In-Home Care

by David Erickson

For Maurika Moore, the CEO of Hestia In-Home Support of Missoula, the goal is to allow elderly people to live at home – where they’re comfortable – while they receive the medical care and other support that they need, all without breaking the bank. It’s an idea that goes against the traditional way of thinking. Many families believe that in-home care is far too expensive or far less comprehensive than assisted living. Moore aims to change that.

Hestia (the ancient Greek goddess of the home) is a physician-led, locally owned for-profit practice that works with a full interdisciplinary team to provide in-home services patients who are mostly in their 80s and 90s who don’t want to move to an assisted living facility but who don’t need hospice care. The company works with nurses, massage therapists, physical therapists, a dental hygienist, a life coach and more to visit patients in their home.

Moore has a background in hospice care and modeled her business off that.

Maurika Moore, CEO of Hestia In-Home Support, says the company can provide a wide range of services for people in their homes, from medical and personal care to help with daily chores.

Maurika Moore, CEO of Hestia In-Home Support, says the company can provide a wide range of services for people in their homes, from medical and personal care to help with daily chores.

“I have seen a great deal of success in hospice specifically, because it’s a whole team,” she said. “It’s not just one person providing care for somebody. And it’s physician-led so you have a lot more flexibility about what you can do. So I just took the same idea of a hospice team and packed out things like medical equipment and medication and homecare supplies. And when people get Hestia they can use their Medicare benefits for those types of things. Their drugs are covered and all those other things are still covered. But the care in the home by the team is something that is private-pay then, just like everything else. Just like assisted-living. But then we can do it at home, rather than someone having to move. So it’s a really exciting thing and it’s really new.”

Moore said there isn’t a model quite like Hestia in Missoula or anywhere else in the nation.

“Hestia isn’t like any health care company in the nation, and we really launched it to meet a specific
need,” she said. “We sort of want Missoula to get behind this movement because it starts in Missoula
and a lot of great companies have. And so it’s exciting to me to get our community around something like that, that we need nationwide.”

If people don’t want to move to an assisted living facility, her team will help them stay at home.

“Nobody is doing that,” she said. “And so we’ve seen such great success for families that are able
to stay in their homes and get the care that they’ve wanted.”

Many people believe that they can’t afford having a physician come to their home.

“We are less expensive than assisted living,” Moore said. “We are less expensive than any other option
at that time, and you don’t have to move. It’s a sustainable model, and hospice has already proved that. Yes, we are first-class care, but on a budget. The most exciting part for us is we can provide all these services.”

The company opened its doors last November and held a ribbon-cutting for their office at 2230 27th
Ave. this past February.

“Our goal is to help you live independently in your home, wherever that is,” said community
outreach director Stephanie Depew. “We aim to deliver meaningful care and peace-of-mind into your home and to honor your care choices with respect, compassion, and 24-hour medical accessibility. Your imagination is the limit as to what types of service we can provide.”

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