’t respond when I said hello; she just looked at me with a vacant stare.
I looked around for something, anything that could give me a clue to help me fill out her report. There on the bulletin board was a solitary Christmas card.
I took her hand in my hand, and what happened next surprised me. She grasped my hand so tightly that she wouldn’t let go. Her eyes connected with mine. As I was locked in that moment, I realized how much she would benefit from a companion.
The Director of Care scoffed when I recommended a companion for this "non-communicative" resident.
In my time there, I saw such a high need for companion care. But I realized not every resident would benefit from a three-hour visit, which is typically the minimum time.
As the social worker in the home, I organized three to four residents to be visited by the same companion in her minimum three-hour visit. It worked fabulously! She brought some crafts and games and spent a shorter time with several residents.
So it’s no wonder that less than a year later, I started Comforts of Home – Care; a company that provides companions to help elderly people stay engaged with life, preventing isolation and bringing connection and hope.
Since that time, we have a specially-organized program called "Share Your Care."
If you work in a personal care home or assisted living facility, or if you have a loved one in a facility, please contact us to learn more about the program! Simply hit reply to this email or give us a call at 204-949-3234.
President & CEO