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At Home Nursing Care is pleased to announce that founder and administrator Lauren Reynolds of San Diego has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce for her efforts to improve homecare in San Diego."This is such a wonderful honor, I'm very thankful to the chamber and to my incredible staff of employees for making this possible," Reynolds said.She was recognized for growing her non-medical in home care business to more than 75 employees and for revenue growth topping 300% for the last three years.  Her employees enjoy higher than industry standard wages, a 401 K with a 4% company match and ongoing training.In addition, At Home Nursing Care and its subsidiary, At Home Care Solution, are a leading provider of free continuing education for health care professionals.Reynolds founded her company in 2010 after experiencing first hand the need for quality in home care.  Her mother, who died at age 58, needed home care for the last 10 months of her life.  The experience inspired Reynolds to retire from a 15 year career as a news reporter for 10 News."Home care is my calling now, and I'm so grateful for the clients and their families who put their trust in me.  I've never regretted making this change, and I truly appreciate the recognition," she said. At Home Nursing Care & At Home Care Solution, Inc. provide non-medical in home personal care and specialize in dementia care.  At Home Nursing Care is licensed by the California Department of Public Health as a private duty home health agency.  We offer quality care you can trust with nurse oversight.  Call 888-634-8004 or visit our website, www.athomenursingcare.com, to learn more!   ...

Homecare San Diego leading provider, At Home Nursing Care,  announces a new service to its homecare San Diego clients, free Lifeline Medical Alert Services for clients with 30 hours of service or more each week.It's part of their "we care even when we're not there" program."Many of our clients can only afford 30 hours of home care a week of care, but we want them to have the peace of mind that they can still get immediate help in case of a fall when their home care professional is not in the home with them," said Lauren Reynolds, Administrator/Founder of At Home Nursing Care and homecare San Diego administrator.Home care LifeLine San Diego clients are offered the basic push button devices which alerts a call center in the United States in the event of an emergency.[caption id="attachment_808" align="alignleft" width="150"] Alert Pendant[/caption]  Dispatchers in that call center can alert 911, if needed.  Some clients may elect to pay a slightly higher rate to get the automatic fall detector.  According to the manufacturer, the automatic alert pendant sends a signal to the dispatch center whenever someone wearing it has fallen, even if that person does not have the ability to press the button."We are currently taking care of clients who were seriously injured by a fall and so they feel anxiety about being in their home alone.  If they can't afford 24/7 home care in San Diego, at least they can feel like they have a partner looking out for them."In addition to paying the basic monthly fee for clients, At Home Nursing Care can often negotiate with the Manufacturer to waive the installation charge.  However, this is on a case by case basis as long as certain promotions last."One of our homecare San Diego clients calls the Lifeline pendant her 'night nurse', she really is thankful to have it.  She presses it once a month just to make sure someone answers, and they always do," explained Reynolds.[caption id="attachment_809" align="alignright" width="150"] Medication dispenser[/caption]Another homecare San Diego service available is an automatic medication dispenser.  At Home Nursing Care has a medication management service where a registered nurse can fill the dispenser, which automatically dispenses medications in little dose cups at pre-set times.  Call for more information about that program or any other homecare San Diego needs you may have.At Home Nursing Care provides non-medical home care in San Diego  along with skilled services such as medication management, diabetes care and nurse case management.  Homecare can be provided hourly, daily, around the clock or as a "live-in" basis.  Caregivers can help with bathing, dressing, incontinence care, meal preparation, light housework and incidental transportation.  All of At Home Nursing Care's homecare professionals are screened, bonded, insured, trained and supervised to provide quality in home care the community can trust.Call At Home Nursing Care at 760-634-8000 for a n0-cost in home assessment by a registered nurse and see how we can enhance the quality of life for yourself or someone you love....

