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Adult and Pediatric Home Healthcare in Westminster
How many hours of your week do you spend loading up the car, driving, and shepherding your loved one to and from the hospital or therapist’s office? If you’re like many who have a special needs child or an elderly parent who has ongoing health concerns, the answer to that question is, “Too many hours.” Or, if you don’t have the supplies and requisite medical knowledge, maybe you spend hours each week driving to and from the hospital in order to spend time with your loved one. Home healthcare is designed to help minimize time spent in hospitals or at healthcare appointments, while ensuring your loved one continues to receive the care they need. Of course, no two people are the same, which mean that healthcare needs can vary just as widely. With a home healthcare agency like Evergreen, located here in Westminster, we can bring trained nurses and medical professionals to your home and provide the care necessary to provide the best quality of life for your loved one.
Home Health Care: The Basics of What We Do
Home healthcare services, at their core, can be summarized as: the care our patients need. We have a range of different medical professionals who make up our staff, from nurses and therapists to licensed clinical social workers. Everyone on our team is there to help provide comprehensive care, not simply treat one symptom. This may mean bringing a physical or occupational therapist into your home a few times a week, or it may mean having a nurse provide around-the-clock monitoring and medication administration. Our home care services are meant to be customized to fit your loved one’s specific healthcare needs. In order to ensure the best quality of life possible for your loved one and your family as a whole, we will work with you to create the right care plan, modify your home (if needed), even plan for the future as much as possible.
To begin creating that care plan, Evergreen works extensively with Children’s Hospital as well as other hospitals and care providers in Westminster and the greater Denver Metropolitan Area. We want to ensure that, if your special needs child should be working with a speech pathologist and a physical therapist multiple days a week, they are getting the right level of therapeutic attention according to their needs. Or, if you have an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s, maybe they don’t need medical assistance as much as they need someone to keep them company, provide basic hygiene assistance, and generally look after their safety. In addition to caring for the more immediate needs, we can also help with the things many people don’t initially think of. We can connect you with a licensed clinical social worker who will help evaluate your finances, guide you to local resources, and help you develop a long-term plan so you don’t have to worry about how you’ll continue to provide the care your loved one needs. An in-home health aide can also provide advice on modifying your home to make it more mobility-friendly for your loved one, and our therapists can give you activities and exercises to support continued therapy progress in between visits. Every level of our care plan is designed to help your loved one and your family as a whole enjoy a better quality of life, without hours a week spent in hospitals or driving to appointments. Are you ready to cut down on hospital time? Contact the Evergreen Home Healthcare team to see how we can help!
Could Your Loved One Benefit From An In-Home Health Aide?
There is no cut-and-dry list that separates out who needs home healthcare services and who doesn’t, and that’s because no two sets of care needs are going to be exactly alike. If your loved one needs around-the-clock medical attention, a home care aid may mean they can move out of the hospital and head home, but still receive the healthcare attention they need. In those instances, it generally seems more obvious that an in-home health aide is necessary. But if your loved one who potentially warrants home care services is a special needs child who meets with a pediatric occupational therapist regularly, arranging for in-home care may not seem like an obvious need. Our staff is made up of a range of different licensed and experienced home healthcare professionals, so we can provide for a plethora of different needs. If you think your loved one might benefit from the attention of a home health aide, start with the infographic below:
As you may imagine from those lists, an in-home health aide can provide a range of different levels of care. We hire Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), and Nurse Practitioners so we can ensure your loved one is getting the right level of medical care based on their health needs. For example, if your elderly loved one needs help with basic daily tasks like bathing and getting around, we can provide a trained CNA to come help. But, if your loved one has more delicate medical needs, an RN or Nurse Practitioner may be more appropriate. We make sure that every member of the Evergreen team is not only compassionate and caring, but also well-trained and currently licensed in the state of Colorado so you can trust that your loved one’s medical needs are being well cared for. In addition to meeting immediate and ongoing medical needs, our home care team can help with any rehabilitation or therapy needs, long-term planning, home modifications, and more. Of course, the list above isn’t a comprehensive detailing of every service we can provide; we provide far more than we’ve listed here. If you’re looking for home healthcare help with needs that aren’t listed, feel free to contact our team and ask.
