How HomeCare of the Rockies is Raising the Standards for In-Home Care

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HomeCare of the Rockies is doing a few things differently to retain caregivers, and provide consistent, quality care for older adults.

You’ve heard the news: More Americans than ever are choosing to live at home as they age. You or your loved one might even be part of that growing trend. But, it does become harder to manage the tasks of daily living, our household chores, and complex care needs as we get older so many older adults and their families are turning to in-home caregivers for help.

At HomeCare of the Rockies we are already seeing the need for in-home care rise and we are working to meet that demand while raising the quality of care we deliver.

This is a unique challenge in an industry with a 65 percent employee turnover rate, and a workforce that is often under trained and juggling multiple jobs.

But we are meeting that challenge by doing a few things differently and the end result is consistent care delivered by valued, prepared, and qualified caregivers who are paid the highest wages in the region.

We believe that by supporting our caregivers with opportunities for full-time work, higher wages, and extensive free and paid trainings, they will be able to focus on the career they are called to do and be confident and capable of consistently providing exceptional care to older adults.

Yet many caregivers often work flex time or limited hours. This means older adults may see several different caregivers a week rather than a couple familiar faces.

We know that many seniors and families prefer to work with one or two regular caregivers each week. We can understand that desire. So, in response, are hiring more full-time caregivers – people who want to work 32 to 40 hours, or more – immediately.

A Full-Time Commitment

By offering more caregivers full-time career opportunities and working to support our team of experienced, professional caregivers we are able to consistently provide exceptional care. We are committed to creating a supportive, cohesive care team and a sustainable, viable care business for our caregivers too. And, both our clients and our caregivers can count on us to back up our care standards with a reliable and stable company so that care is never compromised.

With this renewed focus on the hiring of additional full-time caregivers, older adults will receive that care continuity they desire now and going forward and caregivers will also get the support they need, says Sandi McCann, President of HomeCare of the Rockies.

To the caregivers who do take on full-time hours, HomeCare of the Rockies offers extensive caregiver support including advanced training through the HomeCare 100, pay increases for training completed, preferential scheduling and other benefits.

This level of comprehensive caregiver training and support is unique in the industry. Often, agencies are slow or reluctant to make changes and support the caregiver with these kinds of income opportunities and educational programs, says Stephen Tweed, author of Conquering the Crisis, and a health care expert and consultant at Leading Home Care, who advises owners and CEO’s of home health agencies, home care companies, and hospice providers.

That reluctance contributes to the high industry turnover and an uncommitted workforce which is costly to the caregiving companies and concerning for older adults who experience a decline in care quality, he says.

And without adequate training, administrative support, and fair wages, professional caregivers must sometimes juggle several different jobs to make ends meet. This can leave them feeling frazzled, apathetic, and disconnected, Tweed says.

 

Investment in Caregiver Education

HomeCare of the Rockies is offsetting that apathy and raising the level of care delivered by investing in the caregivers from the very beginning, says caregiver Chrissy Santucci.

After years in the corporate world selling benefits packages to seniors, Santucci was looking for a way to give back through a meaningful career when she found HomeCare of the Rockies.

“I have a lot of compassion for older adults,” Santucci says, “And, through my work in the business world I’ve seen the need for in-home care grow. Being a caregiver is a way to translate my skills and experience in a way that benefits seniors.”

But Santucci had no caregiving experience or training when she came to the company two years ago. From the very beginning the caregiver education and support she received at HomeCare of the Rockies made a difference, she says.

“The company is concerned about our wellness, and from day one, the level of training they provide has been amazing. That means you are prepared and capable of providing excellent care,” Santucci says. “I have just learned so much. They really appreciate the caregivers.”

Now, Santucci has nearly completed the 100 hours of classroom and practical, hands-on training through the HomeCare 100, which covers all aspects of senior care and aging-related issues including dementia care, infection prevention, hygiene support, safe transfers and mobility issues, and end of life care.

This advanced 100-hour educational platform has also been chosen by the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship USA program. The Apprenticeship USA program provides on-the-job, paid training and work experience to help workers in various fields succeed in high-demand careers, according to the ApprenticeshipUSA Website.

For Santucci, the knowledge she’s gained through the HomeCare 100 has been invaluable as a professional, but the pay increase she’ll receive when she completes the 100-hour certification is also a big help personally. In the HomeCare 100 caregivers earn more as they learn more by completing different levels of training.

Supporting the Caregivers

That commitment to caregiver education and training helps build the culture of appreciation that supports consistent care delivery and helps end employee turnover and benefits the entire care team, Tweed says.

“It’s about valuing the people we work with and the seniors we serve,” McCann says. “We are here to support our caregivers so that they can provide the kind of consistent care older adults deserve.

How HomeCare of the Rockies Supports Caregivers

Our mission is to create a sustainable network to provide the quality care older adults deserve and we believe, qualified and supported caregivers are the key to providing that quality care.

So, at HomeCare of the Rockies, we provide the education and benefits our caregivers need to do the job they are called to do so that you and your loved ones receive quality care you can count on.

Call now 720-204-6083 and find out how you can connect with a qualified caregiver who can help you and your loved one live life on your terms in the place you call home.

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