New home care provider offers free evaluation of fall hazards

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 am

Two military veterans have opened an Omaha location of Synergy HomeCare. The home health service provides companionship, help with activities of daily living, and care for people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other conditions.

Local franchise owners Matt Bratsburg, an Air Force reservist at Offut Air Force Base, and his wife, Julie Bratsburg, a Marine veteran, said they want to help keep seniors in their own homes longer, and also want to help expectant and new mothers and people dealing with injuries and illnesses. The couple, of Greenwood, say they have a special focus on helping veterans and seniors in rural areas around Omaha.

As part of its in-home care consultation, Synergy is offering free in-home safety assessments to help people avoid the risk of falls, saying that falls are the leading cause of injuries, hospital visits and death for seniors. Synergy will look for hazards and make suggestions for changes.

“Everybody loves rugs, but they’re such a safety hazard,” Julie Bratsburg said.

The consultation also involves a conversation about seniors’ needs and medical history.

Additionally, the Omaha location will, for free, connect veterans with Veterans Administrations services.

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