Become a CNA Parent/Care Provider
Do you feel called to provide compassionate care for others? If you have a loved one that needs a bit of extra assistance, you could provide the care they need—with some training, of course. With a CNA license, you can be trained and qualified to provide basic medical attention, including things like catheter and ostomy care, providing skilled transfers, vital signs monitoring and recording, and incontinence assistance. With your CNA license, you can provide the care your loved one needs, reducing the amount of time you need to have another in-home health aide on the clock. For those who need around-the-clock care, this can be a great way to help balance your loved one’s care needs. Of course, once you’ve earned your CNA license, you aren’t restricted to helping only your loved one; you can join a home healthcare agency like Evergreen and help others as well! Contact us if this is something that interests you.
In addition to CNAs, Evergreen is often looking for currently-licensed, experienced, and compassionate nurses and therapists of all levels to join our team. Learn more below or check out our current job openings here.
If you’ve spent any time with children, you undoubtedly understand that helping them learn goes beyond simply teaching the mechanics of how to do a task. Helping a child learn a new skill takes repetition, patience, and the compassion to understand that they aren’t immediately going to get it right. When you’re working with a special needs child, all of those qualities are even more valuable. Whether the limitations are physical, verbal, or mental, any additional hindrance can make it that much harder to communicate needs—and that much easier to get frustrated. Special needs children also, generally, need a additional or alternative help for many aspects of daily life. This is where a pediatric home care aide can step in. We have the experience and skills to help your special needs child learn and grow, provide for any medical needs, and even help you and your family prepare for the future.
Acute Care & Long Term Care
Whether your child is recovering from surgery or has an ongoing health concern, it’s important to make sure their physical needs are met. Of course, no child really wants to spend days or weeks in the hospital, even if there is an end date in sight. No matter the duration, a pediatric home care aide generally means that your child can recuperate and get the necessary care, but they can do so from the comfort of home, with family, toys, and a familiar setting to help them feel more at ease. Even if your child needs long term or ongoing medical care, a pediatric home healthcare aide means minimizing time in hospitals; the result is a better quality of life for your child, plus time and financial savings for your family.
There are a wealth of different in-home therapy options that can help your child. If they are recovering from illness or injury, a therapist can offer rehabilitation sessions in your home. Or, if your special needs child works with a speech pathologist, a physical therapist, and/or an occupational therapist, we can bring those professionals to your home so your child can get consistent attention and therapy from the comfort of home. In either case, our therapists can provide exercises and home modifications that can help facilitate the therapy process.
Evaluations & Planning
Preparing for long term or ongoing care needs can quickly become an overwhelming set of steps to figure out. Whether you’re new to pediatric home care or you’ve been working with a home health aide for years, it’s never too late to plan for the future. Work with a licensed clinical social worker on staff to make any adjustments to your home that may help your child’s mobility, run through a financial evaluation, get connected with valuable community resources, and craft a plan to help your family better prepare for your long term or ongoing home care needs.
Just as children with home healthcare needs come with specific considerations, adults who need home care come with similar—but different—needs. Especially when discussing care for the elderly, there are a few things to keep in mind. For example, many older patients will experience frustration that they cannot move as quickly or perform tasks that used to be simple for them. Anyone working with them will need compassion and patience to help your loved one avoid those feelings of frustration being compounded. If you have an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, this concern is doubly important because there are also the concerns for safety and personal care, in addition to potential mood concerns.
As we age, recovering from an illness or surgery often becomes a slower process. Rather than spend additional time recuperating in the hospital, an in-home care aide can provide the care necessary to allow your loved one to recover in the comfort of home. Then, once it’s time to begin any physical therapy or post-surgery rehab, we can bring trained therapists to your home to provide the exercises and techniques that will help your loved one regain any lost ability. In order to supplement any rehab, our therapists can also make adjustments to the home and provide exercises or other activities to supplement that rehab outside of therapy sessions—according to what is best for your loved one’s overall care, of course.
Long Term Care
Some of the more common issues that come along with aging can make it unsafe for an elderly loved one to continue living on their own. Particularly those issues that affect mental ability, like Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as physical limitations that come from health issues like a stroke can make it potentially dangerous for your loved one to remain in their home without someone to help. A home healthcare aide can provide the level of attention an elderly loved one needs, whether that’s simply company and a bit of help around the house, all the way to help with bathing, feeding, and medical care. With an in-home health aide looking after your loved one, they can stay in their home rather than move into a nursing home or experience an extended stay in the hospital. Connect with the Evergreen Home Healthcare team and see how we can help your elderly parent or loved one stay in their home and still receive the care they need.
