This year Home Health United (HHU) is celebrating 30 years of serving local communities in southern Wisconsin. But this year is not just the company’s 30th anniversary. Kay Fry has been touching lives as a CNA with Home Health United for 30 years as well.
Throughout the years, Kay has touched more lives than she can count. Whether holding the hand of a patient near end-of-life, or providing support to a caregiver faced with losing a loved one, she has made an incredible impact on our program and those we serve.
When Kay started working as a CNA for Home Health United, it was a different era; death and dying were less talked about and people didn’t understand the importance of home health or hospice. Today people are more aware of hospice and the benefit of utilizing this type of service at end of life. In addition, Home Health United has expanded our services over the years, allowing us to help keep patients as independent as possible at home.
"I knew right away that I wanted to be a Hospice Aide," states Fry. "I think hospice has always been one of those programs where people don’t know what it is until they need it. I have people tell me all the time that they wish they would have called for hospice sooner. It is such a beautiful experience. It is so enriching. You learn so much from your hospice patients and it is inspiring to watch their journey. As a Hospice Aide I try to keep the patient comfortable and safe in their own home. It is very important to be in tune with your patient and their family at end of life."
Since 1908, when the Attic Angel Association sent the first visiting nurse into patient homes, to the emergence of the Visiting Nurse Service in Dane County in 1951, to their merger with Home Health United in 1999 patient care has been our focus.
We would not be able to do what we do without our amazing employees and volunteers. We are grateful for employees like Kay who have dedicated their work lives to helping patients during a time when they are the most vulnerable. As part of celebrating our 30th anniversary, Home Health United would like to recognize all our exceptional employees for everything they do.
Home Health United is a nonprofit organization providing a comprehensive variety of home care services, including: home health, hospice, palliative care, home medical equipment, personal emergency response systems, infusion pharmacy, immunizations, and community health services. For more information please visit HomeHealthUnited.org or call 800-924-2273.