Since its inception in November, 2021, KCH’s Homemaker Program has made its mark as an irreplaceable program in the healthcare center.
Unlike nursing and home health departments which offers skilled medical care, homemakers focus on non-medical care needs.
As a partner program to the activities that Life Enrichment Coordinators provide, homemakers fill the gaps in social and emotional support that some residents continue to feel after the fall-out from the pandemic.
The Homemaker Program wouldn’t be possible without the dedication from its leadership and team. Sherry Donnahoo, homemaker supervisor, noticed residents developing self-isolating habits as a result of having been isolated during the pandemic.
Now with homemakers ready to assist, residents are more encouraged to participate in group activities and are seen at least three times a week by a homemaker.
As an intergenerational program, KCH homemakers are local high school students who exhibit social skills, confidence and empathy for others.
When asked what they’ve learned as a result of being a KCH homemaker, they shared how its important to build trust with the residents, take initiative during their work day and to show leadership qualities.