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FRANKLIN COUNTY HOME HEALTH AGENCY INC
June 9, 2011

Franklin County Home Health Agency has played an important role in both my personal and professional development. I first became aware of the concept of home health as a small child when my grandmother was a member of the local home health council. This group loaned equipment such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, canes etc. to local residents recovering or living with illness at home. My next encounter was as a teenager, when my grandfather had a stroke and needed total care. My grandmother made the decision to provide his care at home. With the help of home health, she was able to successfully care for him for seven years. The services of home health not only helped my grandmother care for him, but for those seven years, my grandfather had the best quality of life that he could have given his significant health issues. When he died his long time home health aide was with him and this gave my grandmother great comfort. Fast forward many years later, as an adult I have helped my family members and friends obtain home care and hospice services. As we have tried to navigate a very complex health system, home health as always supported us through every step of the process. Because of these experience , I developed a passion for home health and decided to make home health my career. I was drawn to the concept as a young child driving the loaner wheelchairs around my grandmother's house and this connection has had a lasting effect on me. So, when I had the opportunity to apply for a job with home health, I pursued it and obtained it. Although I am not a caregiver, in my role as the Manager of Human Resources, I have the opportunity to indirectly support our client's every day. By hiring the right staff, having the right policies in place and helping the managers lead our teams, I can make a difference in our client's lives, just as home health has made a difference in my life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As seen in my review, personally, through the care of my family members I have seen the great work that home health does in caring for our clients. Professionally, I have been able to contribute to the results of this organization through my work as the Human Resource Manager.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

When I think about changes, I think more about industry and regulatory changes, not internal organizational changes. Because we are a non-profit health care organization, we face significant regulatory and financial challenges. I wish more understood the challenges and benefits of home health.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & My family essential services and I have in turn chosen Home Health as my career.