WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- COVID-19 has impacted the senior community more than any other age group across the country. In this segment of Always Together Always Local we are featuring Homecare by Design who says this pandemic has helped them teach seniors new skills they didn't have before.
Quarantine can be lonely especially for seniors who live alone.
"Isolation is detrimental you know and actually hurts our immune system by depression and anxiety and all those different things that we can experience," said Traci Goudy the president of Homecare by Design.
Homecare by Design specializes in providing non-medical care for seniors.
"We have about 60 caregivers and we go into the homes of seniors and provide one on one care,” added Goudy. “That's kind of where the design part comes from is we design care specifically because everyone is unique and everyone is individual."
The company also offers a community to seniors with a variety of social events.
"The person always gets to is able to stay in their home so it kind of acts as like the apartment,” added Goudy. “They are also able to come to activities and Club House events and get handyman services, housekeeping services, transportation whatever it is they need so they get to pick and choose how they want to live their own life."
Club House events had to be canceled due to stay at home orders during the height of the pandemic, to keep seniors safe the company made sure they took extra precautions.
"We got the supplies we needed and we brought our caregivers in and did extra training with them," added Goudy.
The Caregivers were able to use seniors extra time at home to teach them how to operate useful technology.
"Having a caregiver in the home who has a smartphone we were able to start doing some teaching with them so they could also skype with their family so they could learn Facebook and learn to connect with people that way," said Goudy.
Since the global pandemic had the largest effect on seniors, the company created the pink door campaign to show support for them during this ever-changing time.
"Our community does care,” added Goudy. “I think greater Lafayette is amazing and we really do care but we wanted something visually that they could see that and that would make them feel safe and secure."
Homecare by design is slowly opening up their clubhouse for small group activities since restrictions have been lifted. For more information on the services, they offer click here. If you have a business you'd like to be featured in our "Always Together, Always Local segment send us an email with a suggestion.