In some respects, Visiting Homemaker Service of Warren County has been the area’s best kept secret. On the other hand, it’s hard to keep a secret when you have served more than 50,000 residents over a 50-year span.
For those who might think it’s a secret, and for those who know about the secret first-hand, Visiting Homemaker Service wants everyone to know that this year is its 50th anniversary of serving the community.
“It’s been an amazing run,” said Peggy Suydam, the Executive Director of the non-profit agency. “We have helped a lot of people over the years. And we have had great and super dedicated staff members and volunteers providing direct care service for us. We are very, very proud of our track record here.”
And they should be proud.
Statewide, Visiting Homemaker Service has never been a secret. They have been accredited for the past 28 years. In 2016, the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Commission on Accreditation for Home Care re-accredited with “Distinction” Visiting Homemaker Service of Warren County for its excellence in Home Care which they have been awarded for the past 15 years.
The agency has been given this important distinction for a variety of reasons, but it truly comes down to its outstanding staff and programs.
Certified Home Health Aides supervised by Registered Nurses assist clients with their activities of daily living enabling them to maintain their independence and live safely at home for as long as possible. It also provides free Caregiver Education & Support Visits by registered nurses and coordinates the New Jersey Statewide Respite Care Program which provides primary caregivers with a necessary and much needed break from the 24 hour responsibility of caring for a loved one. In addition, its seven Volunteer Programs: Warren County Meals At Home Program and Volunteer Connection Program (Chore Corps, Essential Medical Transportation, Bill Payer Assistance, Volunteer Shopping, Friendly Visitor and Telephone Reassurance), help clients maintain their highest level of self-sufficiency.
“We are proud to have trained professionals and para-professionals who offer an array of home care services to our clients and caregivers in need with compassion, excellence and reliability,” said Suydam. “We are much more than just companionship for our clients.”
“If given a choice, most people would choose to remain in their own homes during times of illness, injury or, rehabilitation” added Dorothy Harth, President of the agency’s Board of Directors. “Visiting Homemaker Service’s scope and quality of services provides the support for people to do just that. The Warren County community is lucky to have such a fine organization.”
Each year, Visiting Homemaker Service provides services to more than 500 clients generally ranging in age from 60 to 100. Over the years Visiting Homemaker Service has literally provided millions of hours of service to the community.
For additional information on all of its services from Certified Home Health Aides, Registered Nurses, Caregiver Education & Support Visits, New Jersey Statewide Respite Care Program, Warren County Meals At Home Program, and Volunteer Connection Program (Chore Corps, Essential Medical Transportation, Bill Payer Assistance, Volunteer Shopping, Friendly Visitor and Telephone Reassurance) please call 908-689-4140 or visit www.vhswc.org