The Norman Transcript

December 29, 2013

Right at Home expands

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — An in-home care service based in Edmond is expanding its service to Norman and Moore.

“Our physical location is in Edmond,” said Joel Herdzina, who co-owns Right at Home with his mother and her two sisters. “Each of the franchises is locally owned and operated.”

Families who need home health services seek help with personal care such as personal hygiene, showering and dressing, but round-the-clock care also can be provided, as can respite care, Herdzina said. The nature of the service depends on what the family and the person in care needs.

Often a family member may care for someone who is ill or incapacitated. The respite care service allows those family members to take a break.

While some clients may need short-term help while recovering from injury or illness, others may need long-term assistance in the case of a long-term illness or permanent disability.

“Another thing we help with is medication reminders,” Herdzina said. “We also have RNs — nurses — who can fill pill planners. We also have a medication reminding and dispensing machine.”

Right at Home makes sure clients have trusted caregivers and has worked with veterans and other agencies to provide care. The agency works well with long-care health insurance, Herdzina said.

Services can include light housekeeping, laundry, changing bed linens and preparing meals. Right at Home personnel can provide transportation services to the grocery store, doctor or beauty shop.

Right at Home is an alternative to nursing home care. After a bad fall, some seniors can feel disoriented if moved to a nursing home. Right at Home provides an alternative that allows people to remain in their homes. Alzheimer’s patients who need supervision also may benefit from Right at Home’s services.

Herdzina said Right at Home will work with clients and their families to fill whatever needs they have.

Right at Home has served people short term if they were visiting from out of town and needed some extra help. One lady needed help for a day while she was in town for a funeral. Others might want short-term assistance while visiting friends or family for the holidays.

Herdzina said providing care has been a service his family has provided for a number of years.

“Our office in Edmond opened up in 2009,” Herdzina said. “My mom and my aunts opened up Right at Home’s Kansas location 12 years ago.”

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