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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • 'Right at Home' provides options

  • “Right at Home is an in-home care and assistance agency that provides your loved ones with the care and attention they deserve in the comfort of their own surroundings,” says Clarksdale, Miss. resident and Right at Home president, Will Bradham.
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  • “Right at Home is an in-home care and assistance agency that provides your loved ones with the care and attention they deserve in the comfort of their own surroundings,” says Clarksdale, Miss. resident and Right at Home president, Will Bradham. Through locally owned and operated facilities, RAH provides trained insured and bonded caregivers for a variety of elder care services. According to Bradham, there are many differences among companies offering in- home senior care. These differences include issues that can affect personal security, financial liability, legal responsibility, reliability of service and quality of care. These concerns should be made clear to you before you hire a care provider, he said. “The biggest difference among companies is the choice to use independent contractors,” stated Bradham. “With many companies, caregivers are not actually employees of the provider.” A referral agency arranges the care with private individuals and this situation creates questions such as: Who must meet normal employer obligations such as benefits and taxes, the provider or you and your family? Right at home is a national franchise and each office must meet established hiring, training, insurance and quality of care requirements for caregivers ¬ all of whom are employees of the local Right at Home office. Right at Home also offers a housekeeping service that can help clients accomplish their goals of maintaining a clean and orderly home regardless of age. “We do everything from housekeeping, mopping, washing clothes, ironing, vacuuming, dusting and dishes,” commented Bradham. Bradham reported that Right at Home started with one man, Allan Hager of Omaha, Neb. Hager began his right at home journey as a hospital administrator. After talking to dozens of families and understanding the different kinds of challenges they faced including what kind of care would help. He became a certified nursing assistant so he could experience the needs of people who were still living in their home but who needed some professional assistance. Hager, explained Bradham, started Right at Home in his home garage after quitting his job as a hospital CEO. He had one client at the time. Now there is a headquarters in Omaha and 275 franchisees in 5 countries. Bradham defined in-home care as providing a service other medical facilities do not provide. “We enhance the quality of life and give assistance to the family,” Bradham commented. Bradham, who has 10 years experience in sales and management with Sysco Food services, said he decided to get involved with Right at Home as a change in career direction. He firmly believes a company like his can help elderly clients, but also help local families who would otherwise have to give up jobs to look after elderly loved ones. Bradham said that he wanted to give back. Bradham recalled the time when his father developed lung cancer and having people in and out of the home to sit with him. "We discovered that toward the end of life, he withdrew a large amount of cash and some of it came up missing," said Bradham. “Right at Home tries to make sure that things like this don't happen. For more information, visit www.rahnorthms.com.

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