As our parents grow older and live over 1900 miles away I can’t help but worry about them. While my parents are in good health now, I wonder what I will do should those circumstances ever change. My first encounter was the problems we encountered caring for my grandmother when I was a newly married adult. Then it unfortunately struck again for our family as my mother in law was found to have Stage 3 Breast Cancer, which she bravely fought for four years. The bulk of her care fell on my father in law, both physically and emotionally and quite often as the detriment to his own health.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Blogger Network and HomeHero. All opinions are my own.
Our senior care story
All throughout my my mother in law’s illness my father in law was there for every doctors visit, chemo treatment, surgery and home care need she had. My niece would report back to me that he would sleep in a recliner just to be near her to care for her, and not bother her by sleeping in the bed. As the battle wore on it became more and more difficult for him to care for her, even with the help of children and grandchildren chipping in as work and college demands allowed. What we really needed was home health care assistance. But it’s so hard to know who to trust and how good they will be at caring for our loved ones.
The founders of HomeHero have seen their own family experience this same situation. Kyle Hill and Mike Townsend watched for many years as their parents struggled with not just finding, but keeping and managing senior car for their grandparents from thousands of miles away. Extended leaves of absences from work and trying to monitor the situation from home resulted in zero accountability and the firm knowledge that something needs to be done to a home health care system that was inefficient and maybe in some cases even dangerous. That’s why they started HomeHero.
HomeHero has begun it’s services in the Los Angelos and San Diego area. So far they have been talked about in the Huffington Post, Fortune, CNN Magazine and TechCrunch just to name a few. They were the 2014 Employment Website of the Year by the Webby Award Committee, citing outstanding user experience and quality service.
How does senior care by HomeHero work?
HomeHero helps you not only locate the best sort of elderly care assistance you need but also helps you stay informed about your loved ones care. It utilizes the latest and greatest in technology to keep you involved and educated from the selection of a caregiver to paying them. Online interviews, video “resumes,” background checks, daily activity reports and automated payments are all done in a way to keep you informed and your loved one cared for. There are entrance exams, in person interviews and references checks of caregivers just to get the ball rolling and then more services from there.
You set the requirements, find a match, meet for an appointment and then read the messages of the monitored care your senior is receiving. Rates are easy to know, with $18/hour or $180 a 24 hour day.
Fortune Magazine calls it, “A simply and affordable offering families can use right away.
You get video interviews of the caregivers to help you make your selections, automated scheduling, daily email and text updates, and by using technology for many costs, they keep the overhead low, making the costs for elderly home care more affordable. No contracts, no minimums means you are in control and not locked in. They offer a $4 million general liability insurance policy and $1 million theft. You can even find and hire someone to start that same day.
The downside, this is only currently available in LA and San Diego – but who knows it could be coming to a city near your parents or grandparents soon.
Services include caring for those with illnesses like Alzheimers or Dementia to Cooking, Cleaning and Respite Care just to name a few. You can arrange for as little or as much as you need.