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Elder Care
updated: Jun 23, 2014, 5:15 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I'm looking for home help for my mother. I looked online for elder care companies and there were many. It would be just a day a week. Any suggestions where to start? She's mobile.

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 COMMENT 530067P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 05:26 PM

LivHOME 687-8766


 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 05:32 PM

Check out SB Village for sure, http://www.sbvillage.org/


 COMMENT 530070 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 05:40 PM

Home matters 805-252-5929


 COMMENT 530080 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 06:14 PM

I work in all aspects of the senior community. Real Help 965 -1531
is great..One on one with client/caregiver heavily screened. Ask for Jaime
Also, if you need one or two days a week...Senior Helpers are terrific...687-7777 Again, screened and do overnight, Alzheimers, have RNs, basic care giving Dr. Appts., Grocery, etc.


 INQUIRING MIND agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 06:32 PM

If you only need a few hours during the day, consider the Friendship Center. They will provide transportation. A really great bunch of caretakers.


 EZ2 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 06:51 PM

Call senior planning services
They sure help us with our elderly folks


 COMMENT 530093 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 07:37 PM

It's a good idea to start with one of the licensed care providers to be sure the person you hire will be bonded and will have passed a background check. It's important that your mom is comfortable with the helper, so be sure to be specific about the type of work/companionship you are seeking. Do not hesitate to request different caregivers until you find the right person.

The real challenge is finding adequate home care for elders suffering dementia. None of the many caregivers we worked with was properly trained to safely care for dementia patients, yet all the caregiver agencies craft their web sites to promote this service. Alzheimer's/dementia patients are probably better off in group living situations with 24 hour oversight and regular enrichment activities.


 COMMENT 530095P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 07:59 PM

The agencies we worked with had rates double than if we hired directly. Blessed we were that word of mouth referrals had us with three fine caregivers. Sometimes a church member can recommend someone too. Yes, care must be exercised - one caregiver caused body harm. We were told the state agency investigating such issues takes about three years to complete action.


 COMMENT 530097P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 08:08 PM

Whatever you do after you're finished with home healthcare, DO NOT take her to Mission Terrace!

That place is a rip off, has been involved in more court cases & had judgements against them than you can shake a stick at.

Don't believe me? Go to the County Courthouse & look up all the case & see how many have been settled out of court near trial date.

One word for that place - TOXIC


 COMMENT 530098P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 08:15 PM

Mission Terrace was fine for my Mom who was there for about four months. Of course, I was there at least daily.
The food is good, the place is very clean; we used to look around for dirtiness, even under tables, etc. except from occasional shared bathroom untidiness. Yes, it has its quirks, but overall it was good. As with most situations, one is helped by someone who will be your advocate to make certain the clients' priorities are met.


 COMMENT 530101P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 10:02 PM

Mission Terrace has many strengths including good food, attentive staff and clean environment. It falls woefully short in the rehab arena, however, so if your loved one is going there for rehab you have to watch like a hawk and make sure that the doctor's orders are being followed as to type and frequency of rehab. They are very short-staffed with PT and OT...I'm not sure if the same is true for Speech (swallow) Therapist, but I suppose that is also short-staffed. I had to fight for my mother to get therapy as ordered. She was very motivated to do the rehab so she could be safe to go home and did well once therapy was delivered as ordered.

I don't think Mission Terrace is unique in this, though. A friend's mom was in Buena Vista and I witnessed the same thing there, minus the good food and nice environment. PT and OT are in short supply, too.


 COMMENT 530106P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-23 10:56 PM

Mission Terrace is expensive with a capital E.

They are a for profit facility, so you better have great insurance or a very deep bank account.

The majority of the employees are Philippine due to the owner's ethnicity. They are paid barely minimum wage and have many not so subtle threats of being fired hanging over their heads.

I'd opt out of this facility.


 COMMENT 530114 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 06:25 AM

We have worked with Help Unlimited a few times for home health aides (CNAs). No issues with caregivers.


 COMMENT 530138 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 08:44 AM

I have contact for a very experienced care provider. 805-886-1963 good references


 COMMENT 530140P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 08:48 AM

I have had to investigate this issue myself recently. Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care has a great reputation. I've also heard good things about LivHome. Both are a bit expensive on an hourly basis, tho. For longer-term and multiple types of support (rides, vetted & discounted service providers including discounts on the above 2, etc.), you might consider a membership for your mom in Santa Barbara Village. Their whole purpose is to assist seniors to age successfully in their own homes. They also offer social opportunities with other seniors, and other wellbeing options. (I'm not an SBV employee.)


 COMMENT 530148P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 09:05 AM

Agree with SB Village and the Center for Successful Aging resources.

Have used VNHC, Sr. Planning Services, and others. HIGHLY recommend Home Matters Caregiving Connections.
(805) 252-5929


 COMMENT 530149P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 09:07 AM

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 COMMENT 530161 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 09:46 AM

I have heard about all the lawsuits concerning Mission Terrace, but my experience was very good. My mom rehabbed there for about 4 months after a broken hip in 2006, and received excellent care. Three years later Mom spent three weeks there, where her life ended. The facility was clean, quiet and professional. The staff was warm, accommodating, understanding and empathetic.

I do not doubt the stories of those whose experiences were not as excellent as my own, however I do want to include a good review.

Elder care is emotionally agonizing, extraordinarily expensive, confusing, difficult, and there is no one-size-fits all. Whatever you decide, stay involved.


 COMMENT 530220 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 11:20 AM

Another vote for Senior Helpers!! 687-7777


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 11:53 AM

At The Friendship Center, Montecito and Goleta, the members have fun, and excellent meals; they have a van for pick-up and return if desired. If it has to be in-home, try Independent Living Resource, they check out workers references and give you names to interview, you hire who you want; they don't take any money, the cost all goes to the worker. Least expensive outfit you will find.


 COMMENT 530294 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 02:21 PM

I got help from Friendship Center "daycare" and SBCC Nursing students at home (go to their office and ask how you can put up an ad for part-time help). Great experiences with both.


 COMMENT 530347 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 04:33 PM

Check that the potential hire is not registered on the sexual offender web site.


 COMMENT 530370 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 05:35 PM

OP, I know this is slightly off topic, but Roz Chast, a cartoonist for The New Yorker has written a book titled "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" which I found informative, relatable and thoughtful. It's about her parents' aging. Good luck with your search. The folks on Edhat really DO want to help.


 COMMENT 530396P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-24 07:34 PM

347-speaking from someone who works at one of the already mentioned "centers" TRUST ME, we do background checks. Otherwise, you take your chances if you hire privately... Good luck OP...I know this can be a VERY difficult time...


 COMMENT 530520 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-25 10:44 AM

I need someone to come give my elderly dad a pedicure professionally. Also slightly off topic..but any other thoughts without hi jacking the thread? I have most of the rest of his issues covered.


 COMMENT 530583 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-25 01:16 PM

My parents go to Sansum podiatry. I probably will too as my vision fades and my nails get crazy!


 COMMENT 530610 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-25 02:42 PM

Help Unlimited was wonderful with my late mother.


 COMMENT 530655 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-25 05:02 PM

520- My mom lives at Vista Del Monte and they have a podiatrist come in and work on feet. You might want to call them for his number and see if he'll make house calls too.


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