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Today At Home Care Solution celebrated the growth of its in home care services by celebrating its employees and clients.  The festive holiday open house showcased the company's new expanded offices. [caption id="attachment_682" align="alignleft" width="270"] At Home Care Solution Caregivers and Office Staff[/caption]   The company, which provides non-medical in home care and care management throughout San Diego County, just moved into new offices on Saxony Road in Encinitas.  After two years of providing in home care to seniors, the company had outgrown its original space. [caption id="attachment_699" align="alignright" width="300"] The In Home Care Manager and Quality Control Manager[/caption]   “We’ve been so fortunate to have loyal clients and satisfied referral sources, we simply grew faster than we anticipated, which prompted our move.  Our new office features an expanded training center where we plan to hold numerous caregiver and professional training programs in 2013 and beyond,” explained founder Lauren Reynolds. [caption id="attachment_689" align="alignright" width="300"] The in home care office staff[/caption]   After a 15 year career as a reporter and anchor for 10News in San Diego, Reynolds opened the home care company in2010 after her own experience needing in home care for her terminally ill mother. “She asked us to make sure she could spend the rest of her life in her home in Los Angeles, and my family did that with the help of  in home care.  The experience inspired me to want to provide the same valuable service here in San Diego,” she said. Reynolds now employs 70 caregivers and office staff which includes a Certified Home Care Manager and a Registered Nurse with a degree in Public Health. [caption id="attachment_691" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Certified In Home Care Manager with wonderful caregivers[/caption] They provide senior in home care hourly, daily and they specialize in placing live in caregivers with elderly or disabled clients who want to remain in their homes.   All of the caregivers are screened, trained, bonded and supervised. [caption id="attachment_693" align="alignleft" width="300"] Managers at Aviara Healthcare Center and Balboa Ambulance[/caption]   The company is BBB accredited and Certified by the California Health Services at Home and American Board of Home Care. Clients who attended the party included Lucille, who sat between Christine and Rosa, her two caregivers.     “They are my best friends,” she said. Also at the party was Loren, who will turn 101 in January. [caption id="attachment_684" align="alignright" width="196"] Loren and Aida[/caption] He told the crowd that the key to his long life was that he "didn't drink, smoke, curse or go with the girls who did,  well, at least that's what I tell people."  He attended the event with his caregiver, Aida. [caption id="attachment_694" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The youngest attendee with her mother[/caption] The company has a five star rating with Carerate.com, a service which evaluates the quality of care provided by companies like At Home Care Solution.  To learn more about At Home Nursing Care and their quality home care services, visit their website at www.thecaresolution.com or call 760-634-8000 for a no-cost, in home assessment for senior home care in Los Angeles and San Diego.   [caption id="attachment_703" align="alignleft" width="300"] Enjoying lunch![/caption]...

State of the art new hospital set to open in La Jolla on 2016. More than 200 San Diegans turned out  Monday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Jacobs Medical Center,  a new 245 room facility that will house three new specialty hospitals: the Hospital for Cancer Care, the Hospital for Advanced Surgery and the Hospital for Women and Infants. [caption id="attachment_163" align="alignleft" width="300"] From left, Dr. David Brenner, Carol Vassiliadis, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox[/caption] Named for benefactors Joan and Irwin Jacobs, who donated $75 million dollars to the project, the Jacobs Medical Center will have private rooms, interactive technology, and will serve as a bridge between research being carried out at UC San Diego and bedside hospital care. Lauren Reynolds, President and C.E.O. of At Home Care Solution, the leading provider of in home care across San Diego, served as Master of Ceremonies.  She is an active member of the Alumni Association and graduated from UC San Diego in 1994.   [caption id="attachment_174" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Lauren Reynolds Introducing Guests[/caption] "I am so proud of my alma mater," Reynolds remarked, "...

