Recovering From a Serious Fall: Caregivers to the RescuePosted on August 16, 2013 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Caregiver Education
It is now being called “The Ice Storm Of The Decade.” In Columbus, Ohio, there had been freezing rain all day, and nearly an inch of this stuff had accumulated by the time evening rush hour had hit. Everything outside was covered with ice, and nearly half the county was without power. The temperature was a few degrees below freezing, so sidewalks, parking lots, roads, and driveways were all solid sheets of ice.
The next week was truly enlightening. For 8 years, I had been running a business that helps others without ever fully understanding the impact we have on peoples’ lives. Of course I always knew we were providing a valuable service to those in need, but until this point, I never completely realized how much of an effect Homewatch CareGivers has on shaping peoples’ lives. You see, we aren’t just a company that provides a laundry list of services. The services we provide are just a small part of what we do. Our brochure says, “Homewatch CareGivers provides piece of mind.” Until this incident, those were just words. Now I understand the meaning of this, and I also understand the value of the services we do provide.
Even on the few days I didn’t have a Caregiver, I still felt at ease because someone was always calling to check up on me. “Jon, did you eat breakfast? Do you need anything from the store? Do you need someone to pick up your son from the bus stop?” It was quite clear that everyone from Homewatch who called was genuinely concerned about me. I wasn’t just some “client,” I was a person, and I felt as if everyone really was concerned for my well-being.
Words like “caring,” “compassion,” and “piece of mind” are thrown around a lot, and we use them quite often when describing our services. But until my accident, I never fully grasped the meaning of these words, nor did I ever truly understand what Homewatch CareGivers does. Even as the owner of the company, I wasn’t able to appreciate the good we can do and how we can change peoples’ lives for the better. My experience has taught me that we are not “just another homecare agency.” Helping people with activities of daily living is a means to an end. By providing the services we do, we make people feel more secure and at ease in their own home. Knowing someone is out there and really cares makes all the difference in the world. I’m not exaggerating when I say I will certainly heal more quickly because of the help I’ve been receiving from Homewatch CareGivers. My mind is at ease, and I can relax and let my body heal, because I know I am in good hands. My laundry will get done, I’ll have meals prepared for my son and me, and the floors won’t be slippery or wet so I’ll be able to get around safely on my crutches. And most importantly, I know there are people who genuinely care about how I’m doing and are doing everything in their power to help me recover as quickly as possible.
I’ve been “selling” Homewatch CareGivers’ services for the past 8 years, and I have just now begun to understand what it is that we really offer. Every person on our staff, from our Caregivers to our Scheduler to our Director, has that “caring” component inside them. This “caring” component isn’t as common as one would expect, especially in the healthcare field. During my brief stay in the hospital, I was well taken care of, but I always felt like a “patient.” Doctors and nurses were giving me medications and checking my vital signs, but it was clear that I was patient #80 on the 6th floor. Homewatch CareGivers, on the other hand, made me feel just the opposite way. I wasn’t a “client,” nor was I the owner of the company. I was someone who needed help, and everyone gathered around to help me. Not once did I get the sense that our Caregivers were doing what they do for the money; each and every person on our staff seemed to love what they do and were motivated by nothing more than making others’ liver better.
Eventually my foot will heal, and I will once again be able to walk, drive, and do the things I always took for granted. But long after my foot has healed, I will still be a changed man. It has taken an unfortunate accident to make me realize what Homewatch CareGivers really does. We are not just another company, nor are we a business that provides a list of home care services. Homewatch CareGivers provides people with confidence, piece of mind, dignity, and independence. These are all intangibles and impossible to describe on a website, in a brochure, or on a sales call. Only because I experienced our services firsthand am I able to fully grasp what we are capable of accomplishing and how we can change a person’s life forever.
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