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JenMed takes healthcare for seniors at home

Published:Monday | February 6, 2023 | 12:28 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer
Dr Jennice Baker tends to a patient
Dr Jennice Baker tends to a patient

Elderly folk in St Ann and St Mary who are in need of medical attention will be able to avail of those services at home. Dr Jennice Baker’s JenMed Home Health Care Services has recently launched this new service to cater to the elderly.

Baker said that there will be an educational aspect that trains caregivers and laypersons how to take care of their loved ones.

“I believe God chose this for me,” Baker told The Gleaner, adding, “I did my first house call on my grand-aunt who was like my grandmother and ever since then I’ve always had that passion to help people in a home setting where you can be more thorough, you can hear their stories and just get to the root of the problem. I don’t like the rush-rush thing in the office, I like (to offer) personalised care for each patient.”


Baker’s team includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists. The home visit services is being offered to Jamaicans and tourists in hotels.

“We try to be meticulous, thorough, and to get to the root of the problem. It’s not about ‘oh, I take a pill and I fix it’. But what are the things that are really causing your illness and how can we solve it and how can we empower you and the caregiver to have the best health that you can have.”

Baker said her passion rests with the seniors.

“Because really and truly it takes a certain level of care and passion to take care of the elderly. You know sometimes they can be stubborn or even downright rude so you have to have that grace and passion to meet them where they’re at. The way I look at it, they cared for you all of their strong life and now in their most vulnerable time, we have to be there for them.”

According to Baker, her aim is to do her job so well that people actually see her very little.

She is encouraged by the appreciation shown by those she has brought healthcare to, at their homes. She explained that people are appreciative of both the quality and completeness of service and the cost, which she said is within reach.

“In my estimation it is more than affordable because here it is, your own concierge doctor that you will have access to, you’ll be able to get medical advice, you have a team that’s following you, you’re not just left there with some pills and you don’t know what you’re doing. We try to see you through until you reach your recovery point,” Dr Baker pointed out.

While the service is available in St Ann and St Mary at the moment, plans are to expand to serve other areas.