Choosing An In-Home Health Aide, Resources, & More
Hiring a home health aide may end up being a years-long relationship, depending on your loved one’s needs. So, it’s important to find someone who is not only skilled in the particular range of help needed, but is also going to mesh well with your family. We suggest taking the time to get to know potential caregivers to ensure you’ll be comfortable inviting them into your home. Start with these questions as a way to begin the getting-to-know-you process.
Good Get-To-Know-You Questions
1. What are your qualifications?
If you’re hiring a healthcare professional to come to your home and provide a service, it’s common sense that you’d want to be sure they are experienced and well-trained in all of the services you need them to provide. So ask! It’s always a good idea to get a well-rounded idea of what a home health aide is qualified to do. No need to worry about up to date licensing, however; the Evergreen team checks all of that and ensures all of our staff hold current licenses.
2. What are your home healthcare experiences?
Not only do you want to check that a home health aide is qualified, but you may want to dig a bit deeper and learn more about what their experience is. Someone freshly graduated with their nursing license isn’t necessarily a warning sign; after all, we all have to start somewhere. But, if you have a loved one with a fragile medical issue, you may want an home care aide with a bit more experience. Also, if you’re looking for someone to work with your special needs child, an aide who has only worked with the elderly may not have the right background.
3. What made you choose to work in home healthcare?
This is a bit of a continuation of the previous question, but it’s also an important one to clarify. Working in healthcare is very much a vocation, rather than a job, in much the same way as teaching or serving in the military are callings. Asking a potential home care aide’s interest in healthcare can give you an idea of whether this is a job or a career, which can help you decide how well that person will fit in with your loved one’s needs.
4. How comfortable are you working with _____ mental state?
Some mental statuses can be more difficult to work with than others. For example, an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s or dementia may frequently get frustrated and experience mood swings as they struggle to do things they used to be able to do easily. In these instances, it’s important that anyone working with your loved one will be comfortable offering the patience and compassion your loved one’s mental state can call for. Experience can speak to this, to an extent, but you may also want to arrange for any potential caregivers to spend some time with your loved one and see how they interact together.
5. Are you willing to try a trial run?
Even if your loved one doesn’t have an impaired mental state, it’s always a good idea to see how well they will get along with a potential caregiver. Even if someone is well qualified and has an abundance of experience, if they don’t get along well with your loved one, that person might not be the right choice for an in-home health aide—particularly if you are looking for long term assistance. A trial run can help everyone see how well personalities get along to better help you make your decision.
Insurance & Payments
Does the idea of wading through medical bills and your family’s health insurance policy make you want to pull your hair out? The Evergreen team has been serving the Front Range for years, so we have a good amount of experience wading through all the various hurdles of paying for healthcare. In addition, we can help you formulate a plan to prepare for the financial side of providing the ongoing care your loved one needs. Whatever your concerns, let us help you find the best resources and prepare, so those worries won’t become a burden.
One of the most important things to keep in mind through all of this is that you and your family aren’t alone! While every situation and care need is different, there are others out there who are feeling the same overwhelming emotions you are (or have, in the past). Connecting with support groups or other local resources can help ease those stress-inducing feelings. But that’s not all! There are also a range of other services for special needs children, the elderly, and so on that are available locally and nationally. Working with a licensed clinical social worker can also help connect you to valuable financial resources to help cover the cost of care and other needs. You can start by browsing through the link above, or connect with the Evergreen team to learn more about the resources available to you.
Skilled Nursing: Better Employment
If you’ve worked in a hospital or skilled nursing facility for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that the hours aren’t what most of us would consider great. For those of you who feel called to nursing but don’t care for your hours, there’s a better way. A career in home healthcare can provide flexible hours, a smaller patient load, and more time with the same set of patients so you can offer the best care and get more from the day-to-day. Want to learn more? Visit Evergreen Home Healthcare’s employment page to see the benefits we offer and explore our current openings!
We Serve Home Healthcare Needs Across Westminster: