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  1. Are the Companions able to drive my mom to her doctors appointments?

  2. Yes, we have a program that enables our staff to escort your mother to her appointments-this program has limited geographic availability. It is a very popular option but often requires 24hr notice at a minimum if you are an established client or 72 hours if new and just starting our services. Once you call the office a case manager will walk you through the various questions and area’s that we are available to do this:)

  3. I want to learn how to take care of older person.

  4. Um, thats a very broad question/statement. The very basic nursing certification available in California is the Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA). There are Regional Occupation Programs (ROP) all over the state that can help give you the basics in learning how to care for an elderly individual. Try a basic Google search for ROP in your area and look into the CNA program.

  5. What is a “Nurse Practitioner”?

  6. Every state regulates the Scope of Practice for their Nurse Practitioners.
    A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced education (a minimum of a master’s degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. To Be “Board Certified” and be a Medicare Provider, the NP must Pass a National Certfication Exam by a certifying body, such as the American Academy Of Nurse Practitioners. The is denoted by the ‘ -C ‘ after the NP.
    Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services. They provide some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians. An NP can serve as a patient’s regular health care provider.
    Nurse practitioners see patients of all ages. The core philosophy of the field is individualized care. Nurse practitioners focus on patients’ conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. NPs make prevention, wellness, and patient education priorities. This can mean fewer prescriptions and less expensive treatments. Informing patients about their health care and encouraging them to participate in decisions are central to the care provided by NPs. In addition to health care services, NPs conduct research and are often active in patient advocacy activities.
    A nurse practitioner’s duties include the following:
    Collaborating with physicians and other health professionals as needed, including providing referrals

    Counseling and educating patients on health behaviors, self-care skills, and treatment options

    Diagnosing and treating acute illnesses, infections, and injuries

    Diagnosing, treating, and monitoring chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure)

    Obtaining medical histories and conducting physical examinations

    Ordering, performing, and interpreting diagnostic studies (e.g., lab tests, x-rays, EKGs)

    Prescribing medications

    Prescribing physical therapy and other rehabilitation treatments

    Providing prenatal care and family planning services

    Providing well-child care, including screening and immunizations

    Providing health maintenance care for adults, including annual physicals

    Nurse practitioners provide high-quality, cost-effective individualized care that is comparable to the health care provided by physicians, and NP services are often covered by insurance providers. NPs practice in all states.

  7. Is a private companion a tax write off?

  8. To the best of my knowledge, yes it is. But I am a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, so it is important to check with a tax professional. The following paragraph is excepted from the link posted below:
    “The nature of medical care provided, not the qualifications or experience of the provider, determines whether expenses are tax deductible. Assume, for example, that a woman breaks her hip and, while she is recuperating, hires an individual to perform housework. If that employee also helps the employer with in-home physical therapy, the employer can claim the time spent helping her with physical therapy as a medical expense. It does not matter that the employee is not a certified medical professional, as long as physical therapy is prescribed by a physician for legitimate medical reasons. Of course, costs related to housework the employee performs is not tax deductible. The fact that an injury prohibits the injured woman from performing housework is irrelevant.”
    So you can see that it really depends on what the companion is utilized for, and utilizing a company like Senior Home Companions REALLY helps here because of the nursing and medical aspect we bring to the table, enabling our clients to use our written care plans as proof of the care provided.
    Here is the link:

    Hope this helps,
    Paul DeMarco, RN, ANP-C
    Nurse Practitioner

  9. Why should a hire a company like Senior Home Companions when I can get someone from my church to move in and care for my family member and pay them just a few dollars with the room and board?

  10. I am looking for work in the Glendale/Pasadena aera. I have excellent refrences. How can I apply at your company? What do you pay? thank you so much!

  11. This is a common question and it requires a thoughtful answer. Senior Home Companions (SHC) has an extensive program which is comprehensive and goes beyond just the caregiver, but lets look beyond that point for now. SHC does not just hire people that worked one day at Taco Bell and the next day decided they wanted to be caregivers. Not that there is anything wrong with Taco Bell- I love their burritos!
    But SHC is focused on the health and maintenance of the safety of the elderly in their chosen living environments. Senior Home Companions spends an enormous amount of time and money training the employees in everything from basic health monitoring to proper techniques to assist moving someone in bed without hurting themselves (Body Mechanics). Many of the employees are Certified Nursing assistants (CNA) with six months or more of formal nursing training and also have extensive experience in this field- this is one of the things a family is buying when they hire SHC. Peace of mind that everything will be OK when they walk out the door. That there is a responsible, capable, experienced individual there- someone they can trust. Which bring me to a few other reasons-workers compensations coverage, all state and federal taxes paid, liability coverage, First Aid training, surety bond & background checks. SHC utilizes the The USA Dept. of Justice fingerprint system as just part of the background investigation into the potential employees along with health and other safety issues that are some of the reasons that SHC companions and caregivers are some of the most sought after people in the homecare industry. This is also just a small part of the system in place to provide top level people for the families and why SHC is the right choice for caring for someone at home instead of just moving a stranger into your house and giving them the run of the place and hoping they don’t take you for a ride.
    I could go on and on, but the need for a company like SHC is tremendous and one of the reasons way is because it is SUCH a bad idea on SO many levels to do what you might think is the quick, cheap way to take care of a loved one. Doing it that way might end up costing you more than you could possibly ever realize in more than just money.
    Paul DeMarco, RN, ANP-C
    Nurse Practitioner

  12. All interested individuals are encouraged to call the Pasadena Office, set up an appointment to come on by, fill out a job app and leave their resume for open positions.

