As the parent of a child with medical complexities you know that the saying “it takes a village” is extremely accurate. From the medical team that you get support from to the spouse that you lean …Read More
Fort Collins Home Healthcare Services
Fort Collins Home Healthcare for Children and Adults
It should go without saying that we want the best for our loved ones. This means things like providing warm enough clothing in the winter, delicious and nutritious meals to sustain their bodies, and enjoyable experiences to feed their emotional well-being. Care means seeing to the whole being, not just one aspect or another. Of course, when a loved one has a disability or health issue, care often becomes more complicated. If your loved one needs additional care, whether they are on the long road to recovery after a surgery or they have an ongoing care need because of health or developmental issues, you should not feel like you need to go it alone. With a home healthcare agency like Evergreen, you can get the help you need to provide your loved one with experienced, compassionate in-home care. Our comprehensive adult and pediatric home care services are designed to help you provide the best quality of life for your loved one, no matter what their care needs are.
Home Health Care: Start With The Basics
As you probably imagine, home healthcare is essentially what it sounds like. Our in-home care services are meant to minimize hospital time and provide comprehensive care for those who need assistance with everything from rehabilitation to ongoing therapy and medical care. This can mean bringing a licensed physical therapist to your home a few times a week, or it may mean sending a nurse to help you provide around-the-clock monitoring and medical care. We have a range of different nursing levels on staff, from Certified Nursing Assistants all the way up to Nurse Practitioners, so we can provide the level of care your loved one needs. Our services include more than just medical care, though; we strive to provide well-rounded care, which is why our staff includes nurses, therapists, and licensed clinical social workers.
Our services begin with a plan. We work with Children’s Hospital and other hospitals in Fort Collins and across the Front Range, so we will work with your loved one’s primary care provider to determine what level of care your loved one needs. In addition, our staff can provide a home evaluation and help with modifications to make mobility and day-to-day living easier. We can also provide a financial assessment and help you develop a long term plan, connect you with community resources, and more. We want to help you answer every question and prepare for each need that may come up along the way while seeing to the overall quality of life of your loved one, you, and your family. A home healthcare aide can help you minimize the time spent in hospitals or running across town for therapy appointments, but our team can do so much more for you!
Could Your Loved One Benefit From An In-Home Health Aide?
If you have a special needs child or an elderly loved one who needs around-the-clock medical care, it probably seems obvious that a home care aide is necessary. But not every case is that instantly obvious. If you’re unsure whether you need the help of an adult or pediatric home health aide, the best bet is to ask! At Evergreen, our team strives to provide the most comprehensive care possible, which means we can provide in-home medical care, but we can do so much more than that. We have a staff of nurses; speech, occupational, and physical therapists; and licensed clinical social workers who are well-trained in helping you create a comprehensive care plan based on your loved one’s and your family’s needs. Whether your loved one needs regular sessions with a pediatric speech pathologist or personal hygiene assistance, we can create the right care plan. Still not sure? The chart below is a list of common in-home care services we provide. Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list, so if you don’t see everything your loved one needs help with, feel free to give our team a call for a more specific answer.
Our mission is to provide compassionate in-home care that helps balance all aspects of life, as much as possible. We recognize that a loved one who needs additional care can be a heavy call on your time and affect your family as a whole. By bringing therapy, medical care, and more to your home, we can provide the care to help your loved one enjoy the best quality of life possible, and we can help ease the burden on you as a caregiver. If you’re currently driving back and forth across Fort Collins multiple times a week for various therapy sessions, all that time in transition adds up; bringing those therapy sessions to your home could save you hours of time in transit every week. Both adult and pediatric home care can also help to minimize hospital time. We can bring trained, fully-licensed nurses to your home to help with wound care, IV administration and care, medication and injection administration, trach/vent care, and more. We recognize that recovery and ongoing care is often easier and more productive from the comfort of home. We bring that medical care to you so your loved one can get the care they require without being stuck in the hospital for days on end or require multiple trips in each week. And, for those who have a loved one who needs long-term or ongoing care, we can work with you to modify your home, educate you, and create a care and financial plan. Evergreen Home Healthcare is here to help; let us provide the care your loved one needs so you can focus on enjoying time with your family!
