Business & Finance

Homewatch CareGivers Offers Affordable Non-Medical Alternative to Assisted Living or Nursing Homes

d5125a7eed6bd13f533d_larry.jpg
d5125a7eed6bd13f533d_larry.jpg

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Since August 2009, Homewatch CareGivers of Essex, Morris and northern Union Counties has offered an affordable non-medical alternative to assisted living or nursing homes. According to franchise owner Larry Aronson, his organization has already serviced 100 clients and provided 60,000 hours of care.

Today’s seniors are accustomed to being an active group. Everyone wants to remain capable of independently living at home before possibly transitioning to a dedicated assisted living or nursing home center.

However, as this population ages, their baby boomer children find themselves, often from a distance, not only dealing with their aging parents’ healthcare needs and daily routines, but maybe even their own. Financial changes may have also resulted in changes in where parents reside.

Sign Up for E-News

Families are often unable to participate in their loved ones’ daily routines, so outside help must be arranged.

This trend was recognized by the national Homewatch CareGivers network, which opened its headquarters in Colorado in 1980. Since then, the company has expanded to its current 120 franchise owners in 33 states and six countries.

What motivated Aronson to become a franchise owner? He explains, “I saw a business opportunity that required community participation and where I could do something important.”

Aronson worked 24 years in the consumer package goods industry. His background includes 16 years for Proctor & Gamble-three in medical office coverage-, four years with Warner Lambert and three years with Revlon. He ultimately was promoted to president, North American sales & customer marketing, for Revlon.

Homewatch complies with New Jersey regulations, providing non-medical services as a licensed health care services firm. The license excludes any nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy or other “skilled care” services.

Homewatch offers its clients either live-in or hourly support for activities of daily living (ADLs). These ADLs include showering, dressing, grooming, toileting, transferring and eating. Some cases may require only “companion support” for meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, transportation to doctors’ appointments, running errands and medication reminders. Homewatch works with all age groups and those clients with special needs, but does not have special needs programs.

“Occasionally, our job is just to bring some life back into the home. When someone has lost a spouse, the family is often unable to regularly be there,” Aronson says.

Providing quality care is critical to Aronson, who sets high standards for his professional staff. He employs two nurses, a social worker and a very experienced CNA/CHHA scheduling manager who frequently makes house visits to insure that caregivers are appropriately trained to perform their jobs well.

Clients and their families have individual personalities, and Aronson stresses that Homewatch focuses on their needs. He believes what separates Homewatch from other agencies is their group dedication to working with the entire family as a unit.

“From the first day, we try to understand the ‘family world’ to provide a complete family experience. It begins with the first phone call from people who are usually stressed and confronted by a situation beyond their experience. We have to listen and offer solutions. People frequently breathe a sigh of relief once we have spoken to them. Our goal is to inform families of our abilities to exceed just personal care. For example, we even provide laundry services,” says Aronson.

Because of the potential vulnerability of a client, additional factors must be considered. Entrusting a loved one’s care to a stranger is daunting for most families. Homewatch makes every effort to verify the honesty and integrity of its home caregivers.

Aronson explains, “In addition to confirming their own certification, we do professional background checks, driving record checks and reference checks. All cases requiring personal care ADLs utilize aides who are certified by the state. Achieving this certification entails completion of a 76-hour training class and passing an exam. New Jersey also conducts background checks that include finger printing.

Home care is a two-way relationship. Clients and their families also have obligations to the caregivers. Homewatch clients must sign a form that outlines mutual responsibilities and respect.

Aronson suggests that prior to arranging caregiver service, his team and the family should jointly develop a “care plan”, which will enhance the value of the arrangement. Upon starting their service, families should communicate with the professional staff to insure that Homewatch is honoring their caregiver commitments.

Although he launched Homewatch CareGivers in the middle of the economic downturn, Aronson says his company has consistently expanded. He credits aggressive marketing and quality care giving, and is optimistic that an economic improvement will result in even greater growth.

Aronson is uncertain about how the new healthcare laws will impact his services. He says, “I will worry about this when it becomes clear as to what it means. For now, we are just focused on growing the business and providing quality care.”

(973) 810-0110 - Main Office (24/7)
75 South Orange Avenue Suite 201

South Orange, NJ 07079

http://www.homewatchcaregivers.com/essex-county-nj

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Save $2.50 on Next Visit to Livingston Car Wash

July 17, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Drivers can save $2.50 the next time they get their vehicle cleaned at Livingston Car Wash.

Come to Livingston Car Wash at 111 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue for a car wash and $2.50 will be discounted from the regular price.

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fitness
Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_2468930b54fcb2172eae_gb_front

Sat, July 21, 12:30 PM

CycleBar Livingston, Livingston

Bike for the Bean

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_d36e8541b1fb2e142ef9_bobbyvalli_par440_3_dates__11x17

Sat, July 21, 7:30 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, SHORT HILLS

Solid Gold with Bobby Valli at Par 440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Man Stabbed in Valley Section of West Orange

July 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE – A West Orange man was stabbed Sunday evening during an attack in The Valley section of the township, according to officials.

Police were called the 300 block of Valley Road around 5:45 p.m. on a report of an aggravated assault. The 28-year-old victim was stabbed during an attack by a group of individuals who later fled the scene, according to township spokeswoman Susan ...

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting

July 15, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — All Essex County residents, mayors and councils, law enforcement members, school officials, clergy members, civic organizations and more are invited to join in the next Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss how the Essex County communities can join work together to eradicate this epidemic.

The meeting will be held at the ...

Would Shedding

How much wood wouldn’t a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck woodn’t?

 

Enough already.  

 

I get it.  It is an easy mistake to make, misusing would and wouldn’t.  It happens to me all the time.

 

“Honey, when I said I didn’t see any reason why I would go to the ballet, I meant to say I couldn’t see ...

Extra Time

It was close to 70 minutes into the match and I had to go to the bathroom.  Badly.

As fans watching the World Cup know too well, bathroom breaks are a serious dilemma, especially for those who don’t have a TV in the loo.  This biological necessity is exasperated by beer, which during World Cup matches also fuels a strong propensity to throw chairs and instigate riots.

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...