Morgan Morris, R.N., graduated from nursing school at the University of Charleston in 2012. After working at Charleston Area Medical Center helping deliver babies, Morris had another idea that would be better for her and her family.
She came to work for Comforts of Home, a personal assistant/ homemaker agency affiliated with EnActWV. She enjoys the job. “We are able to help people you know have spent their lives helping others,” she said. “We provide a sense of relief. It’s nice to see them have the help they deserve.”
Comforts of Home provides services for individuals through the Aged and Disabled Waiver program within the Bureau for Medical Services at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. It employs about 21 caregivers, with whom Morris works closely.
These caregivers assist clients with activities of daily living that include things like cooking, cleaning, bathing and helping them get dressed.
It’s more than that, however. “Caregivers transport clients for essential errands like the doctor visits, trips to the pharmacy, the grocery store and to pay bills and go to the post office. They can go shopping or see a friend or go to a community center. “
Morris also sees that Comforts of Home clients receive the attention they need following certain medical procedures. “If they go to the hospital for a visit, I go out and see them when they come out of the hospital to make sure everything is okay. If anything is wrong with them, I can make a drop-in visit anytime.”
While most of the organization’s current clients are in Putnam and Kanawha counties, it is also licensed to serve residents of Boone, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln and Mason counties. Comforts of Home can still take applications, but the waiting list for services provided by DHHR has reportedly swelled to thousands.
For more information about receiving an application for the Aged and Disabled Waiver program, contact Comforts of Home at 304-414-4475.