What are PCS services?
PCS or Personal Care Services are non-medical services provided to someone in their home or an independent living facility. Bridges In-Home Care provides PCS services including the following: Incontinence Care/Personal Hygiene, Medication Reminders, Grooming Assistance, Meal Preparation, Light Housekeeping, 24 hour care, End-of-life care,.. Read More
How do I choose a Provider?
There are many things to consider when choosing an In-Home Care Agency. Many times your doctor, a discharge planner or social worker at a hospital or from a Home Health Agency will refer you to an agency. This may or may not be the best choice or fit for your loved one. Here is a checklist that you can use in order to find the agency that will best fit your loved ones’ needs: View Checklist
Bridges In-Home Care: Aging at Home
Owner/ Operator of Bridges In-Home Care & Consulting
She has been in the Home Care Industry for 14 years and is passionate about hearing and honoring the life stories of the elderly population by providing high quality care to them in their homes. Angie is passionate about not only providing excellent care, but helping families work through all that is involved with Life’s Transitions. Angie is the mother of two adult children, and she resides in Eagle, Idaho. Her business philosophy is driven by her core values which include:
- Everyone deserves to be heard
- Everyone deserves to be loved
- Everyone has a gift to offer the world
- Everyone has a contribution; a purpose
- Everyone deserves to be valued
- Everyone deserves to be respected
- No one should feel alone
“Idaho Living” Interview on KBOI
We are not a franchise, but an independent, locally-owned company, where the owner is personally involved with the clients and oversees the business on a daily basis.
We are committed to keeping our prices as affordable as we can while still ensuring quality care.
We are not a huge company which means our clients are not simply a number to us. We believe each client and family member is important, and therefore should receive exceptional and individualized care.
Caregivers with a true heart for what they do
Our caregivers go through a stringent hiring process and are only selected after we are convinced that they are a good fit for the vision and mission of our company.
Caregiver matching and consistency
We believe in matching caregivers to clients according to skill level in accordance with client needs, age preferences, and personalities, to ensure the highest level of trust and comfort in your home. We do our best to have the same caregivers on a regular basis to keep things consistent for our clients.
Not sure if In-Home Care is a good fit for you or your loved one? Take advantage of our new client special; receive the first 2 hours of services for free on the first shift scheduled. (Must schedule a 3 hour minimum shift)
“Providing The Help They Need and The Care They Deserve”
End of Life Care
Post surgery Care
Bathing & Dressing
24 Hour Care
Free Informational Sessions
Bridges IHC provides informational sessions to churches, communities, and groups who would like to know more about the options of aging at home. Please call for more details.
Book – “Quick Guide to Aging At Home”
We understand how overwhelming and confusing it can be to oversee or facilitate care for a loved one. To help with this important process, Angie has written a book that is an easy-to-read, concise tool that gives a starting place for anyone in this position. It is available on Amazon.com or Kindle (link) The book is free to those who schedule a complimentary consultation.
If the client needs go beyond our scope of practice, we are happy to refer you to one of our preferred providers. This can be helpful because you don’t have to randomly search and try to figure out what you need or who to ask. We offer this service at no cost to families even if they don’t use our services because we are committed to helping you find the best care and the best fit for your loved ones needs.
Family Caregiver Support Group
Bridges IHC hosts and facilitates a family caregiver support group on the first Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm, at Maui Wowi Coffee Shop: 520 E Franklin Rd, #105, Meridian ID 83642. This is a free resource that we provide for client families and non-client families alike. Topics include: Self-care for family caregivers, respite options, grief support, and many others. Please call our office for more information.
Talk to owner Angie Shea for five minutes, and it is immediately obvious that she genuinely cares about you and will do her utmost to help you out, even for free. When my grandpa was dying, she listened with total empathy to my family’s struggles with inheritance and some greed and heartlessness that surfaced in our family. Although he passed on before we could hire her, I recommend her to anyone in similar circumstances. I tell her all the time that she’s too generous, and she’ll do consults for free all day. But she seems energized by helping people. I just hope to bring that same level of passion and drive to my work.
…I was very concerned about leaving my dad’s care in someone else’s hands, but Dad loved Angie immediately, and I was comfortable going home and getting some much needed rest. Having Angie come into our lives was the best thing that ever happened. I can never express how much it meant to me to have her there when my dad passed away. When my mother, who has Alzheimer’s, get to where she needs help, I will definitely be calling Bridges In-Home Care.