More than 300 caregivers, employers and clients flew to Sacramento on February 21st to encourage lawmakers to pass thoughtful, reasonable laws regarding home care for the disabled and elderly. At the one day conference, members of the home care industry awarded Assembly Member Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) as Legislator of the Year for her efforts to introduce a cost-effective and reasonable bill that would regulate home care. Her bill stalled in the Assembly despite its goals to protect seniors, agencies and care workers rights from unscrupulous companies and the underground economy. Lobby Day was organized by the California Association for Health Services at Home in direct response to two bills that threaten to vastly increase the home health care cost. The first is SB411, proposed by Senator Price and co-sponsored by the SEIU, a union that represents service workers.  SB411 would regulate home care, which most responsible home care agency owners support.  The problem with SB411 is that it would cost the cash-strapped California $25 million and would impose excessive regulatory costs onto home care agencies. For example, under SB411, home care workers would need to be "certified" annually before they could perform non-medical in home care such as meal preparation, assistance with bathing, dressing and safety monitoring.  This is a higher standard of regulation than for workers who currently provide certified nursing assistant services.  Plus, at a cost of $165 per employee, per year, this certification would lead to a "tax" on the average home care business of $20,000 - $50,000 per year, an excessive fee to do business in California. While the concept of SB411 is good, the bill goes way to far and micromanages and overwhelms the home care owner.  In addition, it would require the names and places of employment of each caregiver be posted publicly online.  This would threaten caregiver privacy and make them easy targets of identity thieves. When Georgetta, a home care worker for more than 20 years, heard that her name and employer would be publicly posted online, she responded, "That's not safe,  I don't want my information available like that." Equally troubling is AB889, proposed by Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), that would end the personal care exemption for home care workers and would assume an employer is negligent if an employee files a worker's compensation claim.  This would reverse the efforts California has made to decrease the amount of fraud and waste in the worker's compensation system. It would also shorten worker's hours, remove the paid meal times worker's currently get with unpaid meal times and would increase the cost for seniors. This bill does the opposite of what it intends. Mr. Ammiano calls his bill the Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights, and he is promoting it along with the union the AFL-CIO.   Mr. Ammiano cites wage and hour abuses in the domestic service industry as the need for the regulations. Most responsible home care agencies agree that there are wage and hour abuses in domestic work, however those abuses tend to happen in private homes with workers who are not appropriately...

On February 21, 2011, hundreds of employees and owners of home care agencies will gather in Sacramento to lobby against harmful home care legislation that threaten to drastically increase the costs seniors pay for in home care. One bill, SB411, co-sponsored by the SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, and Senator Cullen Price,(D- Los Angeles) calls for licensing home care in California and also certification of home care aides. While reputable home care companies, who are members of the California Association for Health Services at Home, support licensing the growing home care industry, they oppose this bill unless two very harmful provisions are amended. First, in this home care services act, SB 411 will require that employers pay for training for their employees, and then pay an annual fee of up to $180 per employee. This is an exorbitant fee and it’s higher than any other fee we can think of imposed on companies in California.    This added expense to have an “annual” certification will cost the average home care agency an estimated $20,000 to $50,000 per year, an expense that will have to be passed onto consumers who already struggle to be able to afford care to stay in their homes. Secondly, the bill will require all home care aides to have their names and where they work posted publicly on a website, which invades their privacy and threatens their personal safety.  In addition, it provides a launching pad for identity thieves who will already be able to gather a great deal about the home care workers. One employee, Georgetta, a former nurse, said “that’s not safe; I don’t want anyone who goes online to know where I am working.” Home care agency owners and their employees instead want to support licensing, but to have home care workers names and employers not posted publicly. Also, it’s a waste of time and money to force companies to renew the certification of their employees “annually”.  A much better plan would be to have the certification revocable if there was any crime, similar to what happens with Certified Nursing Assistants and nurses. On top of those two harmful provisions, SB 411 would cost the state an estimated $25 million dollars, at a time when the state is cutting services and grappling with a massive budget deficit. A much lower cost option is AB 899.   The California Association for Health Services at Home is supporting AB 899 by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long Term Care.  It would license home care agencies and would not post employees names and placed of work online. As the elderly population is expected to double over the next 20 years, costs must be controlled or seniors will be forced to find care in the underground economy, or worse, they'll end up in nursing homes paid for by Medicaid.  We urge those who are concerned about these issues to contact their State Senator or Assembly member and urge no on SB 411, unless amended until it makes common and economic sense.  ...

