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When Yvette McCoin’s mother, Janice McCoin, lost her vision after undergoing brain surgery, doctors suggested moving Janice to a nursing home for 24-hour care. McCoin felt that family would be better apt to provide assistance, so she took it upon herself to become her mother’s full-time caregiver. When McCoin made that decision, she knew a lot of new responsibilities were going to be added to her plate, so she decided to work together with her siblings to offer Janice the attention needed.

One day, McCoin took her mother to a routine doctor’s visit and was informed by a social worker that there was a program available to help people talking care of aging or disabled family members. At first, McCoin was hesitant to let anyone else get involved in the situation.

“I said, I’m OK, I don’t need any help. I told them that my siblings help me out. She insisted they could help me take care of my mother. I put it off at first, but two months later I gave them a call, and they told me about Caregiver Homes,” said McCoin.

Caregiver Homes of Indiana is an organization that assists families in providing 24-hour care for elders and disabled individuals by offering professional support and financial assistance. In order to qualify, a caregiver must be over the age of 18 and cannot be the spouse or guardian of the person receiving care. The designated caregiver, who is typically a relative of the one receiving care, is assigned a nurse and care manager to help solve day-to-day challenges. Because being a caregiver is a full-time commitment that many people such as McCoin quit their jobs to take on, Caregiver Homes of Indiana provides a modest cash stipend to help with expenses. 

Emily Arent, a branch manager with Caregiver Homes of Indiana, feels the organization often assists people who are out of options.

“I feel very proud to do what I do, because we are very mission-driven. It can be so powerful to be that support of guiding force when someone doesn’t know where to turn,” said Arent.

She thinks the program helps keep caregivers in good spirits during difficult times. 

“Caregiving is really hard work, and I think so often it can be really isolating,” said Arent. “Our main goal is to support them so they feel like they are not alone. We are the people in their corner rooting for them as they make the best of the situation.” 

McCoin feels being her mother’s caregiver helps to keep her mother’s spirits high, as well. 

“You know mothers and daughters, every now and again we have a disagreement, but she would definitely rather be at home. My mother can do for herself but just needs help from time to time,” said McCoin. “The team that I have is awesome. They can help you out with medical things like issues with meds. If you don’t want to call the doctor, they are there. You can call, and they call right back.” 

Caregiver Homes of Indiana’s main office is located in Indianapolis, but families statewide can take advantage of the program. They have branches throughout the state in Anderson, Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Jeffersonville, Merrillville and South Bend. 

For more information on Caregiver Homes of Indiana, visit caregiverhomes.com or call (866) 797-2333. 

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