Realizing that many elderly people would be able to remain in their homes rather than being sent to a nursing home or could be discharged sooner from the hospital if they just had a little help - someone to help them with cooking and light housekeeping because their hands were gnarled with arthritis or someone to monitor their general health status and help them bathe following hospitalization - in 1973 a group of community leaders began a grassroots effort to develop such a program.
Recognizing the value of such a vital program, the group soon expanded into a larger Steering Committee, which included representatives of the County Delegation and Commissioners, the New Hampshire Division of Welfare, local hospitals, visiting nurse and mental health associations, housing authorities, religious groups, mental health, and housing associations, senior centers and the legal profession.
On March 22, 1974, five members of that Steering Committee incorporated the Agency as a nonprofit homemaker/home health aide service. Soon after, with a staff of ten aides who each worked 20 hours per week, the Agency began offering services to meet its original mission - to prevent or postpone unnecessary or premature hospitalization or institutionalization.
Over the years, the Agency has grown from a staff of 10 part-time homemakers to a staff of more than 100 and from an original nine-month budget of $75,000 to an annual operating budget of more than $3 million.
Over the years, The Homemakers has continued to expand the services it offers to meet the increasing needs of adults in our community and to provide a complete continuum of care.
Services provided by The Homemakers Health Services now include: nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies; behavioral health, medical social worker, home health aides, personal care service providers, homemakers, in-home care providers and adult day care. In addition, The Homemakers provides many community wellness programs including an Alzheimer's Support Group, Alzheimer's Education for Caregivers, and flu and blood pressure clinics.
The Homemakers Health Services has also expanded its service area to include all of Strafford County as well as part of Carroll and Rockingham counties.