Becoming a CNA Parent
If your special needs child or elderly loved one needs a minor level of medical care, you may be able to provide that yourself. Earning your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license means you can get the training and necessary licensing to handle things like ostomy and catheter care, vital sign monitoring and recording, incontinence assistance, and skilled transfers. Earning your CNA license means you’ll learn how to properly handle the care your loved one needs, and it can help reduce the amount of help you need from a home healthcare aide. If this is something that interests you, start by contacting the Evergreen Home Healthcare team to learn more about the process.
In addition, 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.
As parents, we want to provide the world for our children. Of course, for children who are medically fragile or have special needs, providing the world often looks a bit different. It’s less about finding the right clothes or school supplies and more about ensuring they have the detailed care they need. The Evergreen Home Healthcare team is known for our exceptional pediatric home care services, and this is because we focus on providing comprehensive whole-life pediatric care services, rather than just offering one service or level of care. Our goal is to help each of our patients enjoy the best quality of life possible; to do so, we offer the following pediatric home healthcare services:
Our pediatric home care services aren’t just for children with ongoing care needs. We are happy to help provide support and in-home care for a few weeks or months in order to minimize the time your child has to spend in the hospital. Our trained nursing staff can handle medication and IV administration, wound care, and other medical care needs. Then, when your child is on the road to recovery, we can bring a therapist to your home to help with any rehabilitation from the comfort and familiar safety of home. Experience has shown us that being able to heal from the comfort of home is likely to make the healing process easier than time spent in the hospital or traveling multiple times a week for therapy sessions.
Long Term & Ongoing Care
Does your special needs child meet with a physical therapist, speech pathologist, and/or an occupational therapist multiple times a week? Our long term and ongoing care services are designed to help the quality of life for those children who may not have an end point for their health issues. In many instances, long term or ongoing care encompasses therapy services as well as medical care. Whether you’re looking for the help of an all-hours nurse or additional time with a therapist, our experienced staff will help create the right plan for your child’s needs both now and in the future.
Evaluations & Planning
Especially when it comes to those who need long term or ongoing care, a major component of any pediatric home healthcare service should be planning. Our goal is to do more than treat the current needs; we want to help you look at the full scope of what your child needs, now and in the future. We have licensed clinical social workers on staff who can help you find resources, evaluate your finances, navigate insurance and financial assistance, and craft a plan for the future. Your child should never have to do without the care they need, and we can help you prepare so that doesn’t happen.
Watching an elderly parent struggle with memory loss from Alzheimer’s is a difficult thing for anyone to handle. If you’re responsible for helping with daily care tasks like feeding, bathing, and ambulatory assistance, that can leave you with little energy to enjoy spending time with your loved one and the rest of your family. In-home healthcare can provide both rehabilitative and long-term care, so you can focus on family time.
Recovering from surgery can take months. As our bodies age, that healing and recovery time becomes even longer. If your loved one has recently had a hip replacement, an extended hospitalization for illness/injury, or something else with a lengthy recovery period, help them remain independent and in their home as much as is feasible. Instead of arranging for your elderly loved one to stay at (or move into) a skilled nursing facility, and all the fees therein, an in-home caregiver can help your loved one stay in their home and remain safe. We can provide things like physiotherapy and ambulatory help from the comfort of home; plus, we provide evaluative services, so we can help you modify the home to make it safer and easier to navigate throughout recovery.
Long Term Care
Degenerative health concerns like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other ongoing health concerns can make it unsafe for your parent or elderly loved one to live alone. Rather than moving them to a skilled nursing facility, bring a caregiver to them. All of our staff are actively licensed by the State of Colorado and have the experience and patience to provide the care your loved one needs, even as health issues cause loss of motor functions or otherwise make it less safe to remain in the home. Our comprehensive in-home healthcare services offer a better alternative to nursing homes or hospital time in many instances. Want to learn more about helping your elderly loved one stay in their home and receive the best care? Contact Evergreen Home Healthcare to discuss your options and develop a care plan!
