Yes! Our caregivers are trained Certified Nurse’s Assistants (CNAs), Home Care Aide’s (HCAs), or Nurses Assistants Registered with 75+ hours of approved training (NAR’s). Additionally our caregivers are CPR certified, have a Food Handler’s Card, and are checked for a Driver’s License and Automobile Insurance if providing transportation.
It is incredibly important to us that we only have on our team the most kind-hearted, dependable, and capable caregivers around! To screen for the best, we review resumes/applications, conduct an initial phone interview followed by an in-person meeting, conduct a background and fingerprint check, check credentials and references, and verify skills. Once a part of our team, we provide important orientation, carefully supervise, regularly evaluate for performance, and ensure that certifications, education hours, and additional background checks are updated as needed.
As a non-medical agency, we are not allowed to directly administer medication (our clients must be able to put the medication into his/her own mouth or apply or instill the medication). But we can definitely assist our clients to make sure they are taking the medication they need! We do this by reminding, offering, coaching, handing and opening the container, and/or placing the medication into the hand of the client.
Under certain situations authorized by nurse delegation, we may be able to provide additional assistance (e.g. insulin injections, etc.).
As you may be aware, mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused from asbestos exposure. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, about 80 percent of those who are diagnosed with this terrible disease are seniors, many of which then require home care.
The Public Outreach Department of The Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com) works 1-on-1 with these individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.
Take a look at some of the information they have at https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/.
For additional mesothelioma and treatment information, make sure to check out: https://mesothelioma.net/
If you’re considering home care for yourself or a loved one, our agency can offer guidance to assist in making the right decision.
- Step One: The first step in the process is setting up a crucial and free in-home care and safety assessment. At which time, our Care Director will assess the needs of the individual within his/her home in preparation for offering helpful care suggestions.
- Step Two: A carefully considered Plan of Care will be recommended with the overall objective of improving the quality of life for the individual and family. The needs of our client are always our first consideration!
- Step Three: We will work with the client, family (and hospitals/physicians when applicable), ensuring that the final Plan of Care is fully understood and meets the expectations of all those involved.
- Step Four: Our team gets to work on providing the agreed upon care and improving quality of life! Keeping families connected to the services being provided with our unique Family Room technology.
We know you’ve worked hard for what you have! While most of the service we provide is paid for out of private funds, there are sometimes other funding options available (such as private insurance, VA waivers, Medicaid waivers, long-term care insurance, etc.). When paying out of private funds, our electronic payment system allows payments to be split hassle-free between multiple family members.
A creative option that exists is converting a death benefit of a life insurance policy into a Long Term Care Benefit Plan to cover the costs of Senior Living and Long Term Care. Especially considering that 88% of life insurance policies will never pay a death benefit (lapse or surrendered). For information about this, please see this helpful website here.
Home Care services are tax deductible if both of the following two factors are present:
- Care is required for the assistance of a chronically-ill individual.
– An individual is considered chronically ill if unable to perform at least two of the following: eating, toileting, transferring, bathing, dressing, and continence.
- A licensed healthcare practitioner has prescribed the care
– Under federal regulations, a “health care provider/practitioner” is defined as: a doctor of medicine or osteopathy, podiatrist, dentist, chiropractor, clinical psychologist, optometrist, nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, or a clinical social worker who is authorized to practice by the State and performing within the scope of their practice as defined by State law, or a Christian Science practitioner.
Please see A Place for Mom article, “Tax Tips for Seniors and Caregivers” for additional information: HERE
Yes! For your convenience, our electronic payment system allows payments to be split hassle-free between multiple family members.
Absolutely! We always strive to run an excellent business, consistently following best practices for our industry. Being licensed and bonded is definitely an important part of that objective.
Our complimentary in-home safety and care assessment is the first step in caring for you or your loved one. When we visit your home for this assessment, we will take the time to observe the home environment and how we can help you live better within it. We will consider the essential activities of daily living, as well as the small details that help your home be a place of safety and health. The home assessment helps us provide suggestions and develop a personalized Plan of Care just for you. Contact us today to set up your assessment, or check out this video to learn more.
