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Bolt, a Certified therapy dog,  loves his job with At Home Nursing Care, giving comfort to San Diego home care clients.  The trained therapy dog provides a lick and loves to walk around San Diego with our home care clients. Therapy dogs are known to help calm anxiety and ease pain for home care clients.   They can lower blood pressure and stress levels and enhance our happy hormones.  Bolt brings a smile to our clients' faces, loves walking and as a result, he promotes exercise for our clients.  Furthermore, he offers unconditional love. On this day, Bolt visited one of our favorite San Diego home care clients.  They went for a walk and Bolt even wrestled around with a neighbor's dog.  It was fun.    Most especially, our client had a laugh and a nice walk in the beautiful San Diego sunshine. Bolt can't talk, but if he could he would say, "I love being a therapy doe for San Diego's home care clients.  The bosses let me do what I do best, make people happy." At Home Nursing Care offers a visit with our therapy dog to any home care client in San Diego who needs a friend. [caption id="attachment_1617" align="alignleft" width="768"] Bolt with his Buddy![/caption] ...

At Home Nursing Care is proud to be a sponsor of the Healthy Aging Conference, where community members, case managers and nurses heard great speakers and advice for aging well. [gallery ids="1604,1605,1606,1607,1608,1609,1610"] The two day conference, spearheaded by the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center as a community outreach and fundraising event, had nearly 200 attendees who enjoyed learning and lunch at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.    Along with At Home Nursing Care, other sponsors included the VI at La Jolla Village, Sharp Healthcare, and Brian Connelly and Associates Real Estate. We'd like to thank the speakers who were simply outstanding.  They were informative and relevant, and often entertaining as they taught valuable lessons on aging well. One example of the outstanding presentation was the one given by Mimi Guerneri, MD, Director of the Pacific Pearl of La Jolla. Dr. Guarneri is President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and advocates combining western medicine with good nutrition and stress reduction.  She  talked about the need to adopt a Mediterranean diet, minimize empty calorie intake and sugars and the need to get physical activity every day. "If you can roll your bread into a ball, don't eat it," she remarked, opting instead of whole grains, natural foods such as legumes, wild fish and green leafy vegetables. "Get off sugar, get off simple carbs," she said. She also listed some supplements that may be beneficial to aging well: Omega 3, Turmeric, Probiotics and Magnesium.  She showed how stress takes a toll on the body chemically and and her other advice for aging well is to meditate. Stephanie Mantinpour, Pharm.D. talked about managing prescription medications, including which medications are higher risk for seniors.  She runs PillBoxTalk and is the consulting pharmacist for At Home Nursing Care. Michel Zelnick, MFT, J.D. is a business therapist who coaches family members or business partners who are in deep conflict.  He talked about the chemical reasons that people say terrible things when they are angry, scared or tired, and provided coping mechanisms to respond. [caption id="attachment_1614" align="alignleft" width="150"] Michel Zelnick, Speaker for the Healthy Aging Conference 2015[/caption]   Dr. Dee Silver, MD, talked about the general causes of degenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's and gave practical advice for seeking valuable treatments and avoiding the scams. Colin Depp, Ph.D. spoke about successful cognitive and emotional aging, why people in their middle ages (40's to 50's) tend to be the most unhappy, and seniors report being the happiest in their lives in their golden years.  One surprising topic; people report spending a lot of time watching TV, but say they are the least happy when they are watching TV.  So get outside and be social with others, and grow old to be really happy! It was a truly wonderful event and I'm grateful to be part of it.  I can't wait for next year's line up! At Home Nursing Care works hard to provide quality Los Angeles and San Diego senior services to help people age well in their homes.  We offer hourly, daily and 24 hour care with caregivers, LVN's...

I am a fully certified therapy dog dedicated to helping my San Diego in home care clients, but today I learned something about myself - I am very afraid of balloons!   [caption id="attachment_1600" align="alignnone" width="552"] Bolt Visits His San Diego In Home Care Client![/caption] Why you ask? Well because they are big, shinny, and magically float around. Who wouldn’t be scared of them? Woof! I guess that is something I need to work on and become more comfortable with!  Many of my San Diego in home care clients have balloons that say happy birthday, or happy anniversary or get well soon.  They have loving family members who sometimes can't visit, so they send balloons instead.  I am just going to have to get used to those big, shiny floating things! Other than my introduction to balloons my day was lots of fun. It was filled with many visits and I made many new friends. Woof!...

