OCEAN GROVE, N.J. — In 2010, nearly 90 percent of adults age-45 and older indicated they wanted to stay in their homes for as long as possible as they aged. As a leader in senior living and care, United Methodist Communities has always responded the preferences of older adults. The organization has established HomeWorks, a licensed Health Care Services Firm, which offers in-home care for seniors.
Currently, over 65 percent of older adults have multiple chronic illnesses, which often limit their ability to complete basic daily tasks like eating and bathing. Projections of more than 70 million Americans age-65-plus by 2030 add to its importance.
The public is invited to an Open House on Wednesday, July 27, from 4 to 7pm at HomeWorks, 54 Olin Street in Ocean Grove. Bringing care into homes improves access to a broad range of options. HomeWorks fills the gap in the continuum of care and supports older adults transitioning from or to hospitals, assisted living or nursing homes.
Its two major components are personal care and case management. The first involves bathing, grooming and dressing assistance, meal preparation, grocery shopping, errands, laundry, light housekeeping, and more, as determined by a customized care plan, created and monitored by registered nurses.
The second component, case management, supports clients with service coordination, psycho-social assessment, home safety management, professional advocacy, home physician services, social work assistance, and more. Both components offer pastoral care, referrals, information and other support to families, as appropriate.
Cindy Jacques, vice president of housing and community initiatives, remarks, “United Methodist Communities HomeWorks comprehensive and coordinated care fosters independence at home and lends support and peace-of-mind to seniors and caregivers alike.”
With plans for future expansion, HomeWorks currently serves Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties. In addition to 24-hour live-in and telehealth monitoring, services may be scheduled for short-term, long-term or as infrequently as two hours per day.
All HomeWorks’ caregivers are certified home health aides and hold certificates from the State of New Jersey which requires 60 hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of clinical training. Upon completion the certified home health aides must pass a New Jersey Board of Nursing Competency Exam.
“HomeWorks aides complete extensive training which exceeds standard government regulations. Beyond a proven track record of competent caregiving, we recruit caregivers who demonstrate intelligence, honesty, trustworthiness and professionalism,” observes Deborah Walsh, HomeWorks executive director.
In the same location, Seaside Seniors, a resource café for older adults, will operate every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm. Area seniors can take a class, learn to use technology, join a book club, access resources, engage in discussions, mingle, and have fun.
The casual “drop-in” format allows participants to pick and choose from the varied weekly programming and come whenever they like. Most services and classes are either at no or nominal cost; snacks and lunch are available.
Family members are invited to inquire about resources, use the public Wi-Fi, and otherwise take a break from caregiving. Seaside Seniors provides access to information on senior services and supports. Seaside Seniors’ monthly calendar listing the various offerings, speakers and events will be available during the Open House.
For information about HomeWorks or Seaside Seniors, or to schedule a free consultation call 732-838-1950 or visit UMCommunities.org/HomeWorks.