By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Home But Not Alone has begun servicing clients in Morrison County. The company, owned by four home healthcare professionals with more than 70 years of experience between them, is available to help anyone with maintaining their independence and quality of life while living at home or in an assisted living situation.
Ginger Fietek and her son, Wade Perry, both of Little Falls, Linda Nelson of Backus and Rachel Stone from Longville, started to put this business together a year ago. They began working with clients in July.
“We cover Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties,” said Fietek. “We assist our clients with daily chores, activities of daily living plus companion services.”
Each partner brings their own distinctive blend of knowledge and individual approach to the business. The company’s emphasis is on providing the highest quality home care, while helping alleviate the stress and work which comes with change.
Their company also alleviates the family’s worries when they are unable to be their for their loved one.
Perry has worked with people with developmental disabilities for 10 years; Fie-tek has been in the home health care field for 15 years; Nelson has more than 30 years experience with home health care; and Stone has been in the home health care business for about 17 years.
Staying at home should be a positive experience and Home But Not Alone strives to make that a reality.
“Our focus is to keep people in their homes, whether they are elderly, disabled or just home-bound,” said Perry.
While working for other companies, the four owners felt they were bound by too many rules. They wanted to do more for their clients than they were allowed to do.
“We found people became too dependent on their home health care institution,” said Fietek.
She said that it means so much to her to help people live their lives.
“I wish I could do this for free,” Fietek said. “It’s wonderful going to a client’s home and find them happy to see me. This has enriched my life.”
Perry said he is passionate about his clients and wants to give them the best life he can.
“Every day I am excited to go to work and help my clients,” he said.
Home But Not Alone helps with just about anything. While it is a non-medical company, they will help with light housework, meal preparation, respite services, medication reminders, errands, companionship and more.
“We will do the grocery shopping, but would rather help the individual do their own shopping,” said Fietek. “One of our goals is to help people get out into the community, take them shopping or to events. People are happier when they are out and about. Becoming homebound can lead to depression.”
The Home But Not Alone owners will meet with perspective clients and their family members to assess needs. They will develop an individualized plan specific to each person’s requirements.
“We will come to the client’s home and learn what they want, what they need,” said Fietek. “Sometimes it is just temporary help that is needed, sometimes more permanent.”
Home But Not Alone works with several insurance companies to reduce the out-of-pocket expenses.
While some people may not be sure they can use the services offered by Home But Not Alone, a gift of its services may be just the thing.
To contact Home But Not Alone, call 1 (888) 854-2404 or email one of the partners at contactus@hbna
homecare.com. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.hbnahomecare.com