“I enjoy working with veterans because they have a wonderful view of the world and of life itself,” says caregiver Montana F. “You get to meet amazing people and enjoy each other’s company, while helping them with their daily needs.”
Montana is just one of the caregivers at independently owned and operated BrightStar Care agencies across the country who are passionate about supporting their clients who have served our country. With more than 4,000 veterans tended to by our compassionate and experienced caregivers during 2022, we’ve found that our caregivers gain far more than they give. We’re proud to share a few of these powerful relationships.
Montana F. has been caring for veteran Christine S. for more than a year, handling those daily activities that Christine can no longer do herself or that cause extreme exhaustion. Since Christine was no longer eating well-balanced meals due to persistent fatigue, one of Montana’s most important tasks includes cooking healthy food and prepping meals for future use.
“My diet has improved immensely since Montana started visiting and I’m so grateful for all she does for me,” Christine says. Montana is also there to help with activities of daily living (ADLs) like light housekeeping and ensuring Christine can take a safe and comfortable shower.
Montana’s care does more than just nourish Christine’s body, it also feeds her soul. Christine explains that she loves having someone listen to her, ask about her day and truly care how she’s feeling. “It helps me not feel so alone; having someone who cares enough to take time to sit and chat is amazing!”
But it’s not all about sitting. Another valuable service Montana provides is driving Christine to appointments and errands. Prior to their relationship, Christine would have to nap in her car in-between errands because her energy was zapped. BrightStar Care also helped her get a scooter, which she uses when grocery shopping or on other outings.
Montana loves getting to know her clients and is committed to being kind and patient with each one. That’s the thing about genuine client and caregiver relationships — it’s a two-way street of respect and affection.
“My caregiver is a great source of inspiration,” says Jack K., a veteran in Chico, California, who has been a BrightStar Care client since January of 2022. “It’s nice to know that people care; and I’m not as depressed anymore.”
Jack’s praise demonstrates that caregiver Isabelle J. is meeting her goal of making her clients’ days a little brighter. “Some of my clients have a lot of health issues and they can become discouraged, so I want to cheer them up,” Isabelle says. “Caring about people is really important. When people know you care, then they want to keep moving forward.”
Isabelle helps Jack keep his home clean, drives him to appointments, makes meals and is in the home when he showers to make sure he remains safe. Since having surgery on one of his eyes, a BrightStar Care team member has checked in with him every day.
Another goal Jack has is to take his medication consistently. Sometimes clients need a gentle reminder about those activities that can keep them healthy and safe — this sometimes includes staying hydrated, eating nutritious meals and avoiding falls.
“Isabelle is great,” Jack says before sharing his future goal of enrolling in real estate classes. This friendship has become one of mutual admiration and inspiration. In Jack’s own words, “She’s a real nice gal.”
Corporal Kenneth R., served as a United States Marine completing two tours during the Vietnam War. With a choice between being drafted or enlisting, Kenneth chose to enlist.,
Kenneth has been receiving care from Karen M., HHA, CNA, of BrightStar Care of Burnsville / South St. Paul for just over a year. Karen provides companionship and support for activities of daily living (ADLs) for this veteran “who has a personality that others gravitate to.”
Karen shared an example of his engaging personality, “Sometimes when I think he’s fallen asleep and not be listening to what’s being said, he will make a comment or wiggle his eyebrows to let us know he is still in there. I enjoy every moment with Kenneth and hearing his stories.”
She also says that it’s in Kenneth’s nature to look out for everyone around him. He is super grateful after all he’s been through and thankful for a wife that’s always been beside him in sickness and in health.
In addition to meeting Kenneth’s needs, Karen’s service has enabled his wife to meet her own needs. This respite creates time and space for Leota to attend appointments and run errands, as well as satisfy self-care measures like going for a walk or seeing friends. Leota says she can do this because she knows she can trust and depend on the BrightStar Care Burnsville / South St. Paul team.
Karen has heard similar comments from other families she’s worked with. They often say that BrightStar Care agencies hire quality caregivers, offer more care than similar companies and provide peace of mind.
The Privilege is Ours
We consider it to be the highest honor to care for veterans by supporting their independence and dignity. We come into their homes to assist with meals, mobility, errands and more, but we are the ones who are blessed by the stories they share and the love they have for our country.
