A update on late responses to readers/questions-This blog was hit by repeated spam attacks- just in the last week, over a thousand messages! It seems since the new year that the number has risen dramatically…… But this rise in spam attacks means that I sometimes miss important questions from individuals looking for info on Home Care and info on nursing.
My apologies! If you are writing from any other State other California, I should let you know that EVERY state has different guidelines/rules/regulations. I’m familiar only with California, so please limit your questions to this golden state!
I often get many question about what level’s nursing there are or what the difference is between a Licensed Vocation Nurses and a Registered Nurse. So I’ve decided to put together a series of blog post’s that explains the various education levels required to meet each certification, license or degree required to get those initials behind your name (in CA Only)!!
This is the second entry in the series of blog posts on the levels of Nursing. This level of Nursing is the first one requiring an education: the Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A).
The Certified Nursing Assistant is a not a formal degree program, but a certificate earned via a training education that contains components such as basic theory, a clinical practicum and final testing for the certificate.
A CNA’s role vary depending on the setting – hospitals, nursing homes, in the home setting and other facilities that offer long-term care – s/he chooses to work in. For example, responsibilities of CNAs working in nursing homes are a bit different than those working in public hospitals, vs those who work in clients homes. A true ‘front line’ nurse wherever they work.
CNA’s are responsible for relaying essential information to nurses in charge (LVN, RN) pertaining to such things as changes in clients’ behavior, needs and/or conditions. In the home setting, they have direct, routine contact with clients as they help them with their daily activities, cooking, cleaning and hygiene needs. In combination with the SHC case management services, it is an affordable care option that comes with significant resources behind it to make staying at home a reality– and that can bring significant peace of mind to our client.
I often get many question about what level’s nursing there are or what the difference is between a Licensed Vocation Nurses and a Registered Nurse. So I’ve decided to put together a series of blog post’s that explains the various education levels required to meet each certification, license or degree required to get those initials behind your name!!
Lets start with the entry level Nursing: the Nursing Companion.
Nursing Companion’s are often ‘the ‘eyes and ears” of professional nurses, alerting them to something that needs to be looked at and possibly assessed. They are the most common type of nurses who do not require any certification or formal education, yet often have life experience that drives them to pursue this line of work. At Senior Home Companions, companions undergo basic training that includes ( but not limited to) body mechanics, First Aid, CPR along with ability to learning how to take vital signs. This, of course, includes a extensive background check system prior to any companion being matched up with any of our clients. Companion care is primarily emotional support and companionship for seniors who are generally healthy and who want to remain independent at home. However, it can also include a range of non-medical services that help make a senior’s life more manageable. In combination with SHC services, it is an affordable service that comes with significant resources to make staying at home a reality!
A Senior Home Companions Case manager is a Licensed Nurse who collaborates with the family or responsible party in a process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an clients individual comprehensive needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes. Utilizing a supervising board certified Nurse Practitioner in conjunction with the area’s resources, families know that they are in the very best of hands.
That’s a very comprehensive component to what SHC provides in its mission to promote ‘Peace of Mind’ for all of its clients.
Far and away the number one question we here at SHC get is–Who pays for this care? And the answer, like many things in life, is “it depends”.
I can tell you doesn’t pay- Medicare. Medicare WILL pay for routine HOME HEALTH visits while treating a specific illness or disease process, but then after the financial cap is hit, that’s it. And Straight Medicare it never pays for someone to stay overnight or throughout the days ( Some Medicare Advantage plans have limited Home Care Policies). This is a huge shock for most people as they believed it did and often become upset when I tell them otherwise.
Home care is generally paid for privately (cash) or via a long term care insurance policy (see link below to more info on this issue).
The only government program available to help pay for in home care is IHSS-which is –In Home Support Services. This California quasi state-government agency requires that the individual be qualified for Medi-Cal services & there are limits on what and how long they will pay for the services. Cut and past the addresses below into your broswers for more info.
See this In Home Services link here-
Long term Care Insurance Info
SHC uses multiple formal systems to make sure that the professionals that are hired at SHC have no questionable histories- either criminal or health-wise. Just the very first step is the ‘live scan’ system set-up by the CA Department of Justice. A link to their website is here and on our resources page under FAQs: http://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints
to explore the beginning of a background check. For some companies this is the beginning and end of their ‘background check”. Not SHC!
A complete history and physical examination, federal background checks, and several national (& expensive) background checks to confirm our rigorous interview process assures that the professional who is coming to your home (wherever that may be) to help is actually who they hold themselves out to be. No excuses here- SHC puts its time, training and money into making sure that the our clients get the best staff available!
A Great way to see how our staff treat SHC Clients!
We are a full service in-home care organization that can help individuals of ANY age remains safely at home.Whether its a child with special needs or with insulin dependent diabetes, we have staff that are trained to help you at home! Jump on over to our websites services or FAQS pages for more information!
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Did you know that all Home Care is licensed by the state? There is a whole set of Rules and Regulations that legitimate companies must abide by! All our staff are employees- not ‘1099’ independent contractors. That means SHC provides our employees with Workers Compensation, along with having bonding with professional and general liability insurance to insure protection for our clients from the unexpected. SHC abides by all wage and hourly laws- a huge deal! FYI- “24hr Live ins” are not a legal options if a company follows these laws. Why is that important? Ask us for details! To sum it up-what it means is no nasty surprises for our clients down the road. The horror stories that some of our clients tell us of having worked with organization’s that seem to be giving them a “great deal” at the time, which later turns into a costly & emotional nightmare– it routinely validate’s our model and reinforce’s that in all areas when someone hires SHC, they are insuring ‘Peace of Mind”.