healing on the home front
patient Kasey Davis (born premature) with her BAYADA caregiver Bob Bulafka, PNP.
The faces, voices, and stories
of home health care.
by Jan C. Almquist and Ann De Forest
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healing on the home front
patient Kasey Davis (born premature) with her BAYADA caregiver Bob Bulafka, PNP.
The faces, voices,
and stories of
home health care.
by Jan C. Almquist and Ann De Forest
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healing on
the home front
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patient Kasey Davis (born premature) with her BAYADA caregiver Bob Bulafka, PNP.
The faces, voices,
and stories of
home health care.
by Jan C. Almquist and Ann De Forest
BAYADA caregiver Kathleen Mitros, RN.

This stunning book of portraits, profiles, and documentary photographs takes readers to the heart of a quiet revolution happening in health care today. In the U.S., some 12 million people require some form of home health care, with costs surpassing $72.2 billion.

Yet the impact of home health care remains a hidden story. Photographer Jan C. Almquist and writer Ann de Forest traveled to 24 homes — of patients and their caregivers — to provide an inside glimpse of what happens when healing takes place in the comfort and dignity of home. Healing on the Home Front documents lives upended by illness, yet transformed by the steady, compassionate attention of a nurse, aide or therapist. The stories celebrate the unique bonds formed between patients, their families and their caregivers. In its words and images, this book offers eloquent testimony to the value of home health care in society today.

BAYADA caregiver Kathleen Mitros, RN.

This stunning book of portraits, profiles, and documentary photographs takes readers to the heart of a quiet revolution happening in health care today. In the U.S., some 12 million people require some form of home health care, with costs surpassing $72.2 billion.

Yet the impact of home health care remains a hidden story. Photographer Jan C. Almquist and writer Ann de Forest traveled to 24 homes — of patients and their caregivers — to provide an inside glimpse of what happens when healing takes place in the comfort and dignity of home. Healing on the Home Front documents lives upended by illness, yet transformed by the steady, compassionate attention of a nurse, aide or therapist. The stories celebrate the unique bonds formed between patients, their families and their caregivers. In its words and images, this book offers eloquent testimony to the value of home health care in society today.

BAYADA patient Olivia Ruth (cerebral palsy) main portrait image.
Olivia Ruth

Twenty-year-old Olivia, who has cerebral palsy, talks excitedly about her passion for animals, her work at a goat farm, and her dream of becoming a speech therapist. Liv, as family and friends call her, has always found ways to participate in the things she loves to do. “I've basically been raised to think, ‘you're normal — just different,’ which I'm actually very appreciative of,” she says. When she was an infant, 12 weeks premature, bleeding in her brain disrupted the signals between brain and muscles. Today, she wryly explains her condition as a basic failure to communicate. As she wrote in a recent blog post, “It's like my brain's speaking English, but my muscles speak Japanese.”

BAYADA patient Olivia Ruth house image.
BAYADA patient Olivia Ruth with her family.

“I've basically been raised to think, ‘you're normal — just different,’ which I'm actually very appreciative of.”

BAYADA patient Olivia Ruth portrait image, outtake.
BAYADA patient Olivia Ruth with BAYADA Home Health Aide Jaclyn Arrigan.
BAYADA patient Olivia Ruth with BAYADA Home Health Aide Jaclyn Arrigan, black and white reportage image.
BAYADA patient Olivia Ruth with brother Tim Ruth.
BAYADA patient Olivia Ruth's various awards, black and white reportage image.
BAYADA patient Jack Freedman (spinal muscular atrophy) main portrait image.
Jack Freedman

When Jack was six months old and first diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), his parents found it difficult to stay positive. Doctors told them not to expect their baby to live much beyond the age of 2. SMA has no treatment and no cure. “We were left without hope,” says his father Al.

Hope arrived unexpectedly, wearing nurses' scrubs. The team that Jack required for his care lifted the household mood as the nurses expertly guided the family through the complex new world of feeding tubes and ventilators and other specialized equipment the fragile baby would need to survive day-to-day. “They made me feel stronger as a parent,” Al says.

BAYADA patient Jack Freedman with father Al Freedman.
BAYADA patient Jack Freedman profile portrait.
BAYADA patient Jack Freedman's house image.
BAYADA patient Jack Freedman with sister.

Jack has a knack for making friends. “Wherever he goes, he's the mayor,” says his father.

BAYADA patient Jack Freedman at home using his computer black and white reportage image
BAYADA patient Jack Freedman with BAYADA caregiver Kathleen Mitros.
BAYADA Home Health Aide Patrina Johnson main portrait image.
Patrina Johnson

Patrina grew up in New York City, the baby girl in an enormous extended family. She was always the one in her family who watched out for others. In the summers, she would visit her great grandparents in North Carolina where she fondly remembers riding her own pony — and helping care for her great-great grandmother. As an adult, now living in Philadelphia, Patrina still makes a habit of checking in on elderly neighbors when she's headed to the store to see if they need anything. “I've always been like that since I was a little girl, because I had a big heart for people,” she says, her round cheeks dimpling when she smiles.

BAYADA Home Health Aide Patrina Johnson portrait image, serious expression.

“She shepherded a generation of children safely across a busy North Philadelphia intersection and made a habit of looking in on her elderly neighbors.”

