When it comes to aging, most people agree that they prefer to “age in place” and stay in their own homes as long as possible.
Unfortunately, as we age, physical and mental changes may require us to need more assistance with activities of daily living, which we often take for granted we can do for ourselves until suddenly we are not able to. Family can often step in and help, but with the sandwich generation, many people are still raising their own families and working, so they can only offer minimal assistance to aging family members. Additionally, sometimes family members do not live close enough to assist on a daily basis. The fact that people are living longer, coupled with the increase of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, present two major factors requiring people to need professional in-home care.
Adequate in-home care can help one remain at home and prevent re-admission to the hospital after returning home from an illness or surgery while also providing peace of mind for family members who cannot be there to help. Short- or long-term in-home care can be beneficial for people who need assistance due to injury, surgery or sudden onset of illness.
Keys to Finding Quality In-Home Care
While finding the best care can be a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be. When looking for an in-home care provider, consider the following:
- The agency should be licensed in the state of California and its caregivers should be cleared in the State Registry.
- Look for local management staff that is involved in the day-to-day activities.
- Ensure the company has been in business in the area long enough to establish a good reputation, references and referrals.
Melanie Farber and Helena Mossembekker, co-owners of AdvantagePlusCaregivers.com, have been providing services to senior citizens and their families in Ventura County for over 23 years.
Starting as a geriatric care management service, known as Personal Parent Care, Inc., and then expanding their services to include facility placement referrals (a free service) and in-home caregivers, they became a “one-stop service for all elder care needs.”
In 2014, they moved into the next phase of their business, becoming the Ventura County franchise for AdvantagePlusCaregivers.com.
Wishing to expand their services to all ages and partner with a cutting-edge company to provide the best services possible to their clients, they joined forces with such a company, which has proved to be a very successful venture. Personal Parent Care, Inc. continues to provide geriatric care management and facility placement referrals, while AdvantagePlusCaregivers.com focuses on in-home caregiver services.
Services can be provided in a client’s own home, an assisted-living facility, a long-term care environment and even the hospital. Serving senior citizens and adults of all ages, whether it be someone who is frail or convalescing, disabled, chronically or mentally ill, cognitively impaired, or terminally ill, Melanie and Helena continue to offer specialized and individualized services tailored to each family’s needs in a caring, compassionate, competent, personal and professional manner.
As geriatric care managers and certified senior advisors, they are able to offer additional advice, suggestions and resource referrals, free of charge. A complimentary in-home assessment starts the process rolling and they will make it as comfortable and easy as possible to get the care you need for your loved one.
Their additional focus these days is on transitional care, working as part of a transitional care team to ensure that after a hospitalization, on return to home, a client has the best follow-up care to prevent re- hospitalization. They also specialize in hospice care, serving as part of the team for many hospice and palliative care agencies and dementia care.
With the recent advent of Home Care Agency licensing now required in the State of California, they have completed the application process and were recently issued their state license as a Home Care Agency (HCA) as it is now known. Additionally, all their caregivers are employees of the agency and are registered with the state, as is now required, with full FBI and DOJ background screening, TB clearance and specific training as outlined by the state.
AdvantagePlusCaregivers.com is “All About the Care!!!” Contact them today at 805.332.8822 or visit AdvantagePlusCaregivers.com.