SOURCE: Interim HealthCare

Interim HealthCare

October 01, 2010 15:00 ET

Interim HealthCare Teams Up With ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Healthcare Franchise Leader Provides Services to East Setauket, NY Family

SUNRISE, FL--(Marketwire - October 1, 2010) -  Interim HealthCare® Inc., the nation's first and finest healthcare and in-home senior care franchise company, is donating in-home, non-medical care to the Lutz family of East Setauket, NY, in the Town of Brookhaven, as part of the October 3rd episode of ABC's Emmy-winning hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The local Interim HealthCare in New York, owned and operated by Jim Watson, is providing the family's six young adult children, all of whom have Down syndrome, with a staff member to assist with companionship and homemaker care. The in-kind donation totals 20 hours per week for a year.

"Interim HealthCare became aware of the needs of the Lutz family several months ago, and as an in-home care company specializing in services the Lutz family needed, we felt compelled to help," said Jim Watson, owner of Interim HealthCare of Greater New York. "We know firsthand the struggles that families encounter when they are the primary caregivers for their relatives, and we knew Interim HealthCare could certainly be of assistance in this case."

Unable to have any children of their own, Grace and John Lutz gave their hearts to 18 adopted children, including seven with Down syndrome. After the couple unexpectedly passed away, their daughter Kathleen, gladly gave up her career and came home to take care of her six Down syndrome siblings who currently range in age from 20 to 25 years old. Everyone agreed that putting the kids in a group home or institution was not an option. It was a good plan, until Kathleen unexpectedly had a grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Her brother John Jr., was next to help, sacrificing his career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his sister and other siblings. Kathleen's health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team.

For more information about Interim HealthCare in Stony Brook, NY please contact Ellen Hamburger, Branch Administer at 631-689-8920. The local office is open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday, and can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

About Interim HealthCare:
Founded in 1966, Interim HealthCare® is the nation's oldest proprietary national health care franchise organization providing health care personnel at all skill levels in all settings. Through a comprehensive network of more than 300 independently owned franchise offices, Interim HealthCare® franchisees are the largest combined provider of community-based home care (skilled and non-medical) and health care staffing. Interim HealthCare is unique in combining the commitment of local ownership with the support of a national organization that develops innovative programs and quality standards that improve the delivery of service through franchisees who employ more than 75,000 health care workers who serve 50,000 people each day. For more information or to locate an Interim HealthCare office, visit www.interimhealthcare.com.

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Emmy award winning reality program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," is entering its 7th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

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