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September 23, 2018

Rotarians Learn About Home Aides


Nancy Kush Ellis, right, introduced Stacey McEwen, the Marketing, Respite and Lifeline Coordinator of Home Aides of Central New York (HACNY), at a recent Fulton Rotary Club meeting.

Nancy Kush Ellis, right, introduced Stacey McEwen, the Marketing, Respite and Lifeline Coordinator of Home Aides of Central New York (HACNY), at a recent Fulton Rotary Club meeting.

This agency’s focus is providing care for seniors living at home, in fact their tagline is “Keeping the caring at home.” Their goal is to offer the care and help necessary to permit loved ones to stay in the security and comfort of their own homes.

HACNY primarily serves Onondaga and Oswego Counties but does have clients in Madison County and is also licensed to provide care in three other CNY counties. Stacey explained that the HACNY staff of 180 goes through expensive background checks then an intense 3 ½ week training program done at their headquarters at 723 James Street in Syracuse.

For staff that will be dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia patients, there is further extensive training. Also on staff are registered nurses who oversee the aides and who also do initial patient assessments in the home.

Payment for services is generally private pay as Medicare and private health insurance companies do not generally pick up the roughly $20 per hour cost of the home health aide.

The agency also has a respite program for Onondaga County residents whereby an aide will come into the home and give the primary caregiver some “downtime” to run errands or simply enjoy some time off from being a caregiver.

For anyone interested in further information on any of their programs, HACNY can be reached at 476-4295.

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