Not long ago in Norwalk, Ohio, near Sandusky, a home care company shuttered its doors, making it more difficult for seniors and disabled adults throughout the community to receive adequate care when they needed it. Now, a second agency is following suit.
According to reports, Care Companion no longer provides care to most of its clientele as of last month. According to a representative at the company, it is providing some basic services to certain clients who had already been receiving care, but were paying for those services privately.
At issue appears to be Medicaid licensure. It appears that Care Companion was unable to receive a renewed license to provide services to its clients and be reimbursed through the Medicaid system. It is unclear why they were unable to receive this renewed licensure, but it will directly impact a number of aging and disabled citizens throughout the community.
According to the Norwalk Reflector news blog, Care Companion home health care business closes, written by Zoe Greszler:
“The loss of the businesses could leave a gap of services provided in the community, particular among the older popular. Care Companion provided services to the aging population through the state, including assisting with personal care, companionship, transportation, shopping needs, cleaning and laundry services and meal preparation.”
Some aging seniors who require home care may have a difficult time finding replacement caregivers, especially if they have depended on medical services through a visiting nurse. It was unclear just how many home care agencies in the region could accommodate the former clients of Care Companion.
According to the owner of Comfort Keepers, which closed its doors previously, they were concerned about making sure as many of their clients could continue to receive services without any gaps. Comfort Keepers owner Penny Gregory stated:
“Because the care our former clients receive is critical to their ability to maintain their quality of life and remain in their homes, we have worked with Medicaid case managers and other area in-home care agencies to arrange care for all our clients. Additionally, we have been working with those agencies to place our former employees as caregivers to minimize care disruptions and help our former team members land on their feet. We thank the Norwalk and Firelands region for welcoming us into the community and are sad to say goodbye.”
There was no direct word from any Medicaid representative regarding these issues and if they are isolated or it may become a growing trend that could negatively impact more seniors and disabled adults throughout the state or in other regions of the country.
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