Many people are wondering how a proposal to end a federal "exemption"for personal care attendants and home care aides will end up affecting the costs for clients and employment home health care laws for employers. In a presentation to home care employers, attorney John Gilliland tried to stress that while major changes may be in store, agencies will be able to adapt. "This wont put you out of business," he said, clients will still need help.   A sad, unintended consequence is that the higher costs associated with the changes will force some seniors into skilled nursing homes rather than aging in place at home. A proposal by the U.S. Labor Department would end an exemption that allows employers to not pay overtime to "companions" who provide care in someone's private home.   This exemption has allowed longer shifts, such as 12 hour shifts and "live-in", where the caregiver spends 24 hours in the home, but generally sleeps eight hours a night. The proposed change would also mandate that caregivers be paid minimum wage, something that's already law in California. Gilliland said that there are 17 states across the country which have already eliminated the exemption and companies and clients have adjusted. For live in care, he said, clients will be given a choice:  Do they want continuity of care with one caregiver for most of the week at a higher rate, or do they want costs lowered by having multiple caregivers in the home working less than 40 hours total? Archana Acharya, an attorney with Murphy Law Group in Los Angeles, said of the proposed changes, "It's a grey area right now." Hypothetically, in California, here is how the rule change for live in care may play out. Right now families are charged a basic rate for 16 hours of work, provided the caregiver gets 8 hours of sleep, five of those hours uninterrupted. The average rate in San Diego County is $200 - 240 per day for that service. Under the new plan, if a family wants more continuity of care, for a 24 hour "live-in" shift, they could expect to pay a regular rate for the first 8 hours, time and a half for the second eight hours, and double time for the last four hours, adding up to sixteen hours per day of work.  Eight hours of sleep time could be deducted from the employee's pay and the client's costs, if the employee actually got 8 hours of sleep.  The costs to the client would likely be as much as $300 a day. Another requirement of the proposed rule change is that records must be kept of any interruption of sleep time.   Employees would have to keep a time sheet noting any reason for waking up overnight.  In California, if an employee gets less than five hours of uninterrupted sleep, they must be paid for all 24 hours.    It's at that point that the costs would skyrocket for clients, and it would probably be less expensive to move into a nursing facility.  Worst case, the client would...

A recent USA Today article states that there is an increase in seniors living over the age of 90.  According to author Haya El Nasser “The number of people living to age 90 and beyond has tripled in the past three decades to almost 2 million and is likely to quadruple by 2050”. Seniors who live longer generally have some sort of disability or need help at some level of living. Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, indicates that the focus needs to be on being able to help these seniors live at home as long as possible as nursing home cost could rise to average $72,000 a year. Long Term Care at any level, in the home, assisted living or nursing home can add a tremendous cost to seniors and their families. Government Programs Only Pay For About 16% Of Long Term Care Government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration will cover the cost of long-term care under certain conditions. Medicare will cover rehabilitation from a hospital stay or limited care at home if there is a skilled (medical) need. The Veterans Administration will cover the cost of nursing home care indefinitely if the veteran is at least 70% service-connected disabled. The VA will also cover other forms of home-based or community-based care if there is a medical need. Medicaid will cover both medical and non-medical related long-term care but in order to qualify for Medicaid a person has to have less than $2,000 in assets and income that is insufficient to pay the cost of care. Funding Long Term Care with your Life Insurance Policy Drawing cash from life insurance or changing a life insurance policy should only be done after reviewing with an expert advisor.  Loss of the policy and death benefit could prove to be a detriment.  If, however you have accumulated cash in a life insurance policy and no longer need the coverage you may consider using the cash for long term care or purchasing a LTC rider to your current policy. New insurance products are being developed to cover both life insurance and long term care insurance. ElderLawAnswers reports: “A new law makes the purchase of products that combine annuities or insurance policies with long-term care insurance more attractive. These "hybrid" products are gaining in popularity due to a law that went into effect January 1, 2010, making distributions from life insurance and annuities tax-free when used to pay for long-term care. The same law also allows owners of annuities or life insurance policies to exchange their old policies for insurance for long-term care or hybrid policies without being taxed.” Combination sales which include life insurance, annuities and traditional long-term care coverage are becoming popular with insurance companies and may prove a method of financing long term care.  Investigate closely, however to find what exactly will be covered.  Some policies do not cover home care costs or complete costs of nursing homes. Long Term Care Insurance Funding for All Long Term Care Needs The first long-term care...

