We serve seniors in towns and cities in the greater King County area, including south to Auburn and Federal Way, north to Lynnwood and Woodinville, east to Bellevue and Issaquah, and west to Edmonds and Seattle.
Home care is one-on-one care provided to a senior or other individual by a professional caregiver to assist with routine activities such as bathing and dressing, meal preparation and housekeeping, shopping and getting to appointments and much more. It increases quality of life, social engagement, safety, overall happiness and independence
There are as many answers to this as there are home care clients. Some common situations include:
Of course, these are only a few examples. Home care can provide support to almost anyone for a temporary or ongoing need.
Probably not. Home care can be provided round the clock for bedbound clients who are near end-of-life. It can also be scheduled just a few hours a month to provide an enjoyable outing for a senior or time off for a family caregiver
No one would probably call it inexpensive, but compared to the costs of falls, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, losses of mobility or independence, isolation and loneliness, you may well find it more valuable than expensive.
Home care is paid for in a variety of ways. Home care is not typically covered by health insurance but there are other options that you should consider:
Even professionals unfortunately can confuse the terms and their usage can vary state-to-state. The best way to understand it is that home health is episodic, specialized and prescribed, and home care is not.
For an example of home health—after a hospitalization a provider may order two weeks of nursing and physical therapy visits. A nurse and a physical therapist will then visit the patient at home, perhaps 1- to 2-times per week for two weeks, staying for about a half hour at each visit to specifically teach the patient about medications, physical therapy exercises and the like.
A home care professional will typically be staying for four or more hours, as often as desired, to help with routine activities from getting out of bed to getting the laundry done to walking the dog. Professional caregivers work in concert with home health providers to, for example, regularly remind and encourage clients to do their PT exercises or follow the special diet the nurse provided.
Like home health (above), hospice provides brief and specific care. In the case of hospice, this is when a medical provider expects that a person has six months or less to live. Hospice clients will still need round-the-clock care from family and/or professional caregivers. Home care can provide this round-the-clock care when families are not able to be present. And families often choose and benefit from having a professional caregiver even when the family is present—it lets the family focus on their relationship with their loved one, support each other, and not have to worry about learning new and sensitive skills such as continence care and medication monitoring.
At A Helping Hand Homecare our process is simple and easy:
Our professional caregivers are typically certified as a Home Care Aide (HCA) or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA, which is the same as an NAC). Some are Nursing Assistants Registered (NAR) with years of caregiving experience. They are all required to complete 12 hours of continuing education per year.
All our caregivers undergo a rigorous interview, credential verification and orientation process. We also continue to monitor and train our caregivers. Our steps include:
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