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Private Duty Caregivers: Too Much Turnover

Many adult children who are looking to care for their elderly parent find in home care services a better option than having to place their loved ones in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. There are a number of factors influencing this specific preference. Topping the long list would be the fact that the elderly careseeker remains it the familiar confines of their home. This gives family and friends more peace of mind knowing that they can more readily get in touch with person receiving care. Even though the cost of in home caregivers has increased, it is still more cost effective than placing a loved one in a nursing home or an assisted living facility, making it a more practical choice.

The hourly cost involved with hiring a caregiver from a private duty agency varies since costs are based on several controlling factors. When you hire a caregiver using a private duty agency, the needs of the careseeker should be the primary consideration. Another important factor to consider is the number of hours that the patient may require assistance, since overtime rates or minimum hour charges may apply when using an agency. Additionally, the skill set required, experience, and certifications of the caregiver will also contribute to the rates you may have to pay for the type of caregiver you receive. Geographical location is another factor as rates vary from one city to another, and one region to the next.

According to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey, the national average hourly wage for home caregivers is at $9.31 per hour. However the costs are higher when going through an agency due in large part to their overhead. For example, an agency may charge $21.50 per hour for an entry level caregiver. This cost may include salary, healthcare, uniforms and other employee related expenses such as training and having a business office. Costs for more experienced caregivers will increase based on skill set, certifications and years of experience. These are the costs you can expect to find as you conduct your caregiver search. Most caregivers these days are working for a private duty agency as it has been traditionally the only avenue for them to find careseekers or to get continuous work.

Families requiring home caregivers may have the expectation that the quality of service from the caregivers supplied through agencies is expected to be higher, since most people assume agencies have minimum standards and state implemented rules and regulations for their caregivers. While this might be the expectation, due to the low wages paid to caregivers at most agencies, they usually experience as much as a 50% turnover rate of caregivers in any given month. According to a 2014 Benchmark Study published by Home Care Pulse and sponsored by the National Private Duty Association, average caregiver turnover rate for all home care companies increased from 46.2% to 49.8% between 2010 and 2013, and has increased yet again to 52.9% as of 2015. This high turnover rate is not conducive to creating a stable care environment in the home, and companies like Well Beyond Care are trying to rectify this with offering higher salaries for caregivers while reducing the costs paid by families looking for care for their loved ones. In addition, when a careseeker has more say in the screening and hiring of a caregiver, there is a dramatically reduced incidence of caregiver turnover.

Well Beyond Care gives caregivers and those who need care the tools to manage their in-home care online. Caregivers, registered nurses, certified nurse assistants, and geriatric care managers can use the website to be best matched with careseekers looking for care, set their wages, post their weekly availability, receive weekly payment, and build their resume and portfolio with real experience. Careseekers and family members looking for someone to give care for their parents or loved ones, can use the website to search for qualified nurses, CNAs and caregivers, are matched with a caregiver who can best can deliver care to specific care needs, monitor their caregivers’ schedules and payment online and receive personal support from the nurse that is assigned to them when they join. Join for free today at WellBeyondCare.com

Well Beyond Care to be Interviewed by Dr. Mara Karpel

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
COO/CNO
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care to be Interviewed by Dr. Mara Karpel

Founders Lauren Tarrant and Jeffrey Fry discuss how their Health Tech Company is Disrupting the Private Duty Industry

Austin, TX, September 10, 2017 –Well Beyond Care’s founders will be discussing how their company offers an alternative solution to the broken system of private duty care through its online service in an interview on Dr. Mara Karpel’s Your Golden Years radio show on Sunday, September 17th, 2017.

Well Beyond Care, launched in late July for 2017, is already operating in seven (7) states and fifteen (15) major metropolitan areas within their first six weeks of operations.  The founders will discuss the journey of getting this revolutionary service up and running and some of the hurdles they still need to overcome in the private pay, private duty caregiving marketplace.  You can find out more about this scheduled interview here.

Well Beyond Care is all about helping families hire affordable, compatible caregivers for their aging parents,” states the company’s Chief Operations Officer, Lauren Tarrant, RN.  Ms. Tarrant also states, “families are under a lot of stress when they discover that they need to have someone care for mom and dad.  In most instances, the adult children live out of town, and knowing that there is a nurse in the neighborhood is a great relief. We just want to keep the stress level down, and nurses are the best way to do that.”

