Home care agencies providing services despite stormby Bob Kelleher, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Agencies that provide home health care are maintaining services for hundreds of home bound clients, despite the combination winter storm and holiday.
HealthEast Care System provides in home services for 400 home care patients; and another 200 home-bound hospice patients in the eastern metro. HealthEast's Nancy Buseth said the planning for emergency coverage starts when clients join the system.
"We make sure that they do have a backup care-giver plan in place just in case they do need something," Buseth said. "If we can't get there, who is the person that they're going to call to help with their care?"
Buseth said, despite the weather, care providers will go to homes for the most essential patients.
"Our essential patients are the ones that it would be a matter of life and death if we did not have our care giver out there to do the care for them," she said.
Buseth said patients they are unable to reach can call 911 for assistance.