When you say…

services_activities_image When you say…

  • I get up several times a night to use the bathroom
  • I’m struggling with incontinence
  • I’ve had a few falls
  • I’m having trouble with memory loss
  • I can’t get out of bed or my chair on my own
  • I don’t feel safe at home alone anymore
  • I never want to move to a nursing home or assisted living
  • I’ve been hospitalized and am concerned about going home without help
  • I’m scared to drive
  • All I eat are frozen meals or fast food
  • I’m on multiple medications and need reminders
  • I don’t want to be a burden on my family
  • I can’t do the things I used to do without assistance
  • I’m lonely
  • I have a new medical diagnosis and feel overwhelmed
  • I can’t keep up with my housework
  • I need help with bathing and personal care

We can help! Capability Homecare provides trusted caregivers to assist in the home. We will do as little as 4 hours a week to overnight, around the clock care. Call us today to learn how we can help you stay safe in your own home. 425 679 5770

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November Top 10

Did you know that November celebrates lots of special days? Here are my top 10!

  1. Veterans Day- Nov 11th
  2. American Diabetes Month- Nov 14th is World Diabetes Day
  3. COPD Awareness Month- Nov 19th World COPD Day
  4. Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  5. National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
  6. National Family Caregivers Month
  7. National Hospital Palliative Care Month
  8. Great American Smokeout- Nov 20th
  9. National Family Health History Day (Nov 27th)
  10. National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

A Christmas Memory I’ll Never Forget

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The Christmas season is now behind us, but the memories of it linger on…

Reflecting on the holidays this year, what were some of your favorite moments? What is one thing you did that brought joy to someone’s face? I’d like to share one thing I did- and it not only brought joy to someone else, but it also made my day.

Our client- I’ll call her Mollie- desperately wanted to go to Tacoma to watch her niece’s school Christmas pageant.  Mollie’s niece isn’t a student at the school- she is the music teacher and responsible for the entire pageant. Directing and organizing 300 children under the age of 11… impressive stuff. Even more impressive, many of the children at this school have parents who have dedicated their lives to serving others by working on the Fort Lewis military base.

I had first heard about this musical performance one afternoon in early December when I was visiting with Mollie in her home. We were reminiscing about the holidays and she mentioned to me that she really wanted to attend the holiday pageant- but had no way of getting there. Although she has a full time caregiver that assists in her home on a daily basis, on this particular day her caregiver was unavailable. As Mollie told me about she had never missed a performance, and how her niece reserved VIP parking and special front row seating for her- her eyes welled up with tears and her voice faltered- I could tell this was very important to her.

 So I offered to take her. The minute the words were out of my mouth her expression changed to utter delight.

In the weeks leading up to the big event Mollie would call me often, running details by me, checking on what time I would pick her up, planning where we would go for lunch… this was a big outing for her and she wanted everything to be perfect.

Finally the day arrived, I picked her up at 10:00 and we headed to Tacoma. On the way down she shared stories of her life and her family, reminding me there is so much more to each and every one of our clients than what meets the eye.  When we arrived at the school her niece came running out to the parking lot to steer us to our VIP spot and then escorted us our reserved seats in the school gym.

The minute the show started I was captivated. Each and every child in that school was bursting with pride and excitement. They were singing their little hearts out- and it showed! My eyes filled with joyful tears- watching these sweet, innocent children have their moment to shine was thrilling.  Each song was better than the last- the kids danced, sang, and entertained the crowd for an hour and a half- and it was fabulous. Best of all, as I looked over at Mollie- the smile on her face confirmed that this was indeed the highlight of the holiday season for her.

Sometimes we forget that we can spread happiness by doing the simplest things for others. By taking time out of my busy schedule and driving my client to Tacoma I got to experience first hand the joy of  the season- and what it’s really about- and that’s a Christmas memory I will never forget.

Capability Homecare Acquires Peace of Mind Home Health

Capability Homecare Acquires Peace of Mind and Names New Director of Operations

Bellevue, WA

Locally owned Capability Homecare has made two strategic moves to further ensure their place as the premiere homecare agency in the Greater Seattle area.

Effective November 14th, 2014, Capability Homecare acquired Peace of Mind Home Health and will assume all of Peace of Mind’s current operations.

