Since its inception in November 2021, Kansas Christian Home’s Homemaker Program has made its mark as an irreplaceable program in the healthcare center. Unlike nursing and home health departments which offer skilled medical care, homemakers focus on non-medical care needs.
As a partner program to the activities that KCH Life Enrichment Coordinators provide, KCH homemakers fill the gaps in social and emotional support that some residents continue to feel after the fallout from the pandemic.
The Homemaker Program wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of its leadership and team. Sherry Donnahoo, KCH homemaker supervisor, noticed residents developing self-isolating habits as a result of having been isolated during the pandemic. Now with homemakers ready to assist, residents are more encouraged to participate in group activities and are seen at least three times a week.
As an intergenerational program, KCH homemakers are local high school students who exhibit social skills, confidence, and empathy for others. When asked what they’ve learned as a result of being a KCH homemaker, they shared how it’s important to build trust with the residents, take initiative during their workday and show leadership qualities.
To learn more about this program or to volunteer, contact Tasha Vela, Chief Nursing Officer for KCH at (316) 283-6600.