Senior helper therapy dog "Bolt" loves to visit his home care clients.  He even tries to pretend her can write about it. "Today I visited my best buddy, Gordon, who loves our pet therapy dog services," says Bolt. These visits are part of the home care services provided to clients by At Home Nursing Care, a licensed and accredited provider of in home care and nursing. Therapy dogs are senior helpers by providing companionship, exercise and unconditional love.  Bolt loves to be pet, and Gordon loves to take long walks with bolt, which improves his stamina and health. "Gordon is a very nice client of At Home Nursing Care," says Bolt,"he always gives me a healthy treat and pets my head." Of course, being a senior helper is tiring and Bolt often has to take a nap while he is being pet by our clients. If you or someone you love would benefit from a senior helper therapy dog, give At Home Nursing Care a call.  We offer home care and senior helper services daily, hourly and around the clock.  All care is supervised by a registered nurse, and we create a care plan with your input to get just the right care for you. We are BBB Accrdited with an A+ and we are also Accredited by the Accreditation Commimsion for Health Care.  This higher level of care and service sets our senior helper services apart. Give us a call at 760-634-8000 today   [caption id="attachment_1596" align="alignleft" width="545"] Bolt and Gordon![/caption]...

Hello, I am Bolt, a Certified Therapy Dog dedicated to helping seniors in need of a friend, or a lick, or a paw shake.   My booking agent, Lynda, sets up fun visits for me.  I mostly visit with seniors who are in need of a little puppy love because of illness or maybe because they are just getting up there in age.  I am 7 in dog years, but I act much older when I have my "uniform" on, a nice vest that tells everyone I am here to help. Today was a great day. I went to see my friends at Aviara Healthcare Center and the Carlsbad Senior Center. [caption id="attachment_1453" align="alignleft" width="224"] Graduation Day![/caption] I go into the Senior Center and greet everyone as they are leaving after lunch. Ruff! Everyone is so happy to see me.  For some reason, interacting with a pet is great for helping seniors in need because it lowers anxiety, even blood pressure.   I get my ears rubbed, my belly scratched and I even get a yummy snack once in a while. Ruff! I also went and visited all the sweet people in the memory care and rehab unit at Aviara. It’s so nice to see the smiles on their faces when I come in and visit. I wish I could stay there with some of them because I know they are lonely and need some doggie loving. Ruff! Makes me happy to know I’m bringing a “bolt” of sunshine into their lives if only for a few moments. It was so great to visit one of our client’s ,Mrs. M, who is in the rehab unit.   Mrs. M is usually taken care of in her own home by our wonderful caregiver...

Beware when you ask for prices, you may be fed misinformation and downright lies when you ask for the cost of in home care. Yesterday I attended a court ordered mediation involving a brother and sister who disagree about the cost of 24 hour care for their elderly parents.  One of the siblings asked me to attend to explain to the other sibling, the attorneys, and the mediator the true cost of qualified and legal in home care.    Everyone involved in caring for the parents could not make sense of quotes that varied by hundreds of dollars each day. I had quoted that reputable agencies were charging on average $450-500 a day for a 24 hour caregiver, one person working the entire shift who would be expected to get some sleep while in the home.  Three other companies had quoted between $160 and $200 a day.  What a difference in the cost of in home care!  What reasonable person would opt for my rates over the other, much cheaper proposals? The answer is a combination of buyer beware and you get what you pay for, plus some misinformation and downright lies.  As a former consumer advocate and investigative reporter for ABC 10News for 15 years, I feel worried that people are being taken advantage of, without being told the true issues and risks.  In each case of those lower cost quotes, the unscrupulous companies were luring the family into a situation that would potentially put the parent's and their estate in harm's way. Two of the three lower cost companies admitted they were "registries".  One said, "We are not an agency, we are a private company", which I read as saying "You are on your own if legal issues come up.. because we are not responsible."  Both companies asserted that that the caregivers that would be sent into the home would be "independent contractors." The biggest lie was printed in an email sent by the sales and marketing person for the company.  She wrote, "as independent contractors, our caregivers cannot file a worker's compensation claim, so you don't need that insurance." Lies, Lies, Lies. Let's start with the first lie, that the caregivers are independent contractors.  Not in California - someone is almost always the employer, responsible for new hire reporting, payroll tax withholding and payment, and workers compensation insurance.  Whether you have 1 employee or 100...

