Youngstown State University
I had the opportunity to explore the operation of Youngstown Comfort Keepers, a non-medical home health services company, during my Spring 2018 practicum. The focus of most of my graduate work has involved aspects of home health and caregiver support. These are areas I found most compelling even prior to studying gerontology.
Youngstown Comfort Keepers is a family-owned business that offers a positive working environment for its staff and reliable service to its clients and their families. There are even transportation and home modification divisions to enhance their service. I have learned about navigating the complex requirements Comfort Keepers must meet to be eligible to care for government-funded clients, as well as the realities of training employees and scheduling care for a large caseload of clients. I respect these efforts because I know the demand for these services is great, and I was able to see how much help some clients require.
Participating in the Scholars in Aging program has been an enriching experience as well. It has introduced me to the professionals who run the Department of Aging in Columbus, the state legislators overseeing it, and emerging professionals in the aging network. I am grateful for the opportunity and for the network of knowledgeable professionals I am joining.