Working Towards Eliminating Minnesota’s Shortage of PCAs and Home Caregivers

In 2015, legislation was passed that entitled home care workers to a minimum wage, overtime pay, pay for travel time between clients, and several other labor benefits. At Best Home Care, our team of home care professionals had access to many of these benefits long before this legislation was passed however, many other Minnesota home care agencies were forced to adjust their practices.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune explains that to adhere to these new regulations, home care agencies began capping their employees’ hours in an effort to avoid paying overtime and other benefits. Personal care assistants had no other choice than to either limit the number of hours they provided home care or provide care for free. This led to a situation where the need for in-home supportive services was growing but access to it was decreasing leading to a shortage of home caregivers in many states.


Best Home Care has worked hard to ensure that our employees are able to provide the necessary amount of care for their patients by not capping their hours and offering overtime pay. We are also working to combat the shortage of caregivers in Minnesota and home care fraud with the Homecare Timesheets App. The app is currently available to all our home care employees and is currently being tested in several home care agencies in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota.


Recently, we announced that the app would have a new feature: On-Demand PCA Services. Through the app, users are able to request home care services when their normal PCA or caregiver is unavailable. Likewise, PCAs are able to make themselves available to help fill in these gaps in home care services.


Even though it is still relatively new to the market, we feel that On-Demand PCA Services is a great step towards ending the shortage of caregivers in Minnesota and throughout the country. For more information on the Homecare Timesheets app and to learn how to download the app, please click here.

Have You Been Unnaturally Tired this Winter? This Could Be Why

Home care and seasonal affective disorderThis is the time of year when the fun and excitement of the holidays have passed and we begin to look forward to warmer sunnier weather. The only problem? We here in Minnesota still have months of cold darkness before we see a hint of spring weather. While some of us may love the short days and cold nights, this season can actually have a negative impact on the health of others.


According to the Mayo Clinic, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in the season. Those affected by SAD typically experience less energy and increased moodiness throughout the fall and winter months. The disorder more commonly impacts those living far away from the equator as these areas experience the most dramatic decreases in sunlight during the winter months. It’s no surprise why Minnesota home care patients deal with this disorder every year.


Seasonal affective disorder can impact anyone and the home care professionals at Best Home Care have felt symptoms from time to time. It’s important to ensure that these common feelings don’t evolve into a more serious condition requiring medical treatment like depression or bipolar disorder. Tracking emotional health is especially important for those receiving personal health care and at-home care services.


Below are some ways that home care aids and PCAs can help their patients beat the winter blues this year:

  • More Sun! Exposure to natural sunlight has been shown to increase energy levels and improve moods during the winter months. Make it a point to get outside at least once a day and/or open up the shades to let the sun shine in.
  • Get Moving Exercise during these winter months is essential to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Personal care assistants should encourage their patients to participate in at least one physical activity per day.
  • Don’t Get Sick Colder months mean sickness which will only worsen SAD. Make a habit of frequently washing your hands with soap and using a sanitizer to wipe down commonly touched areas like doorknobs, faucet handles, and phones.


For more home care tips and resources, contact the professionals at Best Home Care. We enjoy sharing ideas on how to provide the best home care and will work with you to ensure your personal care services are the best they can be. Learn more about seasonal affective disorder and how it can affect any age of individual receiving in-home supportive services.


Celebrate National Caregivers Month with Best Home Care

Transitional Home Care for SeniorsThey are dependable, compassionate, patient, and strong. They are caregivers. It’s important to recognize the impact home caregivers employed by Best Home Care and other in home care agencies make every day, but especially during November since it marks National Caregivers Month.


Beginning in 1994 with President Clinton, each successive president has signed a proclamation to set aside a month to honor individuals in the PCA healthcare industry and their home care contributions to the community. In 2015, President Obama wrote “I encourage all Americans to pay tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends, and neighbors.”


Many people who provide home care assistance for a family member don’t recognize themselves as caregivers. Don’t forget to think of these folks too when you join Best Home Care in celebrating quality care attendants so that they receive the same support that they show for those they look after. Here are Best Home Care’s three favorite ways to support a deserving caregiver:

  1. Buy a Gift: A bouquet of bright flowers or gift card to their favorite restaurant complete with a thank you note can remind a caregiver that you appreciate all that they do and boost their mood.
  2. Do a Favor: Sometimes a caregiver does not want to seem like a nuisance and won’t seek help when they need it. Offer to run to the store to pick up something they need or sit with their client while they run a quick errand.
  3. Be a Friend: Make a phone call or pay a visit and ask how their week has been. Shifting the conversation towards the caregiver can provide them with a break from only thinking about the person they care for all of the time.


Contact Best Home Care today for more tips to recognize, celebrate, and thank your Minnesota home care specialists in during National Caregivers Month and beyond.

Putting the “Best” in Best Home Care – Gain Ease and Convenience

Home Health Care AgencyThere are hundreds of Minnesota home care agencies that all claim to provide the same services. As a personal care assistant, it can be difficult to know which agency is the right match for you. A simple search will return the names of many companies; however, the majority of the time, using this process to select a home care agency simply does not work.

Selecting a home care company to work with is not a decision that should be taken lightly. You should do thorough research and trust the company to support you in providing the best home care possible. Do not be afraid to call or visit an agency’s office and meet the people who work there in-person. Remember, you should want to work with them as much as they want to work with you.

At Best Home Care, it’s no secret that we believe we provide the BEST home care administration services in Minnesota. With a decade of experience in the home health care industry, we have learned what personal care assistants desire from a home care agency and that’s exactly what we do! Our current clients say that we are the easiest and most convenient agency they’ve ever worked with because we:

  • Accept all documents by fax, email, or electronically
  • Offer a home care timesheet app that’s easy for employees
  • Make the process of transferring to our agency quick and simple
  • Provide multiple PCA training resources
  • Send email and telephone reminders to submit timesheets each pay period
  • And much more!

Personal care assistant and caregiver jobs should be enjoyable, professionally rewarding, and personally fulfilling. Best Home Care strives to be a great place to work by making the administration process easy and convenient for our employees. We’d love to hear from you! If you would like more information about transferring to Best Home Care visit our contact page or call us at (651) 330-2550.

Programs & Resources for Family Caregivers of Minnesota Veterans

Minnesota Home Care for DisabledVeteransAccording to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Minnesota is home to over 360,000 veterans. Due to disabilities or old age, many of these service men and women receive daily care from personal care assistants or family home caregivers. Life can quickly become challenging for these caregivers. Relationships may be strained and wallets stretched as their soldier struggles to adjust back into civilian life.

Physical disabilities and aging aren’t the only foes that plague our vets. The Pew Research Center found that 37% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other psychological illnesses such as depression and anxiety are common tormentors as well. Family members and friends are typically the first to notice these illnesses and are often indirectly affected by them as well.

As a Minnesota home care agency that proudly serves veterans, Best Home Care understands the difficulties that family caregivers of soldiers face every day. The VA has various programs and home health care resources that provide family caregivers compensation and help decrease their stress. Here are a few of the most notable:

  • The Caregiver Toolbox: Provides useful home care resources and tips to help manage the stress of caring for your veteran.

It’s important for caregivers of veterans to understand the opportunities available for getting paid to take care of a family member. Best Home Care is honored to help ease the burdens of disabled veterans and their home caregivers by providing top in-home health services. Connect with us to learn about our professional PCA services and how to get paid for taking care of a family member or veteran.