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Catholic Charities W.Va. Announces Name Change of Homemaker and Case Management Services Program

Catholic Charities W.Va. Announces Name Change of Program to Reflect its Mission of Helping the Elderly to ‘Live at Home with Dignity’

Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) has announced that its Homemaker and Case Management Services and/or Medicaid Waiver program has been renamed Catholic Charities HomeCare to more closely reflect its mission of helping the elderly to “live at home with dignity.”

The announcement of the name change coincides with the release of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield’s pastoral letter “My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation: Ministry With & Among Elderly in West Virginia” June 3.

“We are delighted of the attention Bishop Bransfield has shed on the elderly with his new pastoral letter,” said Mark Sliter-Hays, executive director of CCWVa. “One theme that arose from the listening sessions (in preparation of the letter) was the support that is needed to assist our elders to remain in familiar surroundings, their home, if this is their wish and their health allows it. With our program for the elderly, HomeCare, we are able to accomplish the dignity of living at home where one can age gracefully among the family members and friends.”

The HomeCare program provides living assistance to adults whose independence has been impacted by disability, illness or advanced years. Sliter-Hays said that HomeCare is a low cost, private pay service that brings homemakers who are trained to help with hygiene, perform light housework, meal preparation, medication prompting and errands and a registered nurse and case manager together to develop a plan of care that meets clients’ needs and is cost effective.

HomeCare has 25 years of experience as a certified home care provider. Since 1989, HomeCare has served over 10,000 people with an unblemished record of quality service, CCWVa officials said. Patti Phillips, director of Development and Marketing for CCWVa, said that the market place for quality in-home care for the elderly, disabled and adults recovering from surgery is complex and full of start-up businesses. “Catholic Charities West Virginia recognized that its program offers consumers 25 years of experience in quality and certified homecare services,” she said. “Private pay has been an option in the program for some time, but consumers were unaware of the service availability.” In 2013, CCWVa began promoting the program and the private pay option to the larger community. The minimal campaign was successful, Phillips said, although CCWVa identified the long name as a challenge for consumers to understand and remember so the name was changed to Catholic Charities HomeCare.

Care is available to all people, and comprehensive service plans are developed and monitored with a supervising registered nurse. In addition, HomeCare is one of the few in-home care providers that offer weekend and 24 hours a day, seven days a week service. Care plans are tailored to the needs of the family and are cost effective.

For more information, call (304) 345-2103.