Washington Home Care LLC Marks One Year Anniversary Within Devastating Global Pandemic
By: Washington Home Care LLC
During the global crisis, the registry service agency for hourly and live-in private duty home care has served the needs of 40+ families throughout northwest Connecticut.
Created by Woodbury resident Sara Guillemette, Washington Home Care LLC is a registry of caregivers hired by individuals, families, or legal healthcare representatives for private in-home non-medical care. The agency's caregivers take their direction for care needs directly from their clients.
Currently, the agency is serving the private care needs of 17 individuals. Spanning the past year, the agency's service area has been Washington, Litchfield, Milton, Morris, Goshen, Warren, New Preston, Roxbury, Bridgewater, Woodbury, Southbury, Sandy Hook, Waterbury, Winsted, and Watertown. "In total," comments Guillemette, "we have served the needs of 43 individuals, from very short-term transitional periods such as, after leaving a hospital to safely returning home, to longer-term care."
The agency's 27 current caregivers range from non-certified homemaker-companions to certified nurse assistants, certified home health aides, and certified personal care attendants. "Certified caregivers", explains Guillemette, "are essential for individuals who have a long-term care insurance policy. This criteria also meets the growing national trend of families are preferring to have their loved ones recover at home vs. entering a skilled nursing facility after surgery or illness."
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the caregivers and the families serviced, Guillemette explains, "Caregivers referred are highly responsible and follow a stringent process for taking on their new clients, as is our vetting process for accomplishing those goals. Client families stock PPE supplies in their homes, plus our office is amply stocked. Hand sanitizer is generously donated via 5-gallon drums from Bedoukian in Danbury, Connecticut. Non-medical double-lined fabric masks donated by Tri-State Mask Making Group, plus our office carries forehead Infrared Thermometers and a Pulse Oximeter.
During business hours, the office is locked. Its use is limited to in-person caregiver interviews by appointment only. By the time the caregiver interviews, I have spoken with the client applicant via phone, Zoom, and or FaceTime to verify all HR documents are in order, and I have called all professional references for each interviewing caregiver."
Live-In caregivers can also be hired through the agency. Most of the caregivers hail from Connecticut, others are from Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. All caregivers are interviewed by client families before they are hired by a family. Locally-residing caregivers can be hired on an hourly basis and live within a 15-mile radius of the agency's Washington, Connecticut office.
"As a registry business," explains Guillemette, "there is no geographic restriction on where we can refer live-in caregivers, however, we must ensure that back-up care is feasible when choosing all service locations. If a client prefers a full-time live-in caregiver, and the client has more than one home or regularly travels, it is possible we can identify a caregiver for that client's unique needs."
Marking the one year anniversary of her 'vision', Guillemette and Washington Home Care
expresses sincere gratitude to numerous local-area agencies that have collaborated with
Washington Home Care during their first year of operation. These include Allumé Home Health; All About You Home Care Services; Danbury Nurses Registry; Elara Caring; Geron Nursing & Respite Care, Inc.; Growing Options LLC; Malaika Home Health Care; Regional Hospice; Salisbury Nursing Registry Home Care Assistance; Tender Heart Homecare; TLC Homecare; VNA Home, Inc; and VNA Northwest Registry.
To learn more, and to connect with Washington Home Care LLC, visit https://www.WashingtonCTHomeCare.com, call 203-577-8979, or write to PO Box 1244, Washington, CT 06793-9991.
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