On December 15th, The Department of Labor announced a new proposed rule that could dramatically change how seniors and those with disabilities access home care.  The proposal would eliminate a long standing federal labor code exception that allows home care agencies and private families to avoid paying overtime and minimum wage to live-in caregivers.    (In California and many other states, minimum wage is already mandated by state law and paid, but the overtime exemption still exists.  Most reputable agencies in California already pay higher than minimum wage for hourly home care workers.) The overtime exemption dates back to 1974 and it was intended for domestic employees who “provide companionship services for individuals who (because of age or infirmity) are unable to care for themselves…” The idea was to allow a family or individual to hire a “caregiver” and set a wage for live-in, allowing the family to avoid excessive regulations regarding mandatory breaks, paperwork, etc.   Over the last three decades, the exemption has also been used by third party employers, such as home care agencies, to put caregivers in the home for so called “live-in” shifts.   The caregiver is typically paid for 16 hours of work per day and is given 8 hours of rest. The caregivers take meal breaks in the home and have access to restrooms, a phone, tv, and rest as needed.  However, regular labor codes, such as providing a 15 minute break every five hours of work, are not applicable. The Labor Department cited a large growth in the home care industry and a growing number of workers employed as caregivers as a reason to re-examine the live-in overtime exemption. Under the rules proposed December 15th, home care agencies and registries would no longer be able to use the exemption for live-in workers.   It’s not yet clear if that would mean live-in caregivers would have to be paid minimum wage the first 8 hours, time and a half the second four hours, then double time the next four hours.  If that is true, the cost to seniors and their families would go up by roughly 50 percent per day.   The result could be that families would turn to the underground economy for care and would perhaps hire unscrupulous individuals who are not vetted, trained, or supervised. Under the proposed new rules, Individuals and families could still use the exemption if they hired privately, however, that use would be narrowed.  For example, they could not hire a “professional” caregiver, or someone who provides care as a vocation.   They’d be able to use the exemption only if they hired a family member, friend, or someone who doesn’t ordinarily earn income from caregiving. The proposed rule clarifies that only incidental housework could be performed by the live-in caregiver.  Tasks such as cleaning dishes or doing a load of laundry would be okay.  Vacuuming would not be okay. Other incidental tasks to be allowed would include bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, driving to appointments, feeding, etc. It’s also not clear what affect this would have on nannies or babysitters,...

There is no question health care spending is a critical issue.   Approximately 17 % of our gross domestic product is related to expenditures in health care, an amount that's seen a steady rise. Health care reform was proposed as a solution to the rising costs, but Steve Espinoza of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial County warns the road ahead is clouded with fog and haze. Take Accountable Care Organizations for example.  Espinoza explains them this way, "It's like a unicorn, everyone knows what it is, but no one has ever seen one." What is Health Care Reform? The Health care reform is a 10 year process, with a watershed year being 2014, assuming the constitutional challenges are met and an individual mandate to buy insurance or face a penalty survives. Accountable Care Organizations are one part of the plan.  Put simply, ACO's are a way to reduce costs, by reducing unnecessary tests or procedures.  Those in the organization would share the cost savings and the potential risks of getting less reimbursement for undesirable outcomes.  Another major goal is to reduce hospital readmission rates within a 30 day period for the same diagnosis. Espinoza likens the idea to a TV Manufacturer, say Sony for example.  Sony uses lots of different vendors for the parts...

