Are they safe? Are they receiving proper care? Can they still live at home?
These are just a few of the questions that families face when caring for an aging loved one. During such a worrisome time, it can be difficult to know the answers. Luckily, for Atlantic County residents, Visiting Angels of Egg Harbor Township is here to help.
Angels at Home
Founded over 14 years ago by sisters Patty Laychock, RRT, CDP, CSA and Kathy Callahan RN, BSN Visiting Angels is committed to keeping the elderly independent by providing in-home care.
“Our supervised certified home health aides can assist with bathing, dressing, and toileting if needed, as well as preparing healthy meals, companionship, light housework, medication reminders, running errands. We do whatever it takes to keep our clients in their homes safely,” says Patty. “People work hard all their lives for their home. Our mission is to help older adults and those with disabilities, remain in their homes, and we do everything in our power to keep them there, safely.”
Through years of experience, Visiting Angels has developed practices and strategies to ensure their clients are receiving the best care possible.
Initially, a nurse will visit with the client as well as any others the client would like to be present. During this visit, the nurse evaluates the client, as well as the safety of the client, in his or her surroundings. Using the information collected through the assessment, a plan of care is established. The plan of care provides detailed information of the duties to be performed by the caregiver, at a time and in a way, acceptable to the client. One The first day of care the nurse will meet with the client, family and caregiver and provide the plan of care to the caregiver to assure there is complete understanding. This meeting also provides an opportunity for any further questions or concerns to be addressed. Visiting Angels will continue to follow up through monthly phone calls in order to assure the client’s needs are being met and address any issues that may arise. The nurse will continue to visit the client every 60 days, to monitor the client and adjust the plan of care accordingly.
“Our RNs continuously monitor the clients’ plan of care, along with discussion with the caregiver, to determine if any changes are needed, make doctor appointments, or any further recommendations needed to keep our client, safe, happy and at home, if possible,” explains Patty.
Not Just A Business, it’s a Passion
While caring for the elderly of Atlantic County is quite a task, Visiting Angels’ almost 90 employees is up for the challenge. In fact, Patty explains, “it is so much more than a business, but our way of helping in our community and seeing the difference we make, keeps our passion alive.”
“When my sister and I launched Visiting Angels, we never imagined it would be this gratifying,” says Patty. “It’s not just our clients that we care for, it’s their families as well. They have peace of mind knowing that they can leave their loved one home and not worry because Visiting Angels is a Trusted provider.”
Visiting Angels’ clients have good reason to place their trust in them. The business has won awards for Best In-Home Health Care five years in a row and as a Leader in Excellence.
An online testimonial reads, “There are no words to express my family’s gratitude for all that you and the other Angels have done for Mom & Dad, including talking to me long distance and stopping by the house when needed – even on your own time. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”
Visiting Angels of Egg Harbor Township serves as a resource and an ally for families who are searching for to help them answer those difficult questions regarding their aging loved one.
“We make sure to meet the needs of our clients and their families. Often our caregivers and clients form such a deep bond that they become like family to one another,” says Patty. “It is very important to us that our clients are as comfortable as possible.”