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Health Pro: Avid helps seniors stay at home

Q: Why did you go into this career?

A: For as long as I can remember, what I always wanted to do is help people. At Avid, it’s all about delivering superior in-home care, helping to improve one’s quality of life and allowing someone to remain more independent. We want to create a positive environment for our clients at home so they can focus on what they can do, not on what they can no longer do.

Q: What services do you provide?

A: Avid offers personal care such as assistance with bathing, grooming, toileting, dressing, ambulation and medication reminders, along with homemaking and companion care covering meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, errands and shopping. Another key Avid offering is respite care, which is the provision of care for a loved one while the usual caregiver, typically a family member, can take a much-needed break. Our staff members are all employees, not contractors, trained and certified in providing quality and compassionate care. We are licensed by the state of Florida (#299994659) and fully insured and bonded.

We offer our clients free in-home assessments, affordable rates and flexible payment options, including online bill payments, credit cards, automatic withdrawals and documents for submission to insurers that may cover home care. There are some programs available to provide financial assistance for offsetting the cost of home care. One such program is available to veterans and their surviving spouses. Contact information for any special programs can be provided to you.

Q: What makes this area of care fulfilling for you?

One day we are all going to be seniors or recovering from a surgery or illness. When we walk into a home and greet our client, spend time with them, not just to perform the required services but to brighten their day, make them more comfortable and leave them with a smile on their face, that’s why I get up every morning.

Q: With other care options available such as Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs), how does one go about making the right decision?

A: While ultimately the choice is a personal one, deciding whether in-home care or assisted living is the right choice comes down to understanding the differences between the two, what kind of costs can be incurred for each, and answering some basic questions such as:

Are the needs occasional, daily or 24/7?

Is continuing to stay in the home the preference?

Is family available to help when a caregiver is not available?

Are organized social activities important?

After investigation of both options from a financial perspective, is one more desirable?

Q: What are the latest trends in your field that will benefit patients?

A: One trend that Avid is starting is we do not have 3- or 4-hour service minimums. Our caregivers will provide an hour of service if someone just needs a visit for help with a shower or maybe a trip to the store. We know that many people are on limited fixed incomes and may not be eligible for any sort of government assistance and we want to be considerate of their situation so they can afford the assistance they need.

From a technology perspective, there are many services and devices that can make aging in place safer and more comfortable. These include newer alert devices that detect falls without a button being pressed, pharmacies that will pre-fill medication trays removing confusion about what meds to take when, and devices that can monitor vital health data and transmit instantly to doctors or nurses.

Q: Best advice for current and potential patients.

Aging in place offers a senior the opportunity to stay at home, in familiar surroundings, maintaining independence, close to friends, near shopping and their place of worship. The best advice I can give is have a discussion with your family, understand your needs and your preferences, and investigate the care options and costs in your area. At that point, you should have all the information you need to make the best decision for your care.

Have a suggestion for the Know Your Health Care Professional feature? Contact Wayne T. Price at 321-242-3658 or wprice@floridaytoday.com.

Avid Home Care Services

Owner: Betty Berrisford, owner and administrator

Address: 2425 N. Courtenay Parkway, (Courthouse Square Building, second floor) Merritt Island, we serve all of Brevard County

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Caregiving services provided around the clock, every day.

Education: I received my RN training and certification at the Montefiore Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Professional background: After graduation, I worked as a private duty nurse for almost 10 years. In 1970, my late husband opened physical therapy practices in central New Jersey. As the Supervising RN for the practices, I interviewed, hired and managed the aides along with some patient care and follow-up. In addition, I managed all office operations including scheduling, billing, accounting and marketing. I believe my background and experience, as well as my sincere interest in helping people, makes me well suited to operate a successful home care agency.

Contact: (321) 392-3400, Email: info@AvidHomeCareServices.com.

On the Web: AvidHomeCareServices.com

Article source: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/life/wellness/2017/05/23/health-pro-avid-helps-seniors-stay-home/102011078/

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