Jeffrey Fry, Well Beyond Care’s CEO and President adds, “the only way we can support our rapidly growing client base is to combine the high touch of nursing, with the high-tech of our online application.”  He goes on to state, “the only way we can make families feel comfortable with our new way of delivering services on a nationwide level is to have a network of nurses helping with professional capability as part of our service.”

The Company has been working on this new application for over three (3) years, and its initial acceptance has been overwhelming.  Management added that they projection for 2018 will be to accelerate the hiring of more nurses to meet the demand for their services nationwide, and is also working with major organizations dealing with caregiving to alleviate some of the major shortcomings of private duty care.

About Dr. Mara Karpel & Your Golden Years:
Dr. Mara Karpel & Your Golden Years radio program delivered its first show broadcasting from Blog Talk Radio, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Since then, she has done over 100 broadcasts on topics covering aging, caregiving, and issues to improve your “golden years.” Dr. Mara Karpel is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with adults of all ages who desire to reach their full potential, no matter their age or health condition. In addition, Dr. Karpel has a specialty of working with older adults and with caregivers.

Each week you can listen to the Live Stream of her show on Sunday’s from 5:00PM till 7:00PM (CST) on Blog Talk Radio as well as archived shows here: yourgoldenyears. In addition, her show is also broadcasted locally in Austin on AM 1350.  More at: drmarakarpel.com

About Well Beyond Care:
Well Beyond Care provides the tools that help you plan care and allow your loved ones to safely age in place.  It is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover.  Our platform combines the power of the internet with the personal touch of nurses to offer families a pathway to transitional care, allowing our elderly parents to safely age-in-place. This solution lowers stress in hiring a caregiver and saves families tens of thousands of dollars per year in care costs.   Its online system combines the best in Caregiver matching (searching, screening, ratings & hiring) with all the back-office functions (time worked, payroll, scheduling, and notifications) to ensure safe, reliable, dependable, affordable care is obtained. It is the only company that gives each Careseeker access to their own local, personal nurse to help guide them through the hiring process. The Careseeker’s nurse provides advice on healthcare options and aids with transitional care.

Easy to use, and free to join, Well Beyond Care empowers Careseekers and those looking for care. More at: wellbeyondcare.com or at (844) 4WB-CARE (844-492-2273).

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More Baby Boomers Caring for Parents in Their Homes

Due in part to the fact that Americans are living longer, there are now over 70 million baby boomers who are now dealing with the reality of having to care for their aging parents or grandparents. Supplying geriatric care needs can affect these individuals on many different levels. Impediments such as arthritis, high blood pressure or increased blood sugar levels are just a few of the concerns that may require the attention of someone taking care of an elderly person. In addition to these medical conditions, incontinence and immobility may be additional burdening concerns, as well as comorbidities such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, CHF (Congestive Heart Failure, and Dementia.  With this in mind, aging adults may need the assistance of geriatric care professionals, in conjunction with skilled caregivers, in order to afford a safe, healthy, stress free environment for their loved ones.

Today, a number of geriatric care options exist for concerned baby boomers to choose from. There are nursing homes, assisted living facilities (ALF), independent living facilities, and in-home care service providers. Depending on the extent of service and assistance necessary, any of these geriatric care options could be a viable solution. While nursing homes and assisted living facilities may be more convenient for the responsible family member, these sorts of geriatric care options may also be cost prohibitive. According to Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of private nursing home care in the US is now $92,345 per year (or $235 per day). Assisted living facilities usually charge less, while in-home care is the least expensive option with flexible payment rates that can vary depending on the skill set and time required for the patient’s care.

Aside from these usual geriatric care options, there are those who choose to offer care for their elderly parents or grandparents personally. They are classified as “informal caregivers”, and provide in-home care for their loved ones without formal training or education in geriatric care. While this setup may be motivated by very noble causes, the physical, emotional, and psychological pressures associated with this kind of arrangement could become a very large burden for someone to assume. In addition to the pressure of caring for an elderly person, there may also be some legal implications if you cannot provide the level of appropriate geriatric care needed for your elderly relatives.

Just recently, prosecutors from the State of Pennsylvania charged an “informal caregiver” with allegedly committing “assisted suicide” to his chronically ill and aged father, in spite of the personal requests to end his life due to the fact the father felt an undue burden was being placed on his child. It is important to note that taking care of the elderly requires tremendous amounts of dedication, care, and caution on a daily and ongoing basis.

How Can I find the Best Caregiver for my Parents?