  13. Can a companion watch over my grandmother in a nursing home?

  14. Yes. But the companion must have certain legal and medical clearences before they can do this. Senior Home Companions can provide these companions for your grandmother. Good question, thanks.
    P. DeMarco, ANP-C
    Nurse Practitioner

  15. Please call the office in Pasadena and submit your resume. Thanks

  16. Please call the office in Pasadena and submit your resume and application. Thanks

  17. We are looking for someone to stay with my mom on an as needed basis in the Glendale/Pasadena area. It may be overnight from time to time and sometimes may be for a week or so. She is able to take care of herself, but basically needs someone there for companionship and in case of emergency. Does your company provide this type of care? If so, can you give my an estimate? Thank-you

  18. Hi Denise,
    Yes Senior Home Companions does provide those services. But since it is on a as needed basis and there is no set schedule noted in your email, it is very hard to give you an estimate. I can tell you that the price range is from 16.75 to 22.75/hr depending on multiple factors-such how many days, the length of time, services needed. Give the office a call for an exact quote after you give them a run down on what your mom needs.
    Thanks for looking and asking:)
    Paul DeMarco, NP

  19. Who pays for the senior companion program? A grant?, Medical? or Medicare?

  20. Good question.
    The most common way to pay is through a persons private funds.
    Some Long Term Care Insurance companies, if the policies cover it, will pay.
    Medi-cal does have some programs that pay for it, but only through a Medi-Cal HMO insurance program and not for the long term.Usually only right after a complicated hospital stay.
    Medicare does not pay for it.
    Let me know if you have any other questions.


  22. Senior Home Companions provides in home care. It is not a ‘nursing home’. But what type of internship are you looking for and maybe I can point you in the right direction?

  23. Hi my name is Marilou Villaflor, are you accepting applicants as Caregiver as in One on One at home, i would like to apply, a have a lot of experience in caring for elderly for almost ten years email address i live in Rowland Heights 91748.

  24. Thanks for your interest Ms. Villaflor. Our company is always accepting applications from qualified individuals. Please contact the main office in Monrovia, CA, for any further questions at 626-358-0322.

  25. How do I go about talking to someone or agency to become my mothers caregiver?

  26. Get a recommendation from your primary care physician group or local large hospital ( ex. -Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena or Arcadia Methodist in Arcadia). For an agency to become a recommended home care agency from a large hospital it has to go through multiple steps. These steps mean that it has already been pre-screened for you to make sure it is a legitimate & stable operation. That is huge for you! Now you don’t have to worry about whether or not it is some fly-by night operation.That is not always the case when the recommendation comes from an individual Physician office- they just don’t have the resources to check these companies all the time. But they may just work with one or two good ones and that is usually all you will need.
    Once you get the name of a agency- Google them! Look for reviews comments, etc.. Any reputable agency should have plenty out there for you to look at. Facebook, Instagram, etc.
    By the time you’ve done this research, your ready to make a call and will feel confident in your choice. Senior Home Companions (with the main office in Monrovia, CA) is a great option and has a great website to answer many of your

  27. I have been a CNA since 2008, I was wondering what the starting wage is for your CNA / caregiver positions?

  28. How do I apply to become a caregiver

  29. Please contact admin at SHC at 626-325-0322

  30. Please contact admin at SHC at 626-325-0322

  31. Do you have a location in vegas

  32. No. Senior Home Companions serves only the Southern California area.
    Thanks for the question!

  33. Iam looking for someone with some medical assistance background who can take care my elderly 83 years old mom at home in alhambra, ca. Need 24 hrs care. Cantonese speaking

  34. Hi Martha,
    Please call the office @626-358-0322 to discuss this.Thanks so much for the question!

  35. Do you service the Fort Pierce, FL area?

  36. No, SHC does not. There is another company that goes by a similar name in FL, but does not have the same services-case management, NP, licensed nurses, etc. I hear they have straight home care though. You may try looking them up and see if they can provide services in your area.

  37. Hi. I was wondering if you do 4 hour blocks in the am and pm and if the person assigned would typically be the same person (realizing am and pm person would most likely be different)? Also, I am wondering what your rates are?

  38. Hi Candy,
    Yes we do 4 hour blocks. Assignments can be discussed with the Case Manager who does everything possible to met your requests!My suggestion would be to call the office @ 626-358-0322 and ask for Hazel who can give you specific answers and details to all your questions. Thanks for visiting our website and blog and for your questions!

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