A Helping Hand at Home
Though it may have been a New Yorker who first coined
the phrase, Charlestonians have always believed there's no place like
home. This veneration of the hearth shows up everywhere, from the delicate
detail lavished on the lowly iron gates of a house on the peninsula,
to the elaborate lengths to which a Charlestonian will go to defend
its castle - think of the Civil War. Perhaps it's no wonder, then, that
Comfort Keepers has flourished
since opening its Mount Pleasant office. After all, one of the company's
primary objectives is to help seniors to continue living in the privacy
and comfort of their own homes by offering clients a wide variety of
At this point, many families discuss moving the parent
into an assisted living situation, but such homes are expensive, and
many seniors much prefer the independence and familiarity of their own
homes. The whole process of hiring help from the newspaper can be troublesome,
unreliable, and even unsafe. Recruiting, interviewing, screening, paying
Social Security and other taxes, as well as worker's compensation, take
a huge amount of time and energy, adding one more burden to a senior's
already overcomplicated life.
Seniors make up the majority of Comfort Keepers clients. "For some," Arnoff explains, "we're the only alternative to having to leave their own home. But other seniors simply enjoy having a 'personal assistant' around to make their active lives more comfortable and convenient." Comfort Keepers also serves a number of new mothers and others of any age who find they can use a little assistance around the house.
A major advantage to in-home care is the affordability compared to nursing homes or assisted living centers. More importantly, Arnoff points out, Comfort Keepers offers one-on-one service and thoughtful companionship. For that reason, Arnoff says, the company does its best to match the caregiver's personality with that of the client. "As a result," he says, "it's quite common for caregivers and clients to become the best of friends."
Comfort Keeper caregivers are available by the hour, by the day, or by the week, and since clients choose only the services they desire, a package can be designed to fit almost any budget.
Ultimately, Comfort Keepers vital combination of human interaction and practical assistance not only helps seniors continue living independently in their own homes, but often produces a second benefit for the entire family. "Since Comfort Keepers helps reduce stress, worry and guilt over a seniors well-being," Arnoff explains, "the time family members spend with their loved ones can be quality time."