More than ever, we live in a long-distance society and finding the best caregiver for your parents requires a lot of consideration. To begin with, being far away and entrusting your aging parents in the hands of others may be a tough decision, but knowing that they are in the good hands of a trusted and qualified caregiver can lower stress, give you and your parents piece of mind, keep them out of the hospital, and actually prolong the length and quality of life for them.

Before making any decisions, it is important to know your options in choosing the best caregiving means for your parents. There are a number of live-in facilities offering caregiving, and it’s up to you to decide which option best suits your parent’s individual caregiving needs. It is vital that you get to know each healthcare facility and what they have to offer, which will allow you to decide whether or not you are making all the right decisions for your folks. It is advisable at this juncture to try and locate a healthcare professional who knows the good versus poor facilities in your area.  You might be shocked at the exorbitant cost of housing your parents in a healthcare facility, and may decide that hiring a in home private caregiver is actually the best option.

In-Home Care: An Excellent Health Care Option

In most cases, having to leave one’s home to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility gives elderly patients unnecessary anxiety and stress. Alternatively, hiring an in-home caregiver to come take care of your parent in their home where they are comfortable and familiar alleviates this stress. They can get the same health care and assistance they require from the comfort of their home through personalized home health care services.

There are a number of different levels of home caregiving at a varying range of pricing that you can choose from, depending on the particular needs of your parents. You can employ a geriatric care manager to help you determine which level of care or qualification your parents might need. Qualification levels include Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), Skilled Caregivers, and Companions or Homemakers. Their qualifications and expertise may vary, but these professionals and skilled health care workers provide assistance to their elderly home care clients in their clients’ own homes.

The responsibilities that these home health care professionals provide range from assisting their elderly clients undertake their daily tasks of living, such as taking a bath, using the toilet and administering medicine, to other routine activities that aging patients may need help with, such as going to a doctor appointment, grocery shopping and doing laundry.

What You Need to Know About a Home Care Provider

As soon as you have decided to hire a home health caregiver for your parents, the next thing you need to do is decide which duties that caregiver will need to perform to effectively care for your parents. For instance, you may address the following points concerning your caregiver of choice:

  • Skills or qualifications
  • Recommendations from past patients or clients
  • Number of years experience in caregiving
  • Accreditations and licenses
  • Confidentiality and client privacy policies
  • Records of inspections, ratings, and client satisfaction
  • Criminal background check

Apart from these concerns, you should also consider your budget. Hiring an in-home caregiver is typically much more affordable than nursing home or assisted living facility care. But more importantly, it is all about looking for a caregiver that offers the service that your parents require, at a rate you can afford.

Hiring an individual skilled caregiver is an excellent way to save money while building a close personal relationship with a high quality care professional.  But in saving money, make sure you are NOT endangering your parents by hiring an unscreened or unqualified caregiver.

Well Beyond Care gives both caregivers and those who need care the tools to manage their in-home care online. Caregivers, registered nurses and geriatric care managers can use the website to be matched with Careseekers and their family members who are looking for care, set their wages and weekly schedule, receive weekly payment, and build their resume and portfolio with real experience. Careseekers, or family members looking for someone to help care for their parents or loved ones, can use the website to be matched with caregivers who best match their specific care needs, monitor their caregivers’ schedules, and make payment online and receive personal, local support from a local Nurse Care-Pair Manager. These Nurse Care-Pair Managers offer assistance in understanding what is available with care in your community as well as helping you navigate any issues you might run into using the Well Beyond Care website. Join for free today at WellBeyondCare.com.

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for Austin Rice Alliance Event January 25

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for Austin Rice Alliance Event January 25

A Health Tech Company Disintermediating Private Duty Care has Been Chosen as One of Ten Companies Presenting at the 2017 Startup Pitch Competition

Austin, TX, January 20, 2017 –Well Beyond Care, an online company taking private duty care to the next level, is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of the finalists for the Rice Alliance startup pitch competition for emerging companies in the Austin area.   Well Beyond Care will compete against 9 other startups that are looking to move to the next level.  For more information on the Wednesday, January 25th event, follow this link.

Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover.  Our platform uses the power of the internet to offer families the ability to care for their aging parents from a distance, allowing them to safely age-in-place. The company also provides nurses to help with healthcare resources, support and transition care in and from the healthcare community in an effort to avoid emergent visits, hospitalizations and nursing home placement. This solution lowers stress when hiring a caregiver and saves families on average $10,000 to $30,000 per year in care costs.

RiceALogRice Alliance – Austin Chapter and the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), along with sponsor American Bank, are teaming up to host a special pitch competition that will offer valuable in-kind prizes and a potential for a significant cash investment to the company with the best business pitch.

