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Homewatch CareGivers: A step toward independent living

Homewatch CareGivers offers a range of services for people in need of day-to-day living services and other help.

It is a growing company serving the Williamsport region and elsewhere, according to Kirk Fisher, president and CEO of the Williamsport office,

“There does seem to be a growing demand for home health care,” he said.

The type of care varies, from helping someone with simple activities of living such as eating and bathing to providing companionship, he said.

Home care is an alternative for people who want to remain in their homes and remain more independent.

“At the end of the day, it’s a feel-good business,” he said. “It’s a necessary business, taking care of human beings.”

Fisher said Homewatch is one of the larger home care agencies in the area.

He feels Williamsport is a good fit for the agency.

“It’s a little challenging to be in a rural area,” he said. “Transportation is sometimes a concern.”

Among the services Homewatch offers to clients is transporting them to doctor’s appointments if needed.

Homewatch, he noted, works with STEP to coordinate transportation services.

Among the more challenging aspects of his business is ensuring a client is receiving the care he or she needs.

“You need to communicate with the client and the family,” he said. “Communication is very important in this business.”

A rewarding aspect of the business he said, is the relationships developed with clients.

“I’d like to think we do the simple things well,” he said.

The COVID-19 pandemic presented its share of challenges as well.

“We lost a few clients for fear of exposure to COVID,” he said. “And a few caregivers as well.”

Caregivers use their skills to understand and track changes in clients’ lives to develop individualized care plans.

Home care is not limited to the elderly but to people of varying ages and needs.

Homewatch even provides respite care to give family caregivers a break.

Care can be extended to clients not only in their homes, but in an independent living community or in medical settings.

“We have clients we take care of a day or two,” Fisher said. “It might just be driving them or checking in on them.”

Fisher stressed that safety of clients is the number one concern.

“We want people to be safe and happy in their own home,” he said. “It’s just helping them navigate day to day living.”

Fisher said he plans to add two more Homecare offices.

“We are expanding south to Dauphin County and west to State College,” he said.

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