At Home Healthcare welcomed to Morristown Chamber of Commerce

Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm



Celebrating the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for At Home Healthcare are from left, Karen Crumbley, Chamber ambassador; Tiffany Livesay, Kimberly Purkey, Allison Dixon, Whitney Dixon Mason, Randy DeBord, Chamber chairman, and Cookie Larkin, Chamber ambassador.

When Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Randy DeBord recently welcomed At Home Healthcare into Chamber membership, he discussed the relevant topic of aging baby boomers and their growing medical needs.

“We are experiencing continuing care offered at a wider scope,” DeBord said. “Gov. Bredesen started setting up for those extra services, and a lot of things are going to be added in the future. There are a lot of folks now requiring in-home care that they historically weren’t able to get coverage for.”

As the boomers continue to age and their children are busy working and raising their own children, the family ties to caregiving are being stretched beyond the limit.

“The job is a necessary job for the community,” DeBord said. “We’re very appreciative of all you take care of. We don’t realize all that you do until we get to a point where we need services for one of our family members.”

At Home’s Morristown director, Allison Dixon, said the demand for personal care and respite services is growing quickly in the Lakeway Area.

“We offer services for people who may qualify for nursing home care but who have family support … and who are able stay home,” she said. “So we are, for the most part, giving those family members a break; coming in and helping them take care of things that they’ve had to take care of them on their own.

“We have employees who go into a home for three, six or eight hours a day. They do become like family members. I’m blessed to have some great, great employees who accept our mission and honor it and are proud to do so.”

The agency’s 30 employees provide a wide range of services including assistive technology, providing devices that help with clients’ activities of daily living, such as grabbers or large-handled eating utensils. Homemaker services provide an individual to assist with household chores, like laundry and sweeping, or grocery shopping.

In-home respite provides an At Home staff member to stay with a client in their home for a short time to so that the individual’s caregiver can get some rest. Minor home modification includes certain devices or changes to the client’s home to make it easier and safer for the individual, such as ramps or grab-bars. An At Home personal care attendant will help a client with activities of daily living for longer periods of time or travel with the client to doctor’s visits or other appointments.

Personal care services include assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, toileting or transfers. Workers Compensation and Disability services include skilled nursing and/or personal care, homemaker and in-home respite services for individuals affected by work related injuries and disability insurance requirements.

At Home Healthcare is located at 921 West First North St. and is accepting new clients. For more information, call 423-839-2554.

- By Glenna Howington, Tribune Staff Writer

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