Although we have provided nearly 600,000 hours of care to veterans this year, our true focus is on a much smaller number — ONE. Our caregivers and nurses are committed to caring for one client at a time. One hour at a time. One special memory at a time.
Whether it’s the joy we see on a client’s face when we walk in the door or we notice their physical health is improving, these are the moments that matter. Caregiver Karen M. says it best, “Veterans put their lives on the line for our freedom. It’s our turn to serve them, by making their lives better every day.”
With locally owned and operated agencies across the United States, BrightStar Care®is one of the country’s leading providers of in-home senior care. We employ nurses, CNAs, and caregivers to deliver a higher standard of care and nothing less in the comfort of familiar surroundings. Please reach out to us for additional insights about working with those who have served our country. Please call us at 612-435-7390 or visit our website at: https://www.brightstarcare.com/burnsville-south-st-paul
CareAparent offers Occupational Therapy (OT) as part of a multidisciplinary approach to care in the home. This type of care can only be provided by medical personnel that is licensed and registered. Occupational Therapists in the home environment assist clients who may have pain, illness, injury or a decline in function due to the aging process by creating routines and strategies for managing daily activities safely and productively while reducing the risk of injury or further decline.Interdisciplinary Approach to SafetyRead Details: A CareAparent Occupational Therapist (OT) ... conducts an in-home health assessment to design a Plan of Care customized for you or your loved ones physical, emotional, and functional environment. Our Occupational Therapists will work with you to assess performance skills and identify the best strategies needed to promote independence and safety in the home.Cognition and Memory FunctionRead Details: Dementia and similar cognitive impairments... may put you or your loved one at a higher risk for accidents or injury in the home. Occupational Therapists can perform an evaluation to determine cognitive abilities. A Plan of Care is developed to provide the guidance and tools for improved functioning, adaptation, and continued independence.Chronic Disease ManagementRead Details: Chronic disease management relies on... recommending and implementing solutions that address disease related limitations in daily routines. Our Occupational Therapists can teach strategies to manage symptoms that may interfere with activities of daily living as well as the outcomes for prescribed solutions.Sensory ChallengesRead Details: Very often, sensory challenges like... vision loss and changes in speech can have an impact on our daily routine. CareAparents Occupational Therapists can propose solutions and techniques for challenges associated with vision and hearing loss or speech changes.Falls Prevention ProgramRead Details: Falls can threaten you or your loved... ones safety and independence and it could lead to hospitalization. CareAparents Falls Prevention program is designed to provide screening, instructions, practical interventions, and resources to address the risk for falling and create. awareness and strategies for avoiding falls. This can help prevent injuries and reduce emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and readmissions.Client Centered GoalsRead Details: As we age, daily self-care activities... can become burdensome and a risk to overall health. Certain personal cares or activities like using technology may require a higher level of mental and physical coordination that you may no longer have. Together, you and our Occupational Therapist will identify, collaborate, and set goals so you can acquire and maintain a skillset that promotes the management of any long-term conditions.Home SafetyRead Details: Inconspicuous risks to your physical safety... can go unnoticed in the home. Our Occupational Therapists perform home safety assessments to help identify factors that can address these risks. From their assessment, recommendations are made to you or your loved one to implement changes focused on a safe home environment.Download BrochureFor the most compassionate and comprehensive in-home senior care Minnesota has to offer call CareAparent today at 651-702-HOME (4663). Request a Consultation Today!
