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Nursing service expands in area

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A Jeffersonville-based business that provides health care and other assistance for the elderly and disabled has expanded its services to the Columbus area and plans to hire 40 to 50 caregivers in the next six months.

Adaptive Nursing and Healthcare Services is renting an office in the United Way Center, 1531 13th St., and has begun providing services to Bartholomew and surrounding counties.

The business joins a growing number of companies in the area that are responding to a need for home care services, said Teresa Lorenz, lifespan options director for Aging & Community Services of South Central Indiana.

“We definitely need more high-quality nursing care,” said Lorenz, who said these types of organizations can assist people who want to stay in their homes longer before moving to a nursing facility.

She said home care also can bridge the gap for people when they are discharged from the hospital until they are able care for themselves again.

One of the services Aging & Community Services provides for its clients is coordinating this type of care with service providers.

Michael Root, Adaptive Nursing and Healthcare Services owner and president, said ANHS has grown to nearly 100 employees and 100 clients since opening in February 2012 in Clark County. He said he selected Columbus for a second office for several reasons, including the location, demographics and potential for business growth.

He said home nursing care programs are on the rise and he expects it to be a lasting trend with the growing number of elderly.

Root said he hopes his company’s hiring in Columbus can provide a positive economic impact for the area.

ANHS primarily serves patients who receive Medicaid funding for their home health care needs. Some services are provided through private pay or clients who have long-term care insurance.

Services cover a spectrum of care, from weekly visits to do laundry and cook meals to skilled nursing care provided on a daily basis. Short- and long-term assistance is available.

Clients include those who live alone and those who have spouses or other caregivers who live with them but are gone during part of the day for their jobs.

Root said the service can be as simple as a weekly visit to check on elderly relatives to make sure they are doing well, and if not, contact family members or health care providers. This can provide reassurance for out-of-town relatives.

Other clients need more intensive assistance with feeding, bathing, dressing and keeping up with household chores.

“Each person has a unique situation,” Root said, adding that costs for services depend on care received and can range from about $50 to $1,000 a week.

One of the goals for a service such as this is to help keep clients in their homes as long as possible so they can enjoy the comfort of their homes and achieve cost savings, he said.

ANHS also gives support and education to families to help them provide the proper level of care for their loved ones by providing client assessments and care plans.

Root said the business is looking for “incredibly caring” employees with experience in home care and with a range of skills, including cooking, cleaning and nursing, and those with other skills, such as certification in CPR.

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