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FAIRMONT — Interim HealthCare, a home care provider, recently aligned with The Meadows Village Cooperative in Fairmont to provide health care services at the site.

An informational presentation for members took place this week at The Meadows.

Interim HealthCare of Mankato is a family-owned franchise that is part of a national network of franchise offices with more than 50 years of experience. Amy Lago, president, along with her parents and co-founders, Wayne and Nancy Drury, has ties to Fairmont and Martin County.

Interim’s unique alliance with The Meadows is the first of its kind and will provide members with services both medical and non-medical that they have not been offered before.

“Our goal is to make sure we can help you stay home for as long as you can without having to leave to get help,” said Wayne Drury.

The family found their passion for home health care after they witnessed the decline of Lago’s grandmother. She had Alzheimer’s and was taken out of the home. Lago’s grandfather would visit her daily but would be devastated when he had to leave to go home.

“We decided to bring my grandma home and let her live her life there,” Lago said. “I remember when we picked her up from the facility, she turned and looked at me and said, ‘I’m going home.’”

The Meadows allows members to live an independent life. RealLife Management takes care of the grounds and the building, while members own their own homes within it, allowing them to live a safe, secure and independent life. However, there are no nurses or aids on staff, so should a member require extra help, they would have to leave their home to receive it. That’s why The Meadows is teaming up with Interim. Members can stay in the comfort of their own home to receive extra help, and The Meadows doesn’t lose any members.

“This is a major move for the co-op,” said Wayne Drury.

Interim offers services that seniors living at home can request. These range from personal care, to companionship to homemaking.

“We do provide free assessments so we can see what you need,” Lago explained. “That way we can plan ahead and find a care provider that will fit your needs. And then if and when the time comes that you need help, we’ll be ready to go.”

Lago went on to say that because everyone is unique and needs varies, Interim works to cater to he individual needs. Some people may just need a ride to the store or a blood pressure check, while someone else might need help with personal care, such as bathing or grooming.

Those at Interim are especially excited about their HomeLife Enrichment Program. It focuses on the individual as a whole person, addressing needs of the mind, body, family and spirit. The program has proven to help individuals thrive in an environment that keeps them involved and engaged.

Right now, the Interim regional office is in Mankato, but Drury says they are looking at putting an office in Fairmont as well. All of the caregivers at The Meadows are local to Fairmont.

“We hope it will bring everyone peace of mind, knowing that we’re here and able to help,” Lago said.

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