Spotlight: AccuCare Home Health Care of St. Louis
Since 1994, AccuCare Home Health Care of St. Louis has tended to the physical, emotional and mental needs of clients, navigating ongoing changes in the nation’s health care system to help them achieve independence and quality of life. Locally owned and RN managed, AccuCare prides itself on treating every client like family.
Much of AccuCare’s business involves the medical management of elderly clients, whether they have an ailment or are transitioning from the hospital to their home or a senior living facility. “The main thing is to get them there, make them feel comfortable and reacclimate them to the environment,” says Jacqueline Phillips RN, BSN, AccuCare president and founder.
The process may include building back their strength, adjusting to new capabilities or trying to help them reach the same level of independence they were at before. AccuCare caregivers assist with all personal care activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, grooming, running errands and going to doctor’s appointments. “We try to get them to be as independent as possible because it makes them feel good, but our oversight helps keep them safe,” Phillips says.
AccuCare caregivers also deal with the emotional and mental side of client home care that comes with a loss of independence, the death of a spouse, or memory loss due to dementia or Alzheimer’s. Transitions often come with heavy emotions. AccuCare can provide support and respite care to in-home caregivers like spouses or children as well so they can get out and resume their normal activities.
Providing nurse oversight sets AccuCare apart from many non-medical home health care companies, allowing caregivers to take note of medical changes or issues and work directly with clients’ physicians to determine causes and make necessary changes. With 40 years of experience as an RN, Phillips worked in both hospital and corporate settings. She started her first home health care company with another nurse in 1984 before opening AccuCare.
“I’m very passionate about being able to make a difference in people’s lives,” she says. “If I can make the end of life or their elder years better in any way, that makes me feel really good. I couldn’t do it without my caregivers or office staff. It’s a team effort.”
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