More and more seniors are choosing to stay in their homes, instead of moving into assisted living facilities or retirement communities.
The trend is referred to as ‘aging in place’ and is made possible by a growing number of health care services available to seniors.
HomeLife Senior Care is one such business.
Reputable, accredited and state-licensed, this 24-hour, home-care agency works with families to provide one-on-one personalized assistance to aging family members in their homes. Serving East and Central Contra Costa County, including the Walnut Creek Rossmoor community, Rio Vista and Tracy, the company understands the needs of seniors.
“We are here to help and offer families peace of mind,” said Angela DiNicola, founder and owner of HomeLife Senior Care. “The reasons have to do with comfort, well-being, tradition, technology and cost effectiveness.”
According to DiNicola, getting the right kind of care and support at home is very important to seniors.
“There are such positive feelings that all of us associate with being home,” she said. “When we are not well, most of us ask to go home. When we are feeling well, we enjoy the sanctity of our residences and the joy of being with our loved ones. There is also abundant evidence that patients heal more quickly at home.”
Angela and her husband Vinny started the home-care company in 2010, while caring for Vinny’s own aging father. His health wasn’t severe enough to warrant living in a nursing home, but he also wasn’t well enough to perform activities of daily living without assistance.
“The experience of caring for Papa and seeing firsthand the importance of his being happy and comfortable with dependable and compassionate in-home care ultimately led us to form HomeLife Senior Care,” said Angela. “Papa was our inspiration.”
The home-care company assists with meal and menu planning; errands and transportation; light housework; personal care and medication reminders; and other services, including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, socializing and companionship.
What separates the DiNicolas from other home-care providers is their employees.
“Our employees look at their work not as a job or profession, but as a calling,” said Angela. “Our home-care workers are highly trained and dedicated to their work.”
HomeLife Senior Care offers a unique training program to its caregivers, who are also carefully selected, registered through the state, screened, bonded and insured.
All of their caregivers have access to their exclusive personal care attendant (PCA) and certified hospice companion aide (CHCA) programs, which are designed to elevate their knowledge and status in the industry and instill in them the highest standards of caregiver professionalism.
“We look for compassionate, honest people and assist them in becoming the best the home-care industry has to offer,” said Angela.”
Besides the exceptional level of care, family members find peace of mind that there is always a staff member available 24/7, 365 days a year.
“No matter what time you call, a HomeLife staff member will always be there,” said Angela.
HomeLife Senior Care is there to support everyone involved in the process, which Oakley resident Nance Taylor found tremendously helpful when she needed to find 24/7 care for her father with very short notice.
“When my father was in the hospital and was being discharged, he was too healthy to go into a nursing home, but he still required around-the-clock care,” said Taylor. “We called HomeLife in the evening, and they had a member of their team at the hospital the next morning working with us to form a plan. They were incredible and helped us every step of the way.”
According to Taylor, her father’s health condition improved after he returned home and received support from HomeLife Senior Care for three months.
“My father’s condition improved, which we were told by doctors not to expect,” said Taylor. “None of it would have happened without HomeLife’s help. We are so grateful.”
HomeLife Senior Care is located at 6440 Brentwood Blvd., Suite A, in Brentwood. For more information, visit www.homelifeseniorcare.com or call 925-240-5770.