Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA)
Typical duties performed by our home health aides include:
- Assistance with bathing, hygiene, dressing & grooming
- Assistance with toileting
- Medication reminders
- Meal preparation & support for nutrition & hydration
- Laundry & linen changes
- Safety supervision, ambulation assistance & transfers
- Checking vitals
- Light housekeeping, including trash an recycling
- Grocery shopping & errands
- Transportation for appointments or recreation
- Companionship & activities suited to the client’s abilities and interests
- One-on-one care in a hospital, assisted living or rehab setting as well as in homes
All our home health aides are licensed by the state of New Jersey and work under the supervision of our RNs. All employees must pass the National League of Nursing Home Health exam, provide strong references and pass a criminal background check.
We take great pride in getting the right “match” between caregiver and client. One of the goals of our interview process is to assess our employees, personalities, skills and interests to help us succeed in this. We want trust and friendship to develop between our aides and clients so that the clients look forward to our CHHA visits.
Our services adapt to the client’s needs. We can create a schedule customized exactly to the level of care you desire. We have no minimum time for a visit. We will do everything from 1-hour bath visits to round-the-clock care. When appropriate for the client’s needs, we offer “live-in” care as well as this is often the most cost-effective way to stay safely and comfortably in the home.
Transition of Care (TOC)
Our TOC program helps patients stay healthy and continue their recovery after discharge from hospital or a rehab facility. A ComForcare RN reviews the discharge instructions with the client, makes sure prescriptions are filled and, if needed, coordinates follow-up care with physicians and therapists. A home health aide can bring the client home from the facility & pick up groceries and prescriptions. In follow up visits the aide can help the client with bathing, ambulation, medication reminders and so on. As independence increases our service adapts, providing just the level needed to assist recovery and prevent unnecessary re-hospitalizations.
Chronic Disease Management (CDM)
Almost 100 million Americans live with chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes or COPD. Poor management of these illnesses is a major cause of “frequent flyer” patients–people who bounce in and out of the hospital multiple times a year.
Our RNs educate clients and caregivers to monitor their symptoms and head off complications before they become severe or require hospitalization.
Veterans Administration (VA) Community Care Program
We are partners of the New Jersey VA Community Care Program in our area. If a veteran qualifies for this benefit, we can provide CHHA service free of charge to the vet and we bill the VA.
Although VA Community Care program does not reimburse ComForcare for mileage charges associated with rides for the Vets to appointments. We are happy to provide rides to local appointments, doctor’s visits, pharmacies and grocery stores free of mileage charges to veterans.
Assignment of Benefits (AOB) for
Long Term Care Insurance (LTC)
We take AOB from many insurance companies with LTC policies. We provide the RN care plan, CHHA care notes and the invoice to the insurance company directly to receive payments from the insurance company. Some families prefer to receive the payments from the insurance and pay us. In this instance we still provide the RN care plan and CHHA care notes directly to the insurance company.
Our office Certified Dementia Practitioners train the CHHAs in DementiaWise, ComForcare’s own innovative dementia teaching program. Our aides learn to understand the different types and stages of dementia and how to handle challenging behaviors. Our focus is always on helping clients enjoy each day to the fullest and to stay as active and engaged as their abilities allow. DementiaWise training provides specific insights, tools and techniques to allow the CHHAs to successfully engage clients at every stage of dementia.
As home care providers we are in a unique position to serve as liaison and advocate between clients, and other care providers such as physicians, therapists, specialists, durable medical equipment providers and more.
Unfortunately the hospital is one of the most dangerous places for an elderly person to be. In addition to hospital acquired infections, hospital delirium affects 25% of patients over 70 years of age and up to 82% of patients in ICU. Having a one-on-one attendant during a hospital stay to help engage and calm the patient goes a long way toward preventing or reducing these serious symptoms.
We work with many hospice patients to supplement the limited care they receive from hospice so they may remain comfortably in their homes and near their families. Hourly or live-in aides can relieve families of burdensome caregiving chores so they may spend meaningful time with their loved one.
Need Things Done Around the House
We have many contacts for handyman services, painters and other service providers. Whether it’s a burned out light bulb, the smoke alarm beeping, or a kitchen drawer that came off track, just give the office a call and we’ll get it fixed!
Downsizing from House to an
Assisted Living Facility
If it is time to leave the full-size family house and move into an assisted living facility we can help. Our compassionate office staff can help with selecting the furniture, pictures, clothing and mementos to take along. We can arrange for local movers to pick up and move in to the facility and work with family members to help interstate movers to relocate furniture and other items remaining in the home to other locations.