Shari McCarten, branch manager for the Verona office of ResCare Home Care, is our guest blogger for the week of June 10, 2013. ResCare Home Care offers skilled and non-skilled home care and also offers an elaborate monitoring system called Rest Assured.

Shari’s article details two different scenarios in which home care positively impacted the lives of two individuals, Tony and Barry:

Tony lives in Verona in a carriage house that is on his daughter’s property. Tony is an 85 year old man who has been in excellent health up until this past year. He had a subdural hematoma and was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Upon his discharge from the hospital, he was told that he would need a live in home health aide. The family hired someone privately but soon realized that when the aide needed time off or if there was a problem, they had no backup. The patient’s health improved so he was able to discontinue the aide. His daughter however, still did not feel comfortable leaving him alone in his home. This patient was referred to my home care agency and I provided the daughter with information on a monitoring system that we offer called Rest Assured. This system is individually tailored to each patient’s needs and the daughter felt that it was perfect for her dad. He was able to stay in his home alone and still be monitored on a daily basis. When Tony needed to be hospitalized again, the family wanted to hire a live in home health aide. We were able to put the monitor system on hold and get a live in aide to be with Tony 24 hours 7 days per week. When our aide needed time off, we made sure to get a replacement so Tony was never left alone. Since Tony has both the monitoring system and a home health aide, he is able to stay in his home safely.

Barry is a 16 year old child with Cerebral Palsy residing in Newark. He is contracted, nonverbal, and has a feeding tube. His mother has medical issues so she is unable to care for him. Through Medicaid, our agency provides 16 hours a day of nursing visits plus 23 hours per week of an hourly home health aide. The aide takes care of all of Barry’s personal care, such as bathing dressing, light housekeeping and laundry. The nurse makes sure that Barry’s medical needs are met and that he remains safe and comfortable in his home. Since Barry receives all of this home care, he is able to stay home with his mom and not be placed in a facility. He is also able to attend school and socialize with other children like himself.

ResCare HomeCare has assisted many different types of patients. We accept private pay, Medicaid, and Long Term Care Insurance. We help keep people in their homes so that they can achieve their ultimate level of independence. For more information, contact:

Shari McCarten at (973) 233 9800

…or by mail at:

ResCare Home Care
80 Pompton Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044


Benjamin D. Eckman, Esq. concentrates his practice on Elder Law & Estate Planning. Elder law is intended to broadly assist “extended living”. An elder law practitioner provides the legal information necessary for persons whose lives will extend or have already extended beyond the time when all children are usually out of the house and when regular employment ceases. After the elder law attorney and client complete their work, legal documents have been drafted, tax considerations have been analyzed, and a plan to protect the elder’s estate has been implemented.

Benjamin D. Eckman’s practice focuses on Estate Planning & Elder Law – legal issues facing senior citizens. Benjamin D. Eckman received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Accounting from Touro College and his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Elder Law Section and Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Union County Bar Association, Passaic County Bar Association and the Bergen County Bar Association. He can be reached at (973) 709-0909, (908) 206-1000 or (201) 263-9161.