Caregivers often don’t recognize when they are in over their heads until they reach a breaking point.  Short-term the caregiver can handle it. Long-term, help is often needed. A typical pattern with an overloaded caregiver may unfold as follows: 1 to 18 months - the caregiver is confident, has everything under control and is coping well. Other friends and family are lending support. 20 to 36 months - the caregiver may be taking medication to sleep and control mood swings. Outside help dwindles away and except for trips to the store or doctor, the caregiver has severed most social contacts. The caregiver feels alone and helpless. 38 to 50 months - Besides needing tranquilizers or antidepressants, the caregiver's physical health is beginning to deteriorate. Lack of focus and sheer fatigue cloud judgment and the caregiver is often unable to make rational decisions or ask for help. It is often at this stage that family or friends intercede and find other solutions for care. This may include respite care, hiring home health aides or putting the disabled loved one in a facility. Without intervention, the caregiver may become a candidate for long term care as well. At Home Care Solution provides nurse case management, social worker case management, and high quality certified nursing assistants, home health aides and caregivers to assist when families become overwhelmed.  We provide care on an hourly basis and we specialize in high quality and affordable live-in care for 24 hour peace of mind. With the holiday season upon us, caregivers feel even more stress -- with planning, shopping and participating in holiday activities. This is a perfect time for family and friends to step up and provide some respite time and caregiving help.  Whether it is provided personally or arranged as a gift of services to be provided by a professional respite company or home care provider, it is a welcome gift. An article in “Today’s Caregiver” states: “Nearly one in four caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias provide 40 hours a week or more of care. Seventy-one percent sustain this commitment for more than a year, and 32 percent do so for five years or more. One of the best gifts you can give someone caring for Alzheimer’s is something that provides a bit of respite and relieves the caregivers stress. The Gift of time: Cost-effective and truly meaningful gifts are self-made coupons for cleaning the house, preparing a meal, moving lawn/shoveling driveway, respite times that allow the caregiver time off to focus on what he/she needs.” It is also important to note that hiring professional care provider services can provide valuable ongoing support to an overloaded caregiver. A financial planner, care funding specialist or a reverse mortgage specialist may find the funds to pay for professional help to keep a loved one at home. A care manager can guide the family and the caregiver through the maze of long term care issues. The care manager has been there many times -- the family is experiencing it for the first time. An elder law...

This past month At Home Care Solution teamed with Lorian Home Health Care, CVS pharmacy and other CAHSAH certified home care agencies in San Diego County to celebrate everyday heros in the home. As part of National Home Care month, parties were thrown across San Diego County at various CVS stores and 8 family and unpaid caregivers were awarded a combined $4000. [caption id="attachment_84" align="alignright" width="300"] Christy Stevenson gives a five minute makeover.[/caption]   At Home Care Solution helped to organize the party at the Encinitas CVS, where Christy Stevenson of Charisma by Christy donated her skills as a make up artist to give five minute make-overs. Diana Harvey of Healing Hands donated chair massages, which led to big smiles and relaxed shoulders. [caption id="attachment_81" align="alignleft" width="300"] Diana Harvey of Healing Hands provides a much needed back break.[/caption]   Denise Callas, Nursing Supervisor for At Home Care Solution, gave free blood pressure screenings. It was a fun afternoon that gave a much needed break to men and women who typically give care and rarely get care for themselves. The person recognized at the Encinitas party was Linda, a mother of four who is caring for her parents with chronic illness.  She was given a $500 prize and said, "Having just lost my car, everyday is a challenge, this money is so unexpected, thank you all." At Home Care Solution would like to thank CVS, Lorian Home Health, Christy Stevenson and Diana Harvey for donating their time and expertise to this worthwhile event. If you or someone you love needs home care in San Diego CA, remember to select a CAHSAH certified agency, such at At Home Care Solution.  CAHSAH certification means the agency screens and monitors its employees, has worker's compensation insurance, general liability and employee bonding, puts rates in writing and gets each employee screened for TB. For more information, visit CAHSAH online.    ...