Last week my wife and I were staying with friends in Seattle. My wife spotted a great coffee shop she’d seen nearby, next to an old time movie theatre.
It was a memory care center.
While the world is full of nursing home horror stories (and I’ve hit “publish” on quite a few), my family’s experience with home care, assisted living, rehab centers, and nursing homes has been very positive.
The home health aides who’ve helped our family have quickly earned our trust and provided superior care. My grandmother’s assisted living apartment was comfortable and clever, with bustling common areas and lots to do. The rehab centers and nursing facilities have been comfortable, clean, and run by a dedicated staff.
Our various experiences with family care have not always gone nearly so well. It’s a lot easier to replace an aide who isn’t a good fit than trade in a cousin.
Recently, I connected with Sebastian from Hometeam. As two tech nerds who want to change the way people access healthcare, we had a lot to talk about.
Hometeam goes beyond providing quality care for assistance with daily living. Their care is built around the concept of “beautiful days.” They carefully match patients and families to caregivers who share their interests and feel like friends.
No one wants to be reduced to a list of maladies — they want to be their passions, their community, their memories. Home health aides are there to help clients enjoy their lives. As Donna’s said before, a good caregiver “makes mom more able and less dependent than she is.”
The image of nursing homes many people have is quickly becoming outdated. Aegis Living, which runs the memory care center my wife and I stumbled on in Seattle, has 30 locations. Dwayne Clark founded Aegis because he wanted to create a different kind of place for people who needed care.
I hear all the time how family caregivers could never live with themselves if they put their mom in a ‘home’ or they could never trust anyone else to take care of their grandfather. It’s hard to reconcile this fear with my own experiences.
Most of us are caregivers at one point or another and people develop services around things that matter to them.Josh Bruno founded Hometeam after his family struggled to find quality care for his grandfather. No one liked the old nursing homes — not the patients, not the staff, not the families.
There’s a new generation of care options out there. They’re worth exploring.