Fillmore County to stop home-care services: 'It provides another challenge for a family to overcome''

We spoke to a homecare service and they tell us seniors will either have to pay out of pocket or look else where.

Posted: Apr. 23, 2018 10:45 PM
Updated: Apr. 24, 2018 6:31 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Fillmore County will no longer provide assistance for seniors at home with homecare services. Starting July 1, homecare services like bathing and personal care will no longer be apart of the Fillmore County Public Health’s homecare program.

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KIMT spoke to supervising nurse Tara Thomas at Visiting Angels homecare service, the company that provides services Fillmore county will soon get rid of. Thomas said that the ones who will be affected the most are the seniors who rely on people coming to their home and assisting them.
“As people get older, they want to spend the rest of their lives in their home,” said Thomas.

But in Fillmore County that won't happen.
Joe Sedelmeyer is the director at Visiting Angels. He said that he used to have clients in the county but it was too far for their workers to go there everyday.

“We like to have our caretakers in the same area, and in that area many don’t” said Sedelmeyer, “especially here in Minnesota, it can be impossible to get to clients if the weather is to bad.”

Aside from the county being too far from where his employees live, another issue is it’s very expensive to pay for healthcare services and many can’t afford to pay.
Many seniors are left with the option of paying out of pocket or moving to a nursing home if they can’t afford to pay for a caretaker.

“It’s provides another challenge for a family to overcome,” said Thomas.

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