[caption id="attachment_1449" align="aligncenter" width="208"] "Bolt" of Sunshine[/caption] At Home Nursing Care is pleased to announce that our puppy, rescued form a shelter in Mexico, is improving in home care services.  He is ready to "Bolt" into action as a "Bolt of Sunshine" for our clients.    This adorable Austrian Sheppard puppy will soon be doing some "saving" of his own - by providing a little puppy love to our in home care services clients. Named "Bolt" in honor of the San Diego Chargers, the puppy's turn in luck from abandoned to "employed" by At Home Nursing Care as an in home care services therapy dog was all thanks to a bet on a Charger's Game. [caption id="attachment_1450" align="alignleft" width="150"] Rescue Dog to the Rescue[/caption] Lynda Clerke, At Home Nursing Care's Community Relations Director, describes how Bolts dog rescue story happened. "It was December 2014 and the Chargers were playing the Kansas City Chiefs.  A win would land the Chargers in the playoffs.  My husband, Dennis, bet the Chargers were going to lose when the Chiefs were within a field goal of a victory.  My son, Chad, said, 'I'll take that bet and if the Chargers win, I get a puppy!' The deal was struck and Charger fans know what happened next - the Chiefs missed the field goal and the Chargers went to the playoffs.  One day after the bet, we had this adorable 4 pound puppy, which my son chose to name Bolt!" Lynda - who heads the Medical Ministry program for the Rock Church in her free time - has a heart for service and she recognized this in Bolt as well.  She wanted to make our in home care services better than ever. This month, Bolt graduated from his first round of training as a therapy dog - earning accolades from his trainer along with his diploma! While at work providing in home care services, he's still a little rambunctious and has a little bit more training and growing up to do - but his future is to be a "Bolt" of sunshine for our clients and our community. [caption id="attachment_1453" align="alignright" width="150"] Graduation Day![/caption] Once his training is complete, Bolt and Lynda will be visiting At Home Nursing Care's in home care services clients who want the companionship and love of a dog, but who can't have pets full time at their in home care services in San Diego. We will also provide visits at no cost to rehabilitation centers, hospitals, or community service groups who request a "Bolt" of sunshine. Welcome to our staff Bolt! [caption id="attachment_1454" align="alignleft" width="150"] Lynda Clerke and her Bolt[/caption]             At Home Nursing Care is a licensed and accredited provider of in home care services. We offer in home care services such as bathing, dressing, incontinence care, constant safety monitoring, light housekeeping, errands and incidental transportation.  At Home Nursing Care is licensed by the California Department of Public Health to provide nursing services at home, such as medication management, geriatric care management, assistance with feeding tubes and infusions.  All care is supervised by a registered...

We are very grateful to our wonderful quality in home care clients who reacted quickly and reasonably last week when 11 different fires broke out across San Diego County. In all, emergency responders sent out 125,000 evacuation notices as more than 10,000 acres burned. Many of our At Home Nursing Care clients had to be quickly moved for their safety. "I’m grateful to Director of Operations Chelsea Kennedy and Caregiver Manager Denise Helmstetler who turned our office into a command post," said Lauren Reynolds, founder of At Home Nursing Care, a leading provider of quality in home care across San Diego County and West Los Angeles County. "They worked long days and gave our clients and employees all the help and support needed to stay out of harms way," Reynolds said. [caption id="attachment_1434" align="alignleft" width="150"] Chelsea and DeniseBest In Home Care Managers[/caption]   Kennedy and Helmstetler put a map on the wall and then marked where all of our employees and clients live.  Then they monitored emergency announcements and news reporting to see which clients should be moved during the fire evacuations in San Diego. Supervising Nurse Denise Callas activated our emergency disaster plan for our most medically fragile clients. When the smoke cleared, we had 4 clients and 4 employees evacuated. Thankfully, everyone is fine, except for one employee whose apartment building was damaged.  Her belongings are smoky. Unfortunately, we expect this fire threat to continue through the beginning of November. It’s a good time to give some extra thought to emergency plans, such as places where dependent elderly relatives should be taken during evacuations. The shelters are often not an option, as our dementia clients would not fare well in such a confusing atmosphere.  Perhaps think of nearby relatives or friends or hotels as an option.  The situation can change quickly, so have a couple options in mind. We also gave out recognition to employees who went above and beyond to provide quality and emergency in home care,  including working extra hours under pressure. Two of the employees recognized were Olga and Jennifer, long time employees who are part of our Care Ambassador program. [caption id="attachment_1433" align="alignright" width="150"] Olga and JenniferQuality In Home Care Providers[/caption] Thank you to everyone who helped and thank you to the many first responders and firefighters who kept these 11 fires from causing even more damage. At Home Nursing Care provides quality in home care to those facing a loss of independence due to age or health related factors.  We are dementia care specialists and we are licensed by the California Department of Public Health to offer nursing in the home.  We help you live a better life at home.  ...