How Do I Pay for Home Care Services? When deciding on home care for yourself or someone you love, its important to consider and plan for the associated costs. Typically, the cost of using a home care company such as Homewatch CareGivers depends on how many hours of assistance are needed and whether there is a need for any special services. How to Pay Caregivers: What Are Your Options? If you do not have enough private funds to cover the cost of in-home care, there may be other options to consider. Your local Homewatch CareGivers can provide more information about: Private Long-Term Care InsuranceMost private long-term care insurance policies can be used for home care services. Private PayPrivate pay means an individual or their family will use existing savings and assets to cover the cost of home care services. VA Aid & AttendanceThis program provides monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for Qualified Veterans and Survivors These funds can be used to pay for home care services.Workers CompensationProvides services to employees injured in the course of employment that may include bathing, using the bathrooms, preparing meals, light housekeeping, and medication reminders. Other OptionsVarious grants and special funding may be available via local programs and projects, such as from your local/regional Area Agency on Aging, Alzheimers Association, etc. Options can vary by state, county, insurance plan, and eligibility. Not every Homewatch CareGivers office can process every type of payment source. If you or a loved one is in need of caregiving services, we encourage you to call us at (952) 260-6223 for more information regarding the cost of in-home care and financial options available. Frequently Asked Questions about Paying for In-Home Care Whats the average cost of a caregiver? The cost of services is different for each client based on many factors. Learn more about the average cost of home care in specific areas by visiting this resource. How much does the VA pay for in-home care? Depending on eligibility, the Veterans Administration Aid & Attendance Pension benefit may provide up to $1,794 per month for a veterans home care needs. Veterans spouses and survivors may also qualify for home care benefits. Will Medicare pay for in-home care? At this time, Medicare Parts A and B only offer funding for medically necessary skilled nursing care for homebound individuals. Elective services such as companion care and personal care do not qualify. Does Social Security pay for in-home care? Neither Supplemental Security Income (SSI) nor Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will pay for home care services directly. However, Social Security benefits can be used to pay a home care provider.For further information, please call Homewatch Caregivers Edina at 952-260-6223.
Has your senior loved one been diagnosed with a chronic health condition? Are they still recovering from major surgery or illness? Youre looking at your options between skilled and non-skilled home care services to find the best option for your loved one. In this article we will share the differences between both. What Is Non-Skilled In-Home Health Care?Non-skilled in-home care refers to supportive home care including social care, domiciliary care, and other non-medical services. The term non-skilled is used to differentiate care from home healthcare services that patients may receive from a nurse or nursing assistant. Personal CareWalking and wheelchair assistanceBathing, grooming, and dressing assistanceMedication remindersFall prevention and personal safetyStatus reports to family membersIncontinence and toilet assistance24/7 monitoring after hospitalizationLifestyle SupportHousekeepingHealth and nutrition servicesMeal preparationLaundry and beddingGroceries and errandsTransportationLight exercise and outdoor activityCommunity engagementCompanionshipWhats the Difference Between Skilled and Non-Skilled Care?The difference between skilled and non-skilled care comes down to one factor medical need. Skilled nurses provide medical assistance with medication, wound care, and other recovery and medical needs. Non-skilled, or home care, providers assist with the everyday care and needs of seniors. How Do I Know What Services My Senior Loved One Needs? Home health care, or skilled nursing, services are requested by your health care provider. If your seniors doctor has indicated that they need in-home nursing services, we can work with the doctor and referral services to set up necessary appointments. Often, your loved one will need more than just home medical care, especially if they are recovering from surgery or managing a chronic illness. Our home health care aides can do it all from managing medication injections to meal preparation and everything in between. At Caring Family, we tailor all of your seniors home care and health care services to their needs. What Services Are Covered Through Medicare? Ensuring your loved one receives the care they need means asking one of the most difficult questions how do we afford care? Fortunately, in-home health care is often more affordable than extended hospital stays or nursing homes. Many Medicare plans cover in-home health care, making it the ideal option to help your senior heal and recover their independence. You can learn more about Medicare and home healthcare here and at medicare.gov.Does Medicare Cover Non-Skilled Home Care? Typically, Medicare does not cover home care. However, there are exceptions based on medical need and circumstances. For example, if your loved one needs personal care in addition to home health care services, some of those personal care needs may be covered by Medicare. Be sure to contact your insurance agent for more details. Are You Ready to Build Your Loved Ones Independence? Home care and home health care services help seniors regain and maintain their independence. Contact us today with questions and we will help you set up an appointment with one of our care experts. Call us at 952-345-8770 or our visit us at www.lifespark.com.
