Mount Pleasant Magazine Nov/Dec 2023

115 | | Katharine Hassell, a case manager for BeWell@ Home, was featured in our last issue. She is an advocate for BeWell@Home members in three main areas including hospitals, caregiving agencies and insurance companies. Kathy Haney has been a member of the BeWell@Home program for over five years and has quite a story to tell. A year ago, Haney lived at home and was independent in all acts of daily living. A former English professor at the College of Charleston for 26 years, Haney introduced a remedial English class to the CofC curriculum for students who needed more attention with their writing. “I have been with BeWell over five years. My wellness coordinator stepped in after my second knee was replaced. I had assistance in my home. They helped with my laundry, shopping and different chores. They took care of everything,” Haney explained. Haney first heard of BeWell@Home within her friend circle and came along to hear a presentation. “I signed up before I left the presentation. It was a no-brainer.” Hassell has been Kathy’s wellness coordinator for three years. “I love listening to her talk about her life. I’m Kathy’s advocate and I take that role very seriously.” As a world traveler, Haney took a Safari trip in Africa last year. A truly rare and magnificent experience. Haney cut her toe boarding a small bush plane. Once she arrived back in the States, she quickly had her toe inspected, but her health started to decline. Hassell arranged for a caregiver to help her unpack and get back on track, but she still wasn’t feeling like herself. It turned out Haney was suffering from a serious infection from the cut on her toe. BeWell@Home gave Haney an emergency alert when she was staying home which she ended up using to call EMS. Once Haney got to the hospital, she started a journey fighting for her life. Haney was diagnosed with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) which ultimately caused damage to her spine, impairing Haney’s ability to walk on her own. Haney was admitted last September to the Keil Health Care Center at Franke at Seaside. When asked about her wellness coordinator, she stated that “Katharine is and has been my guardian angel. The BeWell Program has been with me every step of the way. She has been my voice.” Haney has fought hard for the last year of her life to establish a new normal with Hassell and the BeWell@Home program at her side. If you know a senior who will benefit from this program, please reach out to them today. Every person’s needs are different and BeWell@Home is there to figure out how they can best help each individual. local commerce There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays. May the holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. Jake Prichard, 843.375.5035 or BeWell@Home is the only continuing care at home program in South Carolina. It provides the best benefits of long-term care insurance, along with wellness coordination services—for life. It can be used as a supplement to your long-term care insurance policy, or as a standalone option. IF HOME IS WHERE YOU WISH TO BE FOR THE HOLIDAYS & YEARS TO COME, LET US HELP YOU PLAN FOR IT Now. BY MAURICE J. FRAZIER Guardian Angels BeWell@Home