In today’s episode of Help Choose Home, we welcome Kevin Heraty, Chief Development Officer of Cantata Adult Life Services. Originally founded as The British Home in 1920 and opened in 1924 by the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE), Cantata is a nonprofit organization that provides care for a diverse population and offers a variety of services to help seniors. Located in Brookfield, IL, Cantata offers a residential care facility, in-home caregiving services in private homes, handyman services, and a new Take 2 Neighborhood Care Program.
Kevin has a background in banking and finance and served on the Cantata board of directors before transitioning to a full-time employment role with the organization in 2012.
In this episode we discuss:
- The unique Take 2 Neighborhood Care Program model
- The ideal client for a neighborhood-based care program
- The benefits of a neighborhood-based care program
Below are some highlights from our conversation:
- [1:30] Learn the story behind the Take 2 Neighborhood Care Program
- [4:15] Kevin explains who an ideal client is for a neighborhood-based care program
- [6:00] Kevin shares details about how technology helps ensure exceptional care
- [7:10] Learn the benefits of the Take 2 Neighborhood Care Program for clients
- [7:25] The Take 2 Neighborhood Care Program is a care model that is spreading to other communities
- [9:45] Discover the flexibility of the Take 2 Neighborhood Care Program
- [10:20] Learn what a hybrid client is
- [11:00] Kevin explains the history of Cantata Adult Life Services and their wide range of services for seniors
- [14:25] Learn why the Take 2 Neighborhood Care Program is able to keep clients for long periods of time
- [16:00] Discover the staffing benefits of a neighborhood-based care program
- [19:40] Kevin explains why it’s important to be open to change
After listening to today’s episode, I think that like me, you’ll come away with a greater understanding and appreciation for the importance of innovation in home care. Through a neighborhood-based program, seniors can remain independent in their own homes and agencies can offer more consistent hours for caregivers.
To learn more about innovative ways in which home care is meeting the needs of seniors, listen to my interview with Shawn Bloom, President and CEO of the national PACE Association. PACE, or the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, has been around for more than 50 years and is a model centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in their community whenever possible.
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The Help Choose Home podcast series is a collaborative effort by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), Axxess, and corecubed to educate the public about the many benefits of the in-home care industry, which includes non-medical home care, private duty nursing care, medical home health, hospice, and other in-home health and wellness services.
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The Help Choose Home podcast series provides information and resources to help those with a care need learn more about healthcare at home. Podcasts are hosted by Merrily Orsini, Founder/Board Chair of corecubed, a marketing firm dedicated exclusively to helping aging care providers grow their business.