The Vermillion Rotary Club met on Tuesday at noon in the Freedom Forum on the USD Campus. The meeting was chaired by President Roger Kozak, with opening prayer led by Rev. Mercy Hobbs.
Joe Edelen led the group in singing Old McDonald Had A Farm, and Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Rev. Bob Grossmann introduced his guest Roland Osae-Oppong, an exchange student from Ghana, who will attend Vermillion High School for the coming year, and will be living with the Grossmann family.
President Kozak announced a "Club Organization" meeting for Sept. 12, at which time the various committees will present their plans for the coming year.
Our club will be manning the phones for South Dakota Public Television's call-a-thon this Thursday, Aug. 10. President Kozak also mentioned that our Rotary District Governor reported after a recent visit to our club that ours is a "very active club with no apparent weaknesses."
Our program this week was given by Jennifer Hovland, owner and operator of Heartland Home Care, Inc., of Vermillion. Hovland and her husband moved to this area some years ago so both could work at Gateway. When those jobs dried up, she recognized a need in the area for services that would enable elderly and handicapped people to live as long as possible at home.
Services provided specifically exclude medical services, but include light housekeeping, cooking, transportation, shopping with and for clients, companionship, pet care, and monitoring daily activities such as bathing. Daily time spent by Heartland workers with clients averages about three hours.
The care is charged at an average of $15 per hour, depending upon the kind of care given, which is covered by the persons being helped, with some help from Medicaid and private long-term care insurance. Certainly the cost is far less than nursing home or other long-term care facilities.
Hovland said that she is constantly looking for care-giver candidates, and that her firm presently serves four regular clients and about seven on an occasional basis.