Submitted by Caleb Roseme and Samanta Descombes-Roseme, owners of Assured Quality Homecare
Connecticut recently assembled a Homemaker Companion Task Force to study issues concerning homemaker-companion agencies, as such agencies are defined in sections 20-670 of the general statutes. The task force comprises of home care agencies, non-profits who work with home care agencies, the Connecticut Depart of Consumer Protection Agency (which oversees homemaker companion agencies), and various other individuals, and they’ve been meeting biweekly to discuss matters concerning homemaker-companion agencies.
Caleb Roseme, Chief Operation Officer of Assured Quality Home, has closely followed these meetings by communicating with the committee members and watching the live YouTube recordings. After hearing from Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection and the Department of Health on October 21, 2022, about the state of homemaker-companion agencies in Connecticut, the task force has scheduled a public hearing on November 4th to hear from home care agencies, families of people who have or are receiving homecare, and others alike about their perspectives on the state of home care in Connecticut.
Assured Quality Homecare was started by Samanta (Sam) Descombes-Roseme, Caleb’s wife, because when she was working as a hospice nurse caring for the elderly with terminal illnesses, her greatest frustration was that the caregivers hired by her patients' families had no idea what they were doing. It negatively affected her patients' well-being and comfort. After investigating the matter, she found that Connecticut set no standards for home care agency owners or the caregivers they hired to care for others. As a result, anyone could be employed as a caregiver with little to no experience, training, certification, or supervision. It’s been seven years since Sam started Assured Quality Homecare, and the standards for home care in Connecticut have not improved.
Seven people were scheduled to speak in the November 4th task force hearing. Caleb represented Assured Quality Homecare, its clients, and caregivers to discuss raising Connecticut's home care standard. Caleb focused on two critical points:
JOIN OUR FIGHT TO RAISE THE STANDARD FOR HOME CARE by watching the recording of the hearing, sharing this with a friend or family, or reaching out to your local state representative to express your concern about the need for change in home care.
The Assured Quality Homecare Team
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