Older Otoe County residents who need non-medical assistance to remain in their homes have a new organization to call upon for assistance. Caring for People Services, which is headquartered in Omaha, began offering services tailored to the needs of the individual client this month.
Services offered can include, but are not limited to, transportation, companionship, housekeeping, meal preparation, pet care or personal care, said Sandi Rippe, director of marketing and business development for Caring for People Services.
The company is also looking for compassionate caregivers in the county as it expands services beyond its offices in Lincoln and Omaha.
“Nebraska City has been very welcoming,” said Rippe, after meeting with representatives of the area’s assisted living facilities and senior centers. Rippe, who lives in Syracuse, has 27 years of health-care experience.
Caring for People Services is set up to accept payments from five different funding sources, said Rippe, including private pay, long-term care insurance, workers’ compensation, Veterans Administration funds or a Medicaid waiver.
All employees are insured and bonded, and caregiving services can be arranged to fit an individual’s schedule, said Rippe. Services can be available 24/7, and respite can be provided for regular caregivers, she added.
In addition to providing the personalized care an individual needs, Caring for People Services can also help a person identify and set up services that he or she might qualify for, said Rippe.
Caring for People Services was founded 10 years ago by John and Virginia Walker, who cared for their 26-year-old son, Thomas Layton, in their Omaha home as he lost his battle with brain cancer. They created the company to honor their son and to provide assistance that allows individuals to lead dignified, independent lifestyles in the safety and comfort of their own homes, according to company literature. The company employs about 100 people currently and has clients who range in age from 16 to 104. So far, four clients have arranged for services in Otoe County, said Rippe.
Anyone interested in learning more about the company’s services can call Rippe at (402) 269-0989. Complimentary interviews can be set up for potential clients to learn more about the company’s services.