Additionally, Laura Henrichs has been named Director of Operations of Capability Homecare. Laura has over 14 years working in the homecare industry and joined Capability Homecare last February. The transition will be seamless, as Laura has been leading Capability Homecare’s client services efforts for the past nine months.

Capability Homecare was established by Daniel and Megan Bigbee in 2008. Since then, they have been committed to providing superior home care services for clients in the Greater Seattle/Bellevue area.

Capability Homecare’s screening methods exceed industry standards to ensure their caregivers meet the high expectations of their valued clients.

Capability Homecare is committed to maintaining the dignity, respect and independence of clients while creating peace of mind for their families.

Services include assistance with Activities of Daily Living, Personal Care, Medication Management, Meal preparation, Transportation, Companionship and Nurse Delegation. More information can be found at www.capabilityhomecare.com.

 

Discharging from Hospital- A Capability Caregiver can Help

hospiceIt’s not unusual for us to get a call from a family while their loved one is in the hospital. An unplanned hospital visit can often bring a lot of stress and anxiety to families. Regular life has just been completely interrupted and things might never be the same.

There are so many things to consider:

  • Will my loved one get to go home?

  • Who will take care of them?

  • Who will help them with bathing and personal care?

  • Who will ensure they are safe?

  • Who will make sure they are taking their medications correctly?

  • Who will be there to help them if they fall?

  • Who will keep them company and make sure their needs are being met?

  • Who will help them move around the house?

  • Who will answer their call for help in the middle of the night?

All of these questions are very common and are realistic concerns that many of our clients have.

We are more than happy to go to the hospital and meet with the prospective client and their family. We offer a complimentary consultation to get to know the patient and understand their unique needs and answer any questions that the family might have.

Being at the hospital gives us a chance to talk to the nurses and the physical therapist to get a better understanding of how we can help. We can then set up a plan of care so that as soon as the patient is discharged from the hospital there is a caregiver ready to help.

The best thing about hiring care (as opposed to moving to an Assisted Living where you are locked into a longterm contract) is that the amount of care you receive is flexible.

We can provide help for as little as 4 hours a day, to overnight- round the clock care- so whatever your loved one’s specific needs are- they can be met by Capability Homecare’s capable and highly trained staff. Call us today to see how we can make the transition home go smoothly. 425 679 5770.

Having a successful plan in place BEFORE it is needed can help speed up the recovery process and  prevent re-hospitalization.

Letter From a Former Client

Today I wanted to share a letter we received from a former client*, I’ll call her L.

Several months after our client passed away, his daughter emailed us this letter:

I do not know how to begin to thank you for the exceptional care and compassion you and all of your staff and caregivers showed towards my father and my entire family during our time of need.  It has been several months already since my father passed away, and as I look back on those few months that he was not able to care for himself, there was such an obvious turning point the moment we came in contact with your group.  I just wish we had found you sooner!

I will always be grateful that we found Capability to see my Dad through his final days.  

Sincerely,

L

Before we came on board her dad had been on hospice- and the family had hired an agency to help take care of him throughout the day. Many people don’t realize that when hospice is in place, the care they provide is not 24 hours a day; so often families hire extra help to take care of the day to day stuff (ADL’s, bathing, med management, companionship, housekeeping).

Unfortunately, our client was very unhappy with the care the agency was providing (for a number of reasons; which included poor communication, concerns with transfers, rotation of staff and non pro-active caregivers)- so they brought Capability Homecare on board to take over.

After meeting with the client and his family, Capability Homecare developed a care plan specific to their situation. By meeting with them as a family- and careful listening, we then had a better understanding of exactly what went wrong with the other agency- and how we could better meet their needs.

We then used our Care Match system to find the perfect caregivers to meet these specific requirements. Our caregivers were ‘live in care’- meaning they lived in the client’s home and were able to provide care as needed.  Our amazing caregivers had the pleasure of serving this client until he passed away.

It’s letters like this that make our day. We are so blessed to do the work that we do- and so honored to be a part of someone’s life at such a crucial time.  Thank you, “L” for taking the time to write.

*We always ask client’s permission before sharing their letters.