Angie/Bridges In-Home Care has been involved with my in-home care giving for 3 years. She has been very dependable, and kind and fun to be around. I feel very fortunate to have her and her staff in my home.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between In-Home Care (personal care services), Home Health and Hospice services?
In-Home Care Services (also known as Personal Care Services) provide strictly non-medical care in a home or independent living facility. In-Home Care services are paid for privately by the individual, by a Long term care insurance policy, and sometimes through Medicaid. Home Health services require a physician’s order and are short-term and very specific. These services are provided after a surgery or other major health issue. Home Health Services are paid for through Medicare. Home health does not provide help around the house, but only medical and rehab services. Hospice services also require a physician’s order and have certain criteria that must be met. These services provide home visits by a Dr. or nurse, perhaps bathing assistance, and medication management. Hospice does not provide help around the house or companionship/supervision services.
Does the cost differ for In-Home care services based on the needs of my loved one?
Yes. At Bridges In-Home Care, we have three levels of care.
- Basic Care includes: Companionship, Meal Preparation, Grocery Shopping, Light Housekeeping, Medication Reminders, Grooming Assistance, Help with Dressing, and Pet Care.
- Moderate Care includes all of the above, plus: Assistance with Toileting/Incontinence Care, Assistance with Bathing/Showering, Stand-by Assistance while walking and Transportation.
- Extensive Care includes all of the above, plus: Total Supervision, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care, Transferring Client, Bedbound Patient Care, Feeding, Post-Surgery Care and End of Life Care.
What is the minimum number of days or hours required per week?
The only minimum we have is 3 hours per shift. There is not a minimum number of days required. We have clients that use our services 1 day up to 7 days a week.
How do you choose my caregiver?
We do our best to match caregivers to the needs and preferences of our clients. We take into account what the client’s needs are, the skill level of the caregiver, along with personality and age preferences of the client. We realize that it is not always comfortable to have someone in your home, so it is important to us that we make sure your caregiver is a good fit for you individually.
What is the hiring process for your caregivers?
We are very particular about who we hire to represent Bridges In-Home Care. We have a thorough interview process and screening to determine if a person is a good fit for caregiving and if they have a heart for helping others. We check out personal and job references for each applicant. We do a criminal back ground check on each applicant through a private investigator. We monitor and train our caregivers on a regular basis to ensure the highest quality of care for our clients.
What if I'm not sure exactly what I need as far as help?
We do an initial consultation and assessment to talk about how we can help. Most people do not know exactly what they need at first, especially if they haven’t had someone help in the home before. We start with a basic plan of care and a tentative schedule, and we adjust as we go along to fit your needs. We are very flexible because we want this to work for you.
How do I know if my loved one needs help?
There are many things that can be indicators that your loved one needs help. Some things to look for are: Changes in physical appearance; i.e., wearing soiled clothing, unwashed or unkempt hair, dressing inappropriately for weather or occasions. Personal hygiene issues; i.e., infrequency in showering/bathing, unable to get clean, leading to recurrent UTI infections. Weight loss, due to difficulty in meal preparation, disinterest in eating. Increase in falling. Watch for injuries that they may not report to you. Isolation or Depression: disinterest in activities they used to like; trouble getting motivated to get dressed, get out. Forgetting Medications; either not taking, taking too frequently or not frequently enough, taking too much, or at the wrong time. This can be life-threatening depending on what the medication is and what it is prescribed for. Cognitive decline; resulting in difficulty with Activities of Daily Living, safety issues, wandering and trying to do things they are not able to do and causing injury.
What does the consulting piece include?
Regardless of whether or not our services are a good fit for you, we have many resources and preferred providers that we would be happy to connect you with. Our first priority is to help you find what is best for your loved one, so don’t hesitate to call with questions regarding anything you need to be able to stay at home comfortably and safely.
410 S. Orchard St., Suite 120
Boise, ID 83705
PO Box 2544
Eagle, ID 83616-9119
Bridges In-Home Care & Consulting Office
Bridges In-Home Care & Consulting Office
410 S Orchard St #120, Boise, ID 83705, USA
Free Consultation Includes:
- In-home visit by owner or manager
- Home and client assessment to determine level of care
- Talk about ideal caregiver profile
- Set up a tentative schedule
- Free copy of “Quick Guide to Aging At Home”