Chris Haze has spent a long time in the business of people.
Prior to working for YWCA McLean County’s Home Care Services, Chris worked at
OSF St. Francis in patient registration, billing, and lab processing as a CNA.
“CNA work is hard to continue as you get older. I like this
work more because it’s more personal, you’re not locked in to one client and I
learn more about variety in people. After all, America is a variety of people.
I develop a rapport with them, tell stories, etc.,” says Haze.
Through Home Care Services, Haze cleans houses, does
laundry, reminds residents to take medication and fills various needs. Haze has
been serving the same people for four years. Haze, 62, feels he has a lot in
common with his clients, so he goes the extra mile to stay and chat with the
people he serves.
“A lot of the older people are easy to talk to; you learn
things about their lives like where they are from, what they have done and
their family [situation]. For example, I have a ‘cat lady’ client, who enjoys
feeding the animals. She has a way with animals.”
Haze makes important connections with the elderly in our community:
he takes the time to listen to them, get to know them, and provide them
The mission of Home Care Services is to keep residents of
McLean County living as independently as possible even when they need a little
help. Home Care Services is also a great resource for anyone over the age of 18
who may need assistance around the home—not just the elderly. Whether it’s a
temporary arrangement (in the case of injury or surgery recovery) or something
more long term, YWCA Home Care Services extends a helping hand to anyone who
An issue that is often faced by the elderly in need is the
absence of a caretaker; some people may not have children who are capable of
helping them with their daily activities and needs. Without proper in-home care,
people are often moved to assisted living communities or nursing homes—an expensive
solution that can be upsetting if it’s against someone’s will.
“Even the nicest one is still not your home. Cat lady, she
probably couldn’t have her own animals. It would make her very lonely. She has
friends, but no family,” says Haze.
For those with no family or just seeking to make new friends,
the Home Care staff becomes vital to socialization.
“Often I am the only one who sees them. I let them know if
there is something going on in the building—parties and potlucks so they can be
social. I am the link to the community that they need. It is a good feeling
knowing I’ve made a difference in their lives,” says Haze.
Companionship can be one of the biggest services a community
member provides. The entire staff of YWCA’s Home Care Services, Chris Haze
included, will continue to meet the needs of residents across McLean County, with
a helping hand and a friendly face.