Right at Home caregivers, including therapy dog Newton, provide personalized in-home senior care
By Wendy Cornett
“We try to stress to folks that bringing in care doesn’t mean you’re losing your independence; you’re actually keeping it,” John said. “The first thing we ask clients is ‘What is your goal?’ Ninety-five percent of the time, people want to stay in their homes. We map out a plan for how to achieve that.”
A Navy veteran, John also spent 25 years with Davis-Besse before switching gears and opening the Perrysburg Right at Home in 2010.
“When I interviewed with Right at Home, it just seemed to fit,” John said. “I went on faith that God was leading me in the right direction.”
Through partnerships with skilled nursing facilities and hospice providers, Right at Home offers a range of care options, including companionship and transportation; light housework and temporary assistance following major surgery; and assistance for those with conditions such as diabetes and osteoarthritis. Whatever the case, Right at Home conducts a thorough assessment and creates a personalized care plan.
“When we assess the client’s needs – depending on where they are in their lives – sometimes it’s just a matter of helping someone with a morning service – helping them get up and get their breakfast,” John said.
Right at Home also assesses the home for accessibility and any necessary renovations – such as ramps, wider doorways or grab bars – and partners with contractors and medical supply companies to get the job done.
“I meet all of our clients and everybody involved, and I tell the family, ‘I’m the focal point; I can coordinate all of this,’ ” John said.
John also has more than 20 years of experience with therapy dogs, and he is often accompanied by therapy dog Newton, a 5-year-old golden doodle available to help comfort seniors in their homes.
Right at Home can also help those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diagnoses remain in their familiar surroundings longer.
“This year we’re really focusing on dementia care,” John added. “You can care for dementia patients for a long time in the home, and that’s our passion: to keep people in their homes.”
If you found this story to be interesting, informative or inspiring, please let John know! You can contact him at 567-336-6062; visit Right at Home at 134 East Third St., Suite A, Perrysburg; email him at firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit the website at www.rahnwohio.com.