Congress Member Tim Bishop Connects with Home Care

Makes personal visit to 94-year-old Coram home care patient

CORAM, NY—Coram resident and home care recipient, Sylvia Brotman today was visited by Congress Member Tim Bishop (D-NY-1), a key figure in the health reform effort in Washington. Ms. Brotman has received home care services from Oakdale-based, South Shore Home Health Services, for approximately 18 months. Home care services enable Ms. Brotman, who is 94 years old, to live at home, in her community, while managing multiple chronic medical conditions. Without these services, Ms. Brotman, would experience greater physical challenges as a result of her pain, fatigue, and limited mobility, and would eventually end up in a nursing home.

“Home care allows patients like Ms. Brotman to remain in the community, while receiving the services they need to be safe and independent,” Congressman Bishop said. “Expanding access to cost-effective and patient preferred home care is one way to better serve the elderly, disabled, and chronically-ill.”

“We are honored that Congress Member Bishop took the time to meet Sylvia and our staff,” said Eileen Gerard, South Shore Home Health Services. “Since 1985, South Shore Home Health Services has been a regional leader in the home health care field. We are a nationally-accredited home care agency, committed to ensuring and maintaining patient choice, dignity and well-being. We are happy to have the opportunity to share our work with Congress Member Bishop and the broader Long Island community.”

“As a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, Congress Member Bishop is working hard to solve our nation’s health care situation,” said Phyllis A. Wang, HCP President. “I am pleased he took the opportunity to observe home care, because it is an affordable long-term care solution that can help address the nation’s growing health care costs.”

Congress Member Bishop’s visit was arranged by the New York State Association of Health Care Providers, Inc. (HCP), a statewide trade association representing the full spectrum of home care and hospice agencies in New York. HCP’s Home Care Connect program provides State and Federal Legislators—as well as the media—the opportunity to experience the benefits of home and community-based care.