At Home Nursing Care is pleased to congratulate our exceptional San Diego in home care provider, Ade, for her acceptance into a 3 year MD residency program.  Ade will be traveling from San Diego to Forest Hills Hospital in New York this week to begin the program.  She plans to work in internal medicine.[caption id="attachment_949" align="alignright" width="150"] Congratulations Ade for her acceptance into a 3 year MD Residency program. Thank you for providing such great San Diego in home care to our clients![/caption]Ade has been a wonderful addition to our At Home Nursing Care staff, putting her best effort into making sure her clients had all the comforts she can provide.  She took excellent care of a client in the last stages of life on hospice and also cared for a dementia client with compassion, great skill and professionalism.  She is exactly the kind of intelligent and warm hearted person we seek to hire.Although we are so sad to see Ade go, we are very proud of the difference she will make in people's lives as an MD!Congratulations Ade and best luck over the next 3 years!At Home Nursing Care provides non-medical San Diego in home care and also skilled nursing in our clients homes.  Our caring, professional staff sets us apart from other home care providers.  If you or someone you love would benefit from top quality San Diego in home care, give At Home Nursing Care a call at 760-634-8000.  ...

At Home Nursing Care Founder Lauren Reynolds will appear on San Diego Six tomorrow, during their San Diego Living program.  She'll explain why she launched At Home Nursing Care after her own mother's battle to stay safe at home with terminal cancer.[caption id="attachment_940" align="alignright" width="117"] Lauren Reynolds, Founder, At Home Nursing Care[/caption][caption id="attachment_941" align="alignleft" width="150"] Lauren Reynolds with her mother, Mary Kay, before her death at age 58. Also pictured is Lauren's son.[/caption]She'll also talk about what sets At Home Nursing Care apart in terms of our quality employees, exclusive training programs and our state approved ongoing continuing education for nurses, social workers and the public.Tune in at 9:00 am to San Diego Six to see Lauren being interviewed live!At Home Nursing Care is a provider of quality San Diego in home care services and in home nursing.  We offer non-medical caregivers, nurse case management, live in and hourly care across San Diego County.We are also licensed by the California Department of Public Health to provide medical in home care, with our skilled nurses and our licensed vocational nurses.  Care can be provided with daily, weekly, or even monthly visits.  We also offer skilled nursing care in the home around the clock for those patients who need continuous care.Call 760-634-8000 to learn more today!  ...

When it comes to selecting the right kind of at home nursing care, many families are confused.  There are so many different types of services, home health, home care, hospice, non-medical care, skilled nursing, it's no wonder families get frustrated.[caption id="attachment_934" align="alignright" width="150"] Only At Home Nursing Care LVN's or RN's can administer medications or change dressings for in home care patients.[/caption]If a loved one is currently in the hospital or a rehabilitation center, a great resource is the discharge planner or the "nurse navigator".   These skilled professionals have special training to help patients seek out the appropriate community resources.At Home Nursing Care can also help.  We can provide an assessment to determine the level of care that would be best for yourself or your family member.Here are some of the quick guidelines or rules of thumb that we follow.First, our non medical in home care caregivers are great at providing companionship, safety monitoring, meal preparation ,light housekeeping, incidental transportation to doctor's appointments or errands, bathing, dressing, even feeding services.  Caregivers are limited to only providing medication reminders.  They are not able to "administer medications".If a client needs any kind of medical care at home, such as injections, dressing changes, or administering of medications such as morphine, then skilled nursing services at home are most appropriate.  Much of the at home nursing care can be performed by a licensed vocational nurse or a registered nurse, who follow doctor's orders.   Those orders are written instructions telling the nurses when to give medications, what kinds of medications to give, when and how to treat wounds or sores, etc.   Doctor's orders must be updated periodically.Some at home nursing care is covered by insurance and some is private pay, meaning the patient is responsible for the charges.  Be sure to ask your care provider to explain.If you or your loved one need non medical in home nursing care, call At Home Nursing Care at 760-634-8000 for quality Los Angeles and San Diego home health care....

