A Conversation With Aamira Home Care Founder, Charronne Jones
There are over 11,000 registered home healthcare agencies throughout the country. Even with a large number of agencies, there has been a huge shortage in home healthcare workers during these times. Several factors have contributed to these shortages. Hospitals and other employers are hiring away home health workers with promises of better pay and benefits. Also, a lot staffers are burned out after working during the pandemic in difficult, anxiety-provoking circumstances. There is one woman in the home healthcare space who is looking to increase morale and education amongst caregivers to make home healthcare work fulfilling again.
Charronne Jones founded Aamira Home Care over a decade ago to fulfill her dream of helping seniors and others needing assistance with activities of daily living without leaving the comfort of their homes. Ms. Jones is a registered nurse with over thirty years of experience. As a registered nurse, she saw firsthand the powerful impact one person could have on the life of an individual living at home with day-to-day needs that they are no longer able to perform without assistance.
Ms. Jones and her dedicated staff of care managers and caregivers are dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for their clients and providing peace of mind for them and their families. We had the opportunity to interview Ms. Jones, whose agency is based in Annapolis Maryland, and get her professional insight into the home health industry.
What kind of person is a good candidate to become an in home caregiver?
Charronne: I would say someone who is compassionate, has the desire to learn, is patient, and more importantly flexible. Being compassionate is number one on the list because it encompasses caring, empathy and kindness all in one. These are things we all need from those around us, however, it is especially important when we are vulnerable or are in need of assistance. The desire to learn is necessary for every caregiver because providing home care is very different from providing care in a facility. Patience is a virtue necessary for everything. Lastly, flexibility, as you know we work with people, and in doing that, their needs, desires, and situations, change so we need individuals who do not mind adapting to those changes.
Who are good elderly candidates for receiving in-home care? Who are not?
Charronne: Surprisingly only about 70% of our clients are elderly. The client that would benefit most from our services are individuals that have the desire to remain at home. The individuals that would not be good candidates are those that may be abusive to our staff or others in the household. Some people need the structure of a facility.
When is it evident that an individual requires in-home caregiving?
Charronne: Usually, an individual that needs assistance with 2 or more ADL’s ( Activities of Daily Living)or IADL’s ( Instrumental Activities of Living). ADL’s are feeding one’s self, bathing, personal hygiene and grooming, toileting, and mobility. IADL’S are, homemaking, shopping, managing money, moving within the community, meal preparation, taking medications, and using the telephone or other communication device.
What does in-home caregiving typically pay today?
Charronne: Our pay scale varies with the case and level of care needed. Also the qualifications and credentials of the provider. We have the companion level care, CNAs, LPN’s and RN care managers. All of these would be on different pay scales.
How does facility care differ from in home care from the perspective of a caregiver?
Charronne: A lot of my staff come from facilities. When they transition to home care they find it enjoyable. They also find it to be more comprehensive and rewarding. Providing one on one care to individuals within their homes gives you the opportunity to cater to their needs in a more tailored way.
Aamira Home Care can be found online at https://www.aamirahomecare.com/