Understanding A Loved One’s Need For A Home Companion…

Bayshores’ home health agency services are based on the individual’s need for either a home companion or a higher level skilled care nurse in and around Largo & Tampa, FL. as well as throughout Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas County Florida.

Bayshore Home Care has decades of experience providing tailor -made care in the comfort of home; right where most older Americans feel the most comfortable. The main duties that are most commonly provided by home companions and home health aides widely vary from running routine errands to helping with generalized household activities such as:

  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Standard Household Care & Cleaning
  • Fall Prevention
  • Transporation

Depending on what level of elder care or home care assistance is needed many factors must first be assessed by your home health agency whether it’s in Tampa, St Petersburg, Largo or Pasco County Florida the determination of what level of elderly care the patient actually needs should be the same. Depending on the health of the patient, the home care assistance being provided by a trained caregiver will either be skilled nursing care or a lesser level of care. Click here to see the (http://ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Health_Facility_Regulation/Home_Care/docs/HHA-NR-NCO_COMPARISON.pdf) official comparison form to understand the differences in services and the proper level of home care assistance that should be applied to your loved one.


FAQ

Why do I need private duty home care for my loved one?

Private duty home care is important to ensure the well-being of your loved one. Most seniors prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home rather than moving into a facility. Private duty home care ensures that they receive assistance with the tasks necessary for daily living while remaining safe. Medicare does not cover the costs associated with the services provided by private duty home care. Medicare covers Medical or skilled home visits by Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Medical Social Workers and Certified Nursing Assistants for bath visits for a specific amount of time depending on patient diagnosis.

What types of services do you provide?

We provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), as well as medication management, and patient advocacy services.

What are ADLs?

ADLs are the “Activities of Daily Living” or personal care activities. They include: Eating, Bathing, Dressing/ Grooming Toileting, and Transferring (getting up from a bed or chair). Most Long Term Care policies will only cover when assistance, even stand by is needed with two or three Activities of Daily Living. Often those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia will not need to meet the number of ADL requirement in order to utilize their long term care insurance benefits.

Do you only take care of seniors?

We specialize in taking care of seniors but we are glad to care for anyone needing assistance with ADLs, or personal care assistance.

Do you provide services in facilities?

Yes, we provide caregivers in independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals.

Is there a charge for an initial consultation?

No, we will send a care manager out to the home for an initial consultation free of charge.

Is there a “Contract for Services” and if so, what is the cancellation policy?

No, our services come with no strings attached. We require no contract; we will provide the level of care you feel is necessary. You will be billed according to the care we provide.

Do you provide twenty-four hour care?

We are happy to provide twenty-four hour care. We break these shifts into 8 or 12 hour segments because our caregivers are not permitted to sleep while assisting a client. This ensures that our caregivers are always alert provide personal care assistance to our clients.

What is the minimum number of hours required per shift?

We are happy to provide care in increments as small as one hour. As a home health care provider, we understand that sometimes only a little personal care assistance is needed, our care is customized to your needs.

How are your services paid for?

Private duty care services can be paid for through a long term care insurance policy or by private pay.

How are calls handled after business hours and on weekends?

We have administrative staff as well as nurses on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We are always available to answer our phone for our clients, their families, or caregivers.

Will I be notified of changes in my loved ones condition?

Yes, upon determining a plan of care for your loved one we will note your contact preferences in addition to insuring compliance with all patient privacy laws.

What is the difference between a CNA and a HHA?

Both CNAs and HHAs are trained to provide personal care assistance for you in the comfort of your home. However, the main difference between the two is that the majority of CNA training is done in the hospital or facility setting while HHAs complete their training in the home setting.

Are your employees screened?

Yes, as a home health care provider we know this importance of safety. All of our employees are given a level 2 background screening in addition to having their CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) or HHA (Home Health Aide) license.

Is there supervision of the caregivers by administrative staff?

Yes, all of our caregivers are supervised by our administrative office staff as well as our team of nurse case managers. Our skilled nurses perform supervisory visits to ensure that the client’s care plan is being followed as well as to ensure that the caregivers are in compliance with all of our private duty care policies.

Why should I go through an agency as opposed to privately hiring someone?

There are several significant benefits you receive when hiring a caregiver through a licensed home health care agency. Their license means they have to meet many state requirements for a higher level of care. Oversight is a major plus because you have someone to address concerns with and you have recourse when a care plan needs adjusting. Private duty care enables an individual to remain mostly independent in their own home for longer, instead of needing an Assisted Living Facility or Nursing Home care. In addition to having someone overseeing the caregivers and the care provided, the entire screening process of choosing credible and experienced aides is done for you. A licensed home health care provider will work to make the best match possible. Working with a licensed agency also ensures that an additional caregiver will be able to assist you should your regular caregiver be unavailable.

How do I start services?

Just Call Us TOLL FREE at 1- 800-335-2150 To speak with Pam, our Senior Resource Specialist. She can answer any additional questions you have and will begin the process with you.

What Others Are Saying About Bayshore Home Care

  • I was apprehensive about engaging a service here not being familiar with the companies and concerned about my wife’s care while I was away working but it has worked out beyond our expectations. We both felt 100% secure and confident that [our caregiver] would properly…

    Lorenzo P.

  • To our friends at Bayshore: Congratulations for being among the best Tampa Bay companies to work for! We are on the receiving end of your great company and very much appreciate the care you provide.

    Rebecca J.

  • There is just no way that I can express my appreciation for what you have done for my Aunt over the years. With me being out of state, I cannot tell you what a Godsend you all have been and how you have cared for…

    Barbara C.

  • I want to thank you for making it possible for my mother to live at her home. Your caregiver made sure my mother took her medication, got nourishment, and made sure she was safe and comfortable.

    John V.

  • I want to thank the staff of Bayshore for the fine service provided to my father over the past four years while he was in his home and then a resident in an assisted living facility. Everyone was very responsive to my requests and always…

    Judy

  • Whether our residents need help with medications, bathing, companionship or just someone to lend a loving ear, the entire Bayshore team always responds promptly and has proved to us time and time again that they truly care.

    Senior Living Community
    Executive Director

  • Without Bayshore Home Care and the care and companionship they provided, I fear that my client would have been institutionalized. Your caregivers enabled my client to live in her home and enjoy a greatly enhanced quality of life as she was provided with the proper…

    Elder Law Atty.
    Pinellas County

  • Thank you so much for the caregivers you have provided for us. As you know, my husband had a very difficult post- operation period. I think that he has turned a corner now and is improving daily. The care that your staff provided made a…

    Janice M.

  • I really value the fact I do not have to worry about my mom while she is in your care. I also really value the socialization she is getting from your caregivers.

    Dean W.

  • The caregiver you sent us is a great communicator and provides a great loving environment for my Grandparents.

    Stacy M.