BAYADA Home Health Aide Patrina Johnson's black and white reportage home image.
BAYADA Home Health Aide Patrina Johnson with patient Shameem Choudhury (early-stage Alzheimer's disease).
BAYADA Home Health Aide Patrina Johnson black and white reportage family image.
BAYADA Home Health Aide Patrina Johnson portrait image, smiling.
BAYADA Home Health Aide Patrina Johnson with patient Shameem Choudhury, outtake.
BAYADA Home Health Aide Patrina Johnson's black and white daughter and grandchild reportage image.
BAYADA Home Health Aide Patrina Johnson's black and white family photos with cat reportage image.
Endorsements and Reviews
for Healing on the Home Front

Uplifting to the human spirit, Healing on the Home Front does a fabulous job describing the challenges millions of Americans face in order to go about their daily lives, as well as describing how home care nurses, aides, and therapists make a difference in those lives.

Val  J. Halamandaris,

President, National Association for
Home Care & Hospice

This is more than a book on how medicine and care are administered; it is more than a disclosure of experiences. Healing on the Home Front is a wonderful testimonial into how we can touch each other's lives and bring comfort and strength to one another in times of need.

Brendan Boyle,

PA State Representative,
170th Legislative District

Healing on the Home Front is an inspirational portrait of courageous people and the caring, dedicated home health care professionals who support them. These stories pay tribute to these devoted ‘angels’, with all the ups and downs, joys and challenges they experience.

Jim Pinciotti,

Executive Director of the ALS Association,
Greater Philadelphia Chapter

This book is packed with insights about the patient-caregiver relationship. A must read for anyone considering working in home health care – and for those who for whatever reason require care in their homes.

Vicki Hoak,

CEO, Pennsylvania Homecare Association

About the Authors
Jan C. Almquist

Jan C. Almquist is a designer and photographer, and principal of Allemann Almquist & Jones, a branding and strategic communications firm in Philadelphia. He is also an adjunct professor in the graphic design department of The University of the Arts. Jan is recognized by leading professional organizations and publications worldwide for his contributions to both design and photography. His work is in private, corporate, and museum collections.

Ann de Forest

Ann de Forest is a widely published journalist, fiction writer, and essayist. As a communications consultant, she has shaped messages for leading universities, hospitals, and social service and cultural organizations. She teaches creative writing to the young and the old, and currently mentors elderly writers at a senior center run by University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Healing on the Home Front photographer Jan C. Almquist on location photographing BAYADA Home Health Aide Ginne Humphreys. Healing on the Home Front Author Ann de Forest on location interviewing BAYADA Home Health Aide Ginne Humphreys.
Healing on the Home Front photographer Jan C. Almquist on location photographing BAYADA Home Health Aide Ginne Humphreys.
Healing on the Home Front author Ann de Forest on location interviewing BAYADA Home Health Aide Ginne Humphreys.
About the Authors
Jan C. Almquist

Jan C. Almquist is a designer and photographer, and principal of Allemann Almquist & Jones, a branding and strategic communications firm in Philadelphia. He is also an adjunct professor in the graphic design department of The University of the Arts. Jan is recognized by leading professional organizations and publications worldwide for his contributions to both design and photography. His work is in private, corporate, and museum collections.

Ann de Forest

Ann de Forest is a widely published journalist, fiction writer, and essayist. As a communications consultant, she has shaped messages for leading universities, hospitals, and social service and cultural organizations. She teaches creative writing to the young and the old, and currently mentors elderly writers at a senior center run by University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

(left) Healing on the Home Front photographer Jan C. Almquist on location photographing BAYADA Home Health Aide Ginne Humphreys. (right) Healing on the Home Front author Ann de Forest on location interviewing BAYADA Home Health Aide Ginne Humphreys.
About the Authors
Jan C. Almquist

Jan C. Almquist is a designer and photographer, and principal of Allemann Almquist & Jones, a branding and strategic communications firm in Philadelphia. He is also an adjunct professor in the graphic design department of The University of the Arts. Jan is recognized by leading professional organizations and publications worldwide for his contributions to both design and photography. His work is in private, corporate, and museum collections.

Ann de Forest

Ann de Forest is a widely published journalist, fiction writer, and essayist. As a communications consultant, she has shaped messages for leading universities, hospitals, and social service and cultural organizations. She teaches creative writing to the young and the old, and currently mentors elderly writers at a senior center run by University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

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Healing on the Home Front book preview featuring BAYADA pediatrics patient Kasey Davis (born premature).
Healing on the Home Front book preview featuring BAYADA pediatrics patient Gabe DaCosta (cerebral palsy).
Healing on the Home Front book preview featuring BAYADA patient Wanda Carpenter (hospice).

74 color photographs, 82 black and white photographs
172 pages, 10" X 10", softcover, jacketed, $29.95

Healing on the Home Front book preview featuring BAYADA pediatrics patient Kasey Davis (born premature).
Healing on the Home Front book preview featuring BAYADA pediatrics patient Gabe DaCosta (cerebral palsy).
Healing on the Home Front book preview featuring BAYADA patient Wanda Carpenter (hospice).

74 color photographs, 82 black and white photographs
172 pages, 10" X 10", softcover, jacketed, $29.95

How to Buy
ONLINE
order on amazon order on amazon
order online
BY PHONE

1-866-554-4321

order by phone
FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES:

Ellen Trachtenberg
braintreebooks@gmail.com
888-800-1071

Healing on the Home Front book preview featuring BAYADA pediatrics patient Kasey Davis (born premature).
Healing on the Home Front book preview featuring BAYADA pediatrics patient Gabe DaCosta (cerebral palsy).
Healing on the Home Front book preview featuring BAYADA patient Wanda Carpenter (hospice).

74 color photographs, 82 black and white photographs
172 pages, 10" X 10", softcover, jacketed, $29.95

How to Buy
order online
ONLINE
order on amazon order on amazon
order by phone
BY PHONE

1-866-554-4321

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES:

Ellen Trachtenberg
braintreebooks@gmail.com
888-800-1071