The target companies for this competition are pre-Series A and have raised less than $1 million to date. Competing companies will give a 3-minute pitch to a panel of judges and a large theater audience. Networking with judges, sponsors, other presenters, and audience members will provide further opportunities to discuss business ideas.

“It is always great for Well Beyond Care to showcase how our online service can help adult children with aging (geriatric) parents solve the serious and upsetting concern regarding what to do to keep mom and dad safe and at home. With the sophisticated healthcare development over the past 50 years, seniors are living longer and this creates an ever growing need for personal care, and this crisis is only getting bigger as more than 65,000 baby boomers retire every week,” states Jeffrey Fry, CEO of Well Beyond Care.  “We know that there is a huge opportunity for a company to solve this looming crisis in caregiving, and it will be wonderful to also present with other Austin startups,” Mr. Fry added.

About Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter:
Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter aids entrepreneurs and investors alike, principally through educational events and workshops but also through mentoring, funding, partnership, and networking. The Austin Chapter was formed in 2003 as the successful Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship initiative at Rice University in Houston expanded its footprint. Austin was an obvious choice and the Austin Chapter now claims an important space in the entrepreneurial community in the capital city. Learn more at austinricealliance.org.

About CTAN:
Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) is the largest angel investing network in Texas, and the #1 most active single-chapter group in the nation (for 2015).  It mission is twofold:  To provide quality early-stage investment opportunities for accredited angel investors, and to assist entrepreneurs and early-stage growth companies by serving as a key source of funding, mentorship, strategic advice, and educational resources. CTAN was founded in 2006 by local investors and community leaders, who believed that early-stage investing could provide a meaningful return for investors while also spurring local economic growth. Individual members of the organization volunteered their time and expertise to review potential investments and assist entrepreneurs.  Learn more at centraltexasangelnetwork.com.

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Event April 27

For Immediate Release

 Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Event April 27

A Health Tech Company Disintermediating Private Duty Care has Been Chosen as One of Ten Companies Competing at Unique Dual-Pitch Event Bringing Together Health Tech Experts and Investors, as well as AARP Member Consumers

Austin, TX, March 29, 2016 –Well Beyond Care, an online company taking private duty care to the next level, is pleased today to announce it has been selected as one of the finalists for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch, the one day pitch competition for emerging startups in the healthy living space with a focus on caregiving.   Well Beyond Care will compete against 9 other startups that represent the best in health tech startups.  For more information on the Wednesday, April 27 event, go to http://health50.org/.

WBCLogo2Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover, and at the same time offering a pathway to transitional care to help HHAs accomplish their Clinical Outcomes and Customer Service goals.  Why? Because seniors fall into a black hole post healthcare discharge and wind up back in the hospital, emergency room or nursing home because their care was not transitioned, support and resources were not secured and family and friends went on with their busy lives… at a distance.  We offer a way to change this. We have to… Seniors as well as those that are infirmed, are living through their 90’s and even older and continue to strive to live in their homes with and without family support. Our nurses are experienced Home Health and Hospice Nurses that are well equipped to provide resources and local healthcare connections.

AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event, held at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA, begins with speaking sessions on caregiving, and then a keynote with Nancy LeaMond, chief advocacy and engagement officer, AARP.   The afternoon will showcase ten companies, including Well Beyond Care, who were selected from over 200 applicants.

The ten will be presenting their business focus on stage before a panel of expert judges and an audience filled with AARP members, the actual intended end users of these solutions.  Representing AARP’s 38 million members, these consumers will share feedback in real-time on business viability, interest and value, providing the companies absolutely invaluable market data on the spot.   Lauren Tarrant, RN, Chief Nursing Officer of Well Beyond Care, will have three minutes to pitch how Well Beyond Care is solving unique healthcare needs of people 50 and over, and/or their caregivers.

“This is a great opportunity for Well Beyond Care to showcase how our online service can help adult children with geriatric parents solve the every nagging problem of what to do with mom and dad,” states Jeffrey Fry, CEO of Well Beyond Care.  “We know getting great care is much more than just doing matching, and that is why we also focus on services and resources with our Nurse Care Pair Managers. We are trying to take care to the next level, and close the loop on offering a continuation of transitional care from the hospital, to home health, and back into the home. I personally feel our goals and those of AARP align perfectly concerning the over 50 population and am so excited to be a part of this great event,” Mr. Fry concluded.

About AARP:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.