Caring for body and soul Christian Home Health Care expands to River Parishes
Published Wednesday 14 December 2022 00:00
LAPLACE – The opening of a new satellite office at 948 Cambridge Drive Ste. 103A in LaPlace enables Christian Home Health Care to extend compassionate care to patients in St. John the Baptist, St. James, and St. Charles parishes.
A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new location on December 7th.
For more than 20 years, Christian Home Health Care has primarily served the New Orleans area with a range of home health services including Nursing (RN, LPN), Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medical Social Work, Home Nursing, Rx Program, Patient Clinic Days, Spiritual Support , permanent medical supplies, home visits from doctors and resources for seniors.
The company is currently led by CEO Elyana Davis, who is taking over the reins from her mother, Elaine Davis. Melissa Chriss serves as the administrator for the satellite office.
Chriss was introduced to the world of healthcare at a young age watching her mother, a registered nurse, take the leap of faith and start her own business. Her children soon became involved and Chriss has experienced all aspects of the field, from the spiritual side to collecting blood samples as a phlebotomist.
Elyana Davis was similarly confronted with domestic health at a young age. While Christian Home Health was founded in New Orleans in 1988, the Davis family purchased the company from bankruptcy court in 1999 after the original owner fell ill and made a last-ditch effort to save the business she had built.
Elaine Davis was hired to manage finances, but her passion for home health has guided the company’s direction for the past 20 years.
“I’m an accountant by trade, but my love for the elderly has led me to home health care. I’ve always had a passion when it comes to older people,” said Elaine Davis.
She fondly thinks back to long back-road drives through Louisiana with her dear Aunt Octavia, who often shared stories of how much the world had changed in her lifetime.
Elyana Davis inherited her mother’s compassion for others, especially the elderly. She has worked in both the clerical and nursing aspects of home health care for the last ten years.
“You meet a lot of great families and great patients out here. Nothing makes you feel like you’ve fulfilled your purpose like that moment when you’re walking in the sand of a grocery store and someone says, “Hey, you took care of my aunt or my sister or my brother,” Elyana said Davis. “It shows me that I have chosen the right niche in my career.”
Christian Home Health Care was one of the first home health care agencies to reopen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The company was based in town across the street from a FEMA disaster center that dispatched elderly patients in need of care after the storm.
In New Orleans, the Christian team formed two nonprofit 501C3 organizations to provide support and information services to seniors. Elyana Davis plans to get involved in the River Parishes community and work with local universities to bring much-needed resources to the area.
“Having the branch office in LaPlace is important because it’s difficult to bring nurses here from New Orleans,” Elyana Davis said. “We’re seeing the baby boomers need medical care and we’re now seeing younger patients who are sicker than some of the older patients. There really is a need and there is not enough care.”
Christian Home Health Care is recruiting qualified local RNs, LPNs, and CNAs who have a heart to care for others.
According to the team, what also sets Christian Home Health Care apart from other organizations is that it offers spiritual care.
“Medicare doesn’t require that we have this, but it is necessary. It doesn’t matter what faith you belong to. We just want people to experience encouragement above all else,” said Elaine Davis.
In order to receive GP services, a patient must be housebound and the services must be prescribed by a physician. For more information, call 985-703-5001.