SERVING EASTERN TENNESSEE FOR OVER 44 YEARS

OUR HISTORY

All communities have citizens who are homebound because of illness or disability. Many receive some assistance from insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. However, some have no medical insurance or their insurance does not cover care at home.

 

Like all communities, Anderson County citizens have been willing to provide limited in-home care for the needy, especially for their own family members. However, many individuals are left out because they have no family nearby or lack of funds to pay for insurance or assistance.

 

In the early 1970's, the Anderson County Community Action Committee learned that the Federal government proposed a pilot program designed to train unemployed individuals to provide home-health care. Such care would allow the sick and disabled to remain in their homes and delay the need to transfer them to an institution. Because most individuals prefer to remain in their homes, the assistance would actually improve the individual's quality of life and would also be more economical than care provided by institutions.

 

The Anderson County Community Action Committee, a group of volunteers, submitted a request to operate a pilot program. Their proposal was selected and theirs was one of only nine programs funded in the United States. They named the program Home Aide Services, Inc., and several dedicated staff and volunteers began providing assistance to the homebound in 1976. The services provided assisted the client with activities of daily living such as bathing, meal preparation, and housekeeping. Only limited medically related services were provided.

 

Pilot programs are intended to test the feasibility of an idea or to assist programs in getting started rather than providing continued operating funds. Home Aide Service soon needed to find a source of operating funds. Its board was successful in obtaining contributions from individuals, churches, and the United Way.

 

Home Aide Services was also impacted when the government health insurance programs began to play a major role in the home health field, and laws were passed requiring more stringent training for the staff of home health care providers. These laws essentially prevented the use of volunteers when health care was provided.

 

Home Aide Services met the challenge by hiring more professionals and providing additional training to its staff. Medicare and Medicaid then certified the Home Aide Services program and the agency could then charge governmental insurance plans for medically related services provided to some clients. This new source of income indirectly helps provide some of the staff required to serve individuals who lack insurance or whose medical condition is not covered by

insurance.

 

In 1989, Home Aide Services changed its name to Clinch River Home Health. The change was made because many in the community believed that the organization provided only homemaker type services. The mission remained essentially the same as before. To receive care, a client must be under the care of a doctor who has order home health for the patient. A Clinch River Home Health nurse, working with the doctor, visits the client and prepares a plan of care according to the client's needs.

 

Clinch River Home Health (CRHH), started out in 1975 with a $10,000 grant and a dream. It was organized as a way to assist the elderly and disabled to stay in their home and age in place. It was also part of the job training act by educating individuals who had never been in the workforce to become Home Health Aides. It continued on this track until 1982 when the Oak Ridge Health Department closed and transferred their home care patients to CRHH. At that point in time

we became a licensed health facility. Our license number is 0000000001.

We have not had a deficient area in our last 4 surveys completed by the Department of Health. We have since won a top 25% in the nation for customer satisfaction from Fazzi.

 

In 2019, Clinch River Home Health changed our name to Clinch River Home Healthcare to show the added care that we provide such as service to those who have worked in the energy industry and receive benefits under the EEOICPA & RECA programs.

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