As defined by the Washington Home Care Association (https://wahca.org):
“Home Care is confused sometimes with Medicare Certified Home Health. Home Health is physician ordered treatment by a nurse and/or therapist for a period of 60 days for those who are home bound and is subject to Medicare rules and guidelines.
Home Care can be contracted by the client and does not require a physician approval.”
At Honor Care, our exceptional team is guided by a wonderful, friendly, and dedicated Care Director with over 15 years in the field of healthcare, and unique interest in the areas of Alzheimer’s/Dementia, mental health, and disability. We’d be more than happy to introduce you to her upon request.
We could tout our focus on professional excellence, our prior business acumen, our commitment to the highest level of customer service, or our desire for transparency.
The bottom line though is that there are two main reasons:
1 – We believe that life can always be lived better!
We will always be looking for new technologies, advancements, or ideas that could make the aging and/or caregiving process (or life with disabilities) better. We love education and believe that everyone we care for innately deserves our focus in this area.
2 – We develop our caregivers!
In addition to all the items listed here and in the above section, our agency goes a step further and places significant emphasis on the personal and professional development of our caregivers. Everything we do is about making life better for others: our clients and our caregivers alike. We know that as we put the extra time and effort into helping our caregivers develop and progress towards personal and professional goals, they will go put the extra time and effort into making life better for you and your loved one.
It’s a TEAM effort!!
Caregiving is rewarding in so many ways, but it is also physically and emotionally challenging.
Caregivers often struggle with:
- Feeling they can never do enough
- Feeling undervalued
- Juggling multiple roles with limited time and resources
- Handling new or challenging behaviors
- Managing the unpredictability of the disease process and behaviors associated with symptoms such as dementia
(Dementia, Level 1, Dementia Capable Caregiving; WA State Department of Social and Health Services; 2016)
By selecting our licensed in-home care agency, you choose to have an entire team not only supporting and seeing to the needs of your loved one, but also supporting and seeing to the needs of the individual caring for your loved one.
Our high-quality agency will …
- Carefully screen employees (through applications, interviews, background checks, etc.)
- Implement programs that encourage emotional and physical health of caregivers
- Watch caregivers closely for signs of burn-out or depression so the highest level of care can always be given
- Ensure that your caregiver is up-to-date with important certifications/in-service/trainings (such as CNA/HCA, CPR, dementia, food handlers, infection control, and many many others)
- Verify that your caregiver is proficient with necessary skills
- Allow a caregiver who is sick to stay home and recover (instead of passing along harmful germs) or take time off as needed while another capable caregiver fills in
- Provide important ongoing supervision
- Handle difficult or awkward situations that could interfere with the valuable family-to-caregiver relationship, (care disagreements, payment concerns, etc.)
- Deal with tax and liability issues (that you would otherwise have to see to): filing payroll taxes, tax forms, US employment verification
- Ensuring caregivers have a minimum of 75 hours of training.
- Provide liability and worker’s comp insurance, making sure you are not liable if an accident occurs on the job.
Here are a few very helpful questions from the Washington Home Care Association (https://wahca.org) to ask yourself when making this decision:
- Do I have the time and am I qualified to screen, interview, perform reference and background checks on a caregiver to work with a family member?
- Should a scheduling conflict occur, do I have qualified and reliable backup caregivers in place?
- Am I comfortable with a caregiver who is not supervised, bonded and insured?
- Am I able to provide all the caregiver direction and supervision my family needs 24/7?
- Do I have the knowledge, resources, and time to handle payroll, required taxes for the caregiver, etc.?
o Background checks
o Formal training
o Back-up caregivers
o Regular evaluations
o Ongoing training
o Liability insurance
o Worker’s compensation
There is some help available to Veterans under the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit (but under fairly limited situations), and we at Honor Care do accept this benefit.
The first requirement is that the individual qualifies for a VA Pension, which is given to those with a very low-income status. Second, the individual would need to have served in their branch of military for at least 90 days, with at least one of those day during wartime. The wife or husband of a Veteran can also qualify under the same guidelines if their spouse has passed away and they have not re-married.
Anyone interested should see their VA general practitioner to receive a recommendation for this benefit.
For more information visit this web page: HERE