Zenaida Bourbon and her 90-year old mother, Flora Vargas, feared they would have to give up the place they have called home for many years. Zenaida has congenital muscular dystrophy, and her mother has diabetes mellitus. Both of them need regular care to manage their health.
As each of them gradually needed more help, they realized they could not remain living at home without assistance.
Jewish Home’s Home Health Care program allows both women to receive the care they require while continuing to live together in their own home.
Nurse Yvette Solomon comes every two weeks to provide routine check-ups and to ensure Flora maintains the protocol of her diabetes management. Their doctor visits at least once a month. The ladies also enjoy a regular schedule of visits from home health aides, volunteers, and nurses.
Even when no staff is visiting, Zenaida and Flora are connected to the health center through their Health Buddies, telehealth devices that connect them to a nurse via phone line and allow them to send daily health statistics such as blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and answers to general health questions to a nurse who is ready to respond if something seems wrong.
With Jewish Home’s help, Zenaida and Flora are doing more than staying healthy; they feel secure, at ease, and, with their steady stream of visitors, not alone.