–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: Feb 19, 2019
The Christian Home Care was named a Top Workplace for the sixth consecutive year. CHC is one of only six businesses throughout northwest Ohio in various industries to achieve that recognition. CHC is the only home care business to have obtained the Top Workplace award every year since the program’s inception.
Owners Sue Wendt and Keith Johnson live in the Sylvania area. They believe in helping the community to remain strong and vital. Johnson is a former Sylvania High School graduate and Wendt’s children were graduates of Northview High School.
“Everyone here cares about our community and says that caring starts ‘at home’ with our CHC family of employees and clients,” Wendt noted. “We invest in our people so they can be blessed and be a blessing. Over the years we have participated in various chamber of commerce events and supported many local charity initiatives.”
Wendt and Johnson are extremely proud of this award for CHC because the Top Workplace recognition is achieved through surveys completed by the staff and caregivers. The business is built on relationships between those in the CHC family and those they serve following its Founding Core Values: Family First, Empower Our People, Provide Exceptional Service, Build Lasting Relationships, Promote Dignity, Respect the Individual, Care About Our Community, Exemplify Christian Values and Ethics.
“Christian Home Care is very fortunate that, unlike other home care agencies, many of our staff and caregivers have been part of CHC since it’s inception. Longevity of staff and caregivers helps us to maintain consistency and the culture that we want to foster here,” Wendt states.
Christian Home Care’s philosophy embraces being the Hands, Head, Heart and Feet of Jesus to others, taking care of others as they would care for their own family members. Clients receive exceptional service as is witnessed by the many testimonials on the firm’s website: christianhomecare.com. Wendt believes that being locally owned offers more flexibility in tailoring the service to each client’s unique situation, his or her specific needs and expectations.
The cost of the service is private pay and is not covered by health insurance, Medicare or government funded programs. Services offered include both personal care and companionship. Personal care includes showering, hygiene, grooming, assistance with toileting, ambulation, transfers, medication reminders, and exercises (range of motion). Nursing assistants and companions supply domestic assistance as well: light house-keeping, laundry, meal prep along with transportation for appointments, errands, social events and more. They also offer respite and end-of-life assistance in conjunction with various hospice programs.
CHC welcomes those with caregiving experience who have a nursing assistant certificate or are currently in a nursing program. CHC has many nursing students from Lourdes University along with those from UT and other area programs. CHC offers paid CEUs, ability to earn paid time off, quarterly, annual and employee milestone bonuses, and access to affordable supplemental insurances including dental and vision. Melissa Swartz R.N. supervises all of the caregivers and client cases. She insures all of the caregivers credentials are up to date. Caregivers are thoroughly vetted; they are all insured and bonded; complete a one-or two-step interview process, T.B. test, background checks (local, state and federal) and physical exam. Caregivers must have reliable transportation and valid insurance. Caregivers attend a lengthy orientation and then are scheduled for mentoring shifts with seasoned co-workers prior to having their first client on their own.
“If you are an empty nester with caregiving experience who is looking for purpose, or know of someone else that is, Christian Home Care might be the place for you/them. You are welcome to apply online or check with the office about our next open recruitment date, which is normally the first Friday of every month,” Wendt invited.
“The Christian Home Care staff and caregivers look forward to Christian Home Care celebrating its 10th anniversary this year in September and they look forward to the next 10 years and beyond,” Wendt emphasized.