LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — This time of year, the need for senior homecare increases. Homecare By Design is one option for families in the Greater Lafayette area.
After working with seniors for about 20 years, Tracy Goudy felt compelled to help make homecare easier for families.
"There just has to be a better way," said Goudy.
That's when she started Homecare by Design in West Lafayette. It caters to the needs of each individual.
"What we find is that sometimes people do need a lot of care but sometimes they just need a little bit," said Goudy.
Like Jean Mason. She's 91 and on the move.
She calls Homecare by Design to drive her places. Of course, she could call Uber or a Taxi Service but she much prefers this company, "because they bring the groceries in," said Mason.
She needs a little help getting around. So it's nice to have someone who knows what they're doing.
"He does whatever I ask him, which is nice because my husband didn't do that all of the time, we were married 68 years," said Mason.
Mason's husband died of Alzheimer's Disease. But she still feels his presence in the home.
"I don't have him but I have his fish," said Mason.
Right now, she just needs Homecare by Design to help her run errands. But she knows eventually she'll need them for more.
Mason said, "There will come a time when I can't do something."
Goudy knows it's a tough subject for some.
"Nobody wants to admit they really need help. And they're waiting too long," said Goudy.
But Goudy says, like Mason, it's always best to start thinking about your plan right now.
"That really makes a big impact on our healthcare industry overall," said Goudy, "because then we have falls or congestive heart failure or COPD or these other disease processes that could have been managed much better if we had been more proactive."