Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 20, 1972 · Page 125
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 125

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 20, 1972
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Dog Nearly Itches to Death "/ thought we would have to put Daisy to sleep, but I could never do this. 1 suffered as she suffered with large running, itching sores. I had given up trying things when I cantf across Sulfodene. Now her hack is all healed, her hair it coming in thick. The Lord should Mess you lor .inch a fine product." Mrs. John Burmester, New Jersey. SULFODENE relieves the most frenzied itching almost instantly. Then it clings to the skin to go on working to kill infectious bacteria, help hca!. Used by kennels and veterinarians. Get SULFODENK, the specific medication for dogs' skin problems. Available at drug stores and pet departments. iGUNK BED' ENGINE BRITE SPRAY If on HOSE it off" Now Many Wear FALSE TEETH With Little Worry Uo false teeth embarrass you by coming loose when you eat, laugh, or talk? A denture adhesive can help. FASTEETH® g\i ves dentures a longer, firmer, steadier hold. Makes eating more enjoyablo. For more soeurity and comfort, use FASTEETH Denture Adhesive Powder. Dentures that fit are essential to health. See your dentist regularly. Thanks bo you ite working The United Way Mrs. Janet Coleman can live at home because Verna Williams is there to provide necessary care. It's less expensive than a prolonged hospital stay. WsGfeTi mnlGo DALLAS, TEX. S eventy-eight-year-old Henry Herman, a widower whose children live far away, suffered a stroke recently and needs all-day care every day. Space in a hospital or nursing home is not available. Thirty-six-year-old Mrs. Thelma Grant needs a job in order to stay off welfare. Solution for both--Mrs. Grant was trained to take care of Mr. Herman in his own home where he feels secure in a long familiar setting. The organization that brought Mr. Herman and Mrs. Grant together is a fast-growing one called Homernakers, now operating in more than 100 U.S. cities and expecting to add 50 more this year. In a time of soaring hospital and nursing home costs, assuming space is available, many an American family may find that such a service is a lifesaver. In effect, it turns a home into a convalescent hospital. Says Donna Scott, service director of the Dallas Homernakers office: "Mrs. Grant and Mr. Herman are fictitious names but they represent a typical case of the nearly 100 cases we carry at any given time. To me it's very rewarding to take a woman off welfare, give her self- respect and make her productive in society and at the same time help a patient who badly needs help. There's a vast difference between convalescing in your own home where you can look out at your own garden, and having to walk up and down the corridors of a cold institution." Alternative to welfare More than 60 percent of the Dallas Homernakers staff of some 200 would be on welfare if they weren't working in homes caring for people ranging from the very aged down to child pa- /ay McCture is recovering from a fractured leg at home while his mother continues working. The part time nurse is from a home care service. tients who suffered injuries, perhaps in a bicycle accident. But the staff also includes highly skilled professionals-registered nurses, practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses. Some of those who have come from welfare already have useful experience. Nurse's aides, for example. Others receive special training--10 to 20 hours worth--in classes held in the Homemakers office and then are assigned to cases which may run for many months, or only a few days during an emergency. Many staff members appreciate the opportunity for temporary employment. Says Mrs. Louise Pullen, a registered nurse who moved here recently from Boston: "This arrangement is perfect for me. I can't work full time because of my young son. But I can work part time, probably choose my own hours, keep my hand in as a professional and also help fill a serious need." How fees are paid The patients pay Homernakers for the service and Homernakers pays the staff member as an employee. A nurse's aide, for example, in Dallas costs the patient up to $2.92 an hour plus travel cost of perhaps $1.50 for tKe day. A registered nurse costs the patient up to $6 an hour. These charges vary in different parts of the country. But, wherever the city, the central fact is that the service is being performed in the home. This against the fact that last year the average nonprofit hospital cost was $92.32 a day while the American Hospital Association foresees a rise to $153 by 1975. "Those numbers," says Hamilton C. Scharff, Homernakers zone manager, "do much to explain our rapid and continuing growth. It has been estimated that if each patient could cut his hospital stay by one day, total savings to patients in a year would be $1 billion." Bertha Bunt, Scharff's coordinator, explains: "At times the requests from patients are just overwhelming. I do have 200 staff members on call but many of them can work only part time. Right now I need 20 more nurse's aides, 20 more live-in people and a vast number of registered nurses. All of our people are investigated, bonded and insured before we send them into a home. Most of them are women but we do have some men--we're always looking for medics from Vietnam. They do an especially good job." Home care Patients wanting to leave hospitals or nursing homes learn about Homernak- ers from doctors, nurses, clergymen, word of mouth or the hospital itself. The service is dedicated to answering that plaintive patient's question: "What's going to happen to me when I go home?" The fact that it also has taken scores of women off the relief rolls is an added bonus--both for taxpayers and the women themselves. J.G.R.

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