Choosing An In-Home Health Aide, Resources, & More
We wholeheartedly believe that happy employees make for better work, which is why we want you and our staff to feel comfortable with each of our nurses and other staff who come to help you out. We suggest starting with the following questions to help you learn more about the home health aides who come to help your family.
Good Get-To-Know-You Questions
1. What are your qualifications?
You will undoubtedly want to be comfortable with anyone coming into your home, but it would entirely defeat the purpose if they aren’t actually qualified to provide the care your loved one needs. Feel free to ask where they were educated and what continuing education they’ve done to keep their license current.
2. What are your experiences in home healthcare?
Often, nurses and other healthcare professionals will choose to focus on a certain area of care. While it doesn’t need to be a determining factor, their experiences in healthcare can play a role in your decision. If you’re looking for someone to provide help with your special needs child, a nurse who has worked primarily with the elderly may or may not have the right experience to help.
3. What interests you in home healthcare?
Healthcare, like teaching or law enforcement, is very much a vocation rather than a job. A home healthcare aide can have a major impact on your loved one’s well-being and quality of life, so someone who has a passion for what they do is going to bring a better level of emotional care to the each day’s work.
4. How comfortable are you working with my loved one’s mental state?
Some health conditions will require a bit more patience than others. For example, someone with Alzheimer’s or a child who is nonverbal may have a harder time processing things and communicating needs. In these instances, the patient may be more inclined toward frustration, anger, confusion, and emotional control. It’s important to find a care provider who will be patient and caring, even when your loved one is feeling emotional turmoil.
5. How do you feel about a trial period?
It is important that you and your family are comfortable with anyone who comes into your home and works so closely with your loved one. A trial run of a day or a week can help you get a better feel for how well the caregiver will get along with your loved one and the rest of your family. Even a few hours of time working together can help you get a good idea, so it doesn’t hurt to ask!
Insurance & Payments
Between insurance coverage, Medicare or Medicaid, and additional financial assistance, the process of navigating payment options for your loved one’s healthcare needs can feel like an even bigger hurdle than finding care providers to begin with. We understand how hard it can be, but the good news is, you don’t have to wade through all of that alone. We have years of experience dealing with insurance companies and other financial assistance programs, so we can use our knowledge to help you. Our licensed clinical social workers can perform a financial evaluation, help you create a long term financial plan, wade through insurance, and find other resources to help your family be in the best position going forward.
Sometimes, it can feel like you’re the only ones going through the struggles you are, but that is absolutely not the case. Whether you’re coming to terms with an elderly parent’s Alzheimer’s or a special needs child’s needs, it can be an overwhelming process. Fortunately, there are plenty of support groups, activities, and other resources to help ease those feelings for you and loved ones. Start by exploring the resources listed in the link above, then get in touch with the Evergreen team to learn more about resources that will help your specific needs and circumstances.
Skilled Nursing: Better Employment
We are staunch believers that happy employees make for better work, and that healthcare is a vocation, rather than a job. In order to provide the best home healthcare services in Fort Collins, and across the Front Range, we are always looking to grow our team with caring, compassionate, patient in-home care providers. We hire all levels of nursing—CNAs, LPNs, RNs, and Nurse Practitioners—as well as licensed clinical social workers and therapists. If you feel called to provide excellent healthcare and you hold a current license to practice in the state of Colorado, come join the Evergreen Home Healthcare team! Learn more about the benefits we offer and see current openings on our employment page. If you are committed to nursing as a calling, and you are excited to touch the lives of patients and families across Fort Collins, we can offer a range of different, flexible home healthcare positions. Learn more and see how you can join the Evergreen Home Healthcare family today!