For the health professions, homemaker services offer a quick lift in an overburdened time. We, in public health, are concerned with the general wellbeing of people, the healthy tone of family life, as well as the specific physical health of individuals; and so we are particularly involved in the needs of the chronically ill. Their long-term illnesses trap whole families, affecting the well in addition to the sick, threatening established ways of life, draining finances, wearing out affection.
We are keenly interested in homemaker services because we know that the homemaker can do much to mitigate these effects. The physician is trained to serve the sick individual, but a homemaker is trained to serve the entire family. She cannot replace a physician—but by the same token, a physician cannot replace her. For many families, she brings new hope.The mutual interest of the health and welfare professions in