When You Just Need a Little Bit of Help

Growing older doesn’t have to mean giving up your home. You may just need a little help. That’s why Comfort Keepers exists.

“Our goal is to make sure every client stays at home as long as possible, while feeling safe and comfortable,” says Sarah Hass, territorial manager for Comfort Keepers. “Living independently despite disease and age-related conditions is important for physical and mental health.”

Hass works out of the Freeport office at 116 W. Exchange St., which is fully operational again after a three-year slowdown during the pandemic. The office serves people in Stephenson, JoDaviess, Carroll, DeKalb and Ogle counties and parts of Winnebago County. The Rockford office at 4855 E. State St. serves Rockford, Rockton, Roscoe, South Beloit and Beloit-Janesville.

Hass says her typical client has had one or more surgeries or is simply unable to keep up with normal home maintenance and self-care due to aging.

“It’s hard for people to admit to themselves what they can’t do,” she says. “It usually takes a crisis for people to realize their limits.”

Aging baby boomers need to understand they’re trendsetters, says Hass, who’s worked in healthcare for 17 years.

“Home care wasn’t popular 30 years ago and the resources weren’t available like they are today. Today we’re all working together to deliver the best care. That’s a real gamechanger.”

Comfort Keepers accepts private pay, VA medical insurance and long-term care insurance and doesn’t require a doctor’s referral.

As the need for care grows, so does opportunity for caregivers. Comfort Keepers is always looking for compassionate people who want to help clients with housekeeping, running errands or other tasks of daily living. Apply in person or online. Caregivers may work as few as four hours a week or provide around-the-clock care.

Clients may set up an at-home visit to discuss their needs.

Learn more by calling Comfort Keepers at (815) 229-9100 or go to comfortkeepers.com. ❚