At Home Nursing Care announces a new medication management program to reduce hospitalizations and improve the quality of life for our patients.Every year in the United States, 7,000 people are killed and 2 million people are harmed by medication errors.   (40 % of all medical errors in the United States are medication errors). This unnecessary suffering robs patients of their chance to heal and costs the economy $3.5 billion dollars.[caption id="attachment_895" align="alignleft" width="150"] 18% of Older Americans Take 10 or More Medications[/caption]The reasons for the errors are many.  They include problems in our health care system, socioeconomic factors, caregiver engagement and functional issues such as dementia.Some of the confusion comes from the vast number of medications that Americans are prescribed.  40 % of adults over 65 years of age take 4 to 9 medications, and 18% take 10 or more medications.  At the same time, 81% of adults report that they cannot say the reason they are taking the medication. As the quality nurses who work for At Home Nursing Care understand, every prescription written is supposed to have these facts; the name of the patient, the date of the prescription, the strength, quantity, how the medication should be taken, the number of refills and the doctor's signature.   Still, 12 % of all prescriptions written contain errors. Patients are often confused by their medications, they may skip medications, they may not refill a prescription or they are never taken off a medication that they no longer need. On the health care delivery side (think of physicians and hospitals), medication interactions are not addressed, the medication list is incorrect or not updated, patients are sent home with the wrong medications, there is no care provider who is made responsible for the medications and chronic medications are not adjusted for current issues.  At Home Nursing Care can help.  With doctor's orders, the nurses of At Home Nursing Care can be the provider who oversees the medications, reviews them, checks for interactions and streamlines current prescriptions.  Our in home nurses can create an easy, clear, legible and understandable medication plan.[caption id="attachment_901" align="alignright" width="100"] Denise Callas, Nursing Supervisor, At Home Nursing Care[/caption] We offer the Phillips Lifeline automatic medication dispenser for those who need it, and we also provide clearly labelled pill boxes, filled by a licensed nurse.[caption id="attachment_896" align="alignright" width="150"] Lifeline Pill Dispenser, Filled by an RN[/caption] If you or someone you love would benefit from medication management for seniors, give At Home Nursing Care a call at 760-634-8000.  We are here to help.  Also, visit us online at athomenursingcare.com. At Home Nursing Care offers quality non medical in home care caregivers and also licensed nurses who can provide care in the home.  We are licensed by the California Department of Public Health for our skilled nursing services and we are Certified by the California Association for Health Services at Home and the American Board of Home Care for our non-medical in home care.  Call for more information about the home care services in Los Angeles and San Diego we...

At Home Nursing Care warns consumers what some "registries" are hiding - Caregivers are never independent contractors.Having employees in California is a challenge.  There are ever changing rules, lots of documentation that must be done, income that must be reported, taxes that must be withheld, insurance that must be provided. The list goes on and on.  At Home Nursing Care complies with all of those regulations, and more. Others do not.  To avoid the employment liability and cost, many families are told by registries, (firms which simply screen caregivers and introduce them to a family for work in a home), that the caregivers are “independent contractors” and so insurance and payroll issues are the responsibility of the caregiver, not the elderly client.   According to California state regulators, that is never true.   Yet registries continue to make that assertion to families who believe they can save a couple of dollars per hour by using a registry to find care for mom or dad. (At Home Nursing Care is not a registry, it’s a full service agency which employs all of its employees, reports all wages, provides proper withholding of payroll taxes and complies with all worker’s compensation and general liability insurance standards. Our caregivers are always our employees.) “The caregiver working in a domestic setting is always an employee, either of the family or of the registry,” said Lynn Prettyman.  She works for the California Employment Development Department, or EDD.  It’s the agency that regulates employers and levies fines for non-compliance with labor laws.She says many audits are triggered when a worker, such as a caregiver, files for unemployment and the state realizes no wages were reported and no unemployment insurance was withheld.  Or a caregiver may fall in the elderly client’s home, become injured and will seek worker’s compensation coverage that was never purchased.  The state then investigates who the employer was and levies fines to pay for the unemployment or worker's comp insurance. Prettyman says once an employee earns $1000 in a quarter, a three month period, then the wages for that worker must be reported to the state and unemployment insurance and payroll taxes must be paid.  Additionally, California says even an individual with only one employee must provide worker’s compensation insurance.  Not having worker’s compensation insurance can lead to a $10,000 fine or more. In addition, referral agencies cannot train the employees at all, and they cannot supervise them or direct how the client is to be cared for.   All they can do is run a background check. If the referral agency is audited, then the state has the open of auditing each client who hired a caregiver from that registry.  Asked if the state actually goes after elderly people who hired what they thought were independent contractors, Prettyman answered simply “yes.” Families considering hiring a caregiver through registries need to "watch their step" and make sure they are well informed that short term savings could lead to longer term liabilities.If you or someone you love needs quality in home care services in...