Slick roads cause challenges for homebound seniors

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Updated: 2/21/2013 9:54 am Published: 2/20/2013 11:42 pm

The snow and slush made caregivers’ commute a challenge on Wednesday morning.  

Owasso’s Visiting Angels organization spends countless hours each month visiting with 30 different elderly people. 

There are about 50 caregivers who drive to each of their older clients’ homes to help them.  Some caregivers stay several days at a time with a client and some stay a couple hours a time.  

The snow has forced many of them to find new routes to their clients.

“I have spun out, been blown out, and had to pull over on the side of the road several time on my way to a client’s home,” said Latise McCormick. 

McCormick is currently working with four clients but has been with Visiting Angels for five years. 

“My boss, the director, has had to come and pick me up to take me to take me to my client.”

There are 450 Visiting Angels organizations all over the world from South America to South Korea. 

The Owasso director, Page Cole, has picked up caregivers to take them to their clients homes.

“When we had the ice storm in 2007, that is when we first started and we learned fast, that communication is everything,” said Cole.  

“We are good at it now. We will send mass texts to caregivers and call those who do not receive texts or emails. We check in with them and expect them to check in with us. Two years ago in the snow storm, for three days straight I woke up at 6:00 a.m. and picked up and dropped off caregivers until 8:00 p.m. because that is what our clients are needed.  I think of every client as if they were my own mother or father because that is someone’s mother or father.”

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