Taking another look at professional care options
two active seniors in the fall foliage
The theater at Aegis on Madison

The theater at Aegis on Madison

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The image of nursing homes many people have is quickly becoming outdated.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.

Written by Cori Carl
As Director, Cori is an active member of the community and regularly creates resources for people providing care.

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  1. I must be the only person on the planet who is grateful for the care my mom received at her nursing home. It was a small facility, under 50 paitents, and she was happy, well fed, clean and cared for. I visited at odd hours, and she was always up and out of her room, watching those that could play cards, do puzzles, eat ice cream and sing songs. All in all, a pretty pleasant place as far as nursing homes go.

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  2. I’ve worked in the same NH for 22 + years, there’s 24 hr nurses, 24 hr CNA’s And I must admit this nursing home is the best one in OR.

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  3. The rehab place where my mother in law was they provided good care but when I placed my mom their it wasn’t the same,some of the ladies didn’t want to take her a bath or took forever to help her go to the bathroom. The phy.therapists did an excellent job w/her. There were a couple of people whom did show they cared but some not so much..

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  4. My experiences with rehab/nursing were awful and I feel sad for those who live in them. However, I respect and understand there may be some “Good” ones, I feel there are few and far between and greatly depend on the care each individual needs.

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  5. Not to be a Debbie Downer but I have to vehemently disagree with the author, from my experience. The nursing home kept my Mom and I in the dark about her plan of care, even when we would insist on knowing what was going on. I could never get them to give an itemized bill on costs, even after more insistence. The food was awful and I would have to bring in food for my Mom. Plus they were always short staffed but they insisted they were meeting state guidelines on staffing. I took her home and have not regretted that decision.

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  6. must have plenty of money.or desperate to offload ill ppl. can`t blame you.

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    • The areas where they are located have above and way above incomes. Money buys the best attorneys and health care .

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