At BrightStar Care of St. Paul, we understand that finding experienced and compassionate caregivers can be a challenge. While many of our clients still enjoy their independence, they might require some assistance, and our qualified care professionals go above and beyond to deliver on our promise of A Higher Standard of Care to the individuals and families they serve.A BrightStar Care Registered Nurse (RN) Director of Nursing creates each clients personalized plan of care and oversees its delivery by our professional care staff. Our companion services include personalized, around-the-clock care for anyone of any age who needs it, as well as:In-home supportLight housekeeping and helping with laundryMeal planning and cookingRespite for family caregiversHelp with shopping and errandsAdult and senior transportation to and from doctor appointments and social eventsTravel companionshipSitter or nanny servicesExpectant and new mother supportCompanion Care for SeniorsAt BrightStar Care of St. Paul, our senior companion care services focus on improving the health and well-being of your aging loved ones so they can get the most out of life. We strive to get to know our clients unique histories and personalities so we can plan activities that will be both stimulating and enjoyable. We can provide any level of companionship you desire to achieve a quality of life you need. Our companion care services include:Assist with writing letters and correspondenceHelp connect with loved ones through email and social mediaEngage in stimulating activities such as crafts, games, and readingCreate customized grocery lists in accordance with dietary needs and preferencesFacilitate visits with friends and neighborsPlan outings and tripsDaily schedule assistanceRespite and family reliefHospital Companions for ChildrenWhen your child is hospitalized, whatever the reason, it is stressful for the whole family. Our reliable, compassionate care professionals can provide in-hospital, around-the-clock child care assistance and respite for family caregivers, parents, and family members. Whether our care professionals are with your child for an hour or 24, we can provide much-needed family support and care for you and your loved ones.Thorough Companion Care AssessmentsEach BrightStar Care of St. Paul client receives a personalized, in-depth assessment conducted by our RN Director of Nursing to better understand their condition, personality, and environment. This information is used to create an individualized plan of care that meets each clients unique physical and emotional needs, strives to improve their health, and enhances their quality of life. This process, along with continual oversight by our nursing staff, helps us ensure the right fit between our clients and their caregivers, and enables us to quickly modify a clients plan of care as their needs evolve.BrightStar Care is ready to help. For more information about Companion Care in St. Paul, contact our local BrightStar Care office at (651) 770-8427.
What is In-Home Care?Focused on helping you or your loved ones remain safe and independent in their familiar surroundings, in-home care includes professional services ranging from companionship to skilled nursing. Our experienced and compassionate caregivers and nurses at BrightStar Home Care South Minneapolis Metro provide everything from companionship and routine personal care to in-home medical services like wound care, home infusion therapy and medication management.Types of In-Home CarePersonal CareCompanion CareSkilled NursingShort-Term Transitional CareAlzheimer's and Dementia CareChild CareCompare In-Home Care OptionsIt can be overwhelming to find the right type of in-home care services for your loved one. Learn more about the differences between our services, including companion care, personal care, short-term transitional care and skilled nursing care.*Why Choose BrightStar Home CareWith an emphasis on comprehensive person-centered care, our team at BrightStar Home Care South Minneapolis Metro is committed to helping clients maintain their independence in the home where they feel comfortable. In addition to industry-leading employee screening and training, we provide Registered Nurse (RN) oversight for every individualized plan of care, ensuring that your loved ones care evolves as needs change. Discover what makes BrightStar Home Care different.Contact UsInterested in learning more about our in-home care services in South Minneapolis Metro? Contact us online or call 952.300.3698 to speak to one of our care experts today. You can also visit us at https://www.brightstarcare.com/locations/south-minneapolis-metro/*Skilled nursing care availability varies based on location. Please contact us to learn more about our range of services.
HOME CARE'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST!At BrightStar Care, we only hire the best and the brightest because thats what our clients and their families deserve! In addition to possessing superior skills and experience, our team is made up of people who demonstrate respect, compassion, and empathy. We call it a higher standard.WHAT A HIGHER STANDARD MEANSIt's more than a goal. It's our daily commitment to clients, and it's the reason we exist. A higher standard means being there for the client when we show up at their home, in every sense of the word. We do the little things that make a big difference. We treat every client as we treat our own families. Our dedication to detail means everything, which is why we've earned The Joint Commission's Enterprise Champion for Quality Award every year since 2013. Some of the communities that we serve include: Burnsville, West St Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Apple Valley, South St Paul and Mendota Heights. Please call us today for your complimentary in-home assessment at 612-435-7390