At Andrea’s Angels Inc., our mission is to provide peace of mind and improve quality of life by offering our clients the highest level of care, compassion, and professionalism possible. With a focus on safety, quality, client choice, and satisfaction, we strive to exceed expectations by providing an integrated approach to home care that retains clients’ independence while reducing stress on families and caregivers.
We are a Colorado-based home care agency specializing in supporting people recovering from traumatic or acquired brain injury who are learning to live independently again. We focus on helping older adults dealing with blindness or visual impairments, physical disabilities, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), or who otherwise require assistance maintaining their independent lifestyle.
Andrea’s Angels provides a range of services that allow our clients to live at home with dignity and respect. Our teams work alongside clients and families to ensure that our clients have access to the right combination of services and programs that fit their needs. We specialize in providing Independent Living Skills Training (ILST) to clients who have suffered a traumatic or acquired brain injury, as well as Transition Coordination Services (TCS), and Homemaker Services (HCBS).
Read on to learn more about each of our services, and what sets Andrea’s Angels apart from other home care and brain injury services providers in Colorado.
Brain Injury care – Independent Living Skills Training (ILST) and Transition Coordination Services (TCS):
Andrea’s Angels provides brain injury care under the Colorado Medicaid Brain Injury Waiver. Under the waiver’s scope, we operate primarily in two areas: Independent Living Skills Training (ILST) and Transition Coordination Services (TCS).
Our ILST services:
Independent living skills encompass many skill areas including, but not limited to:
- personal care (dressing, grooming, and hygiene)
- food preparation
- clothing management (sorting clothes, laundry)
- personal organization (materials and time management)
- assistive technology
- coping skills
- social skills
- household maintenance
Independent Living Skills Training (ILST) provides individualized support for adults who struggle with independent living skills to achieve greater autonomy while living with others or to acquire and maintain personal independence in these areas. We understand how difficult it can be to give up the things you love whether it’s living in your home, enjoying your hobbies, or even just being able to take care of oneself. That’s why we believe in helping people hold on to the things that make them feel like themselves, even when they’re recovering from a brain injury.
Our goal is to provide services that will change lives by improving quality of life and increasing access to care, while reducing costs associated with hospitalization and other institution-based care. Our ILST services have numerous benefits including increased independence, improved quality of life, and enhanced self-sufficiency for clients.
To be eligible to enroll in ILST, the applicant must:
- Have suffered from a brain injury that has resulted in permanent disability
- Be eligible for Medicaid
- Not be able to perform three or more activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, laundry, or meal preparation without assistance or supervision
- Demonstrate issues with thinking or learning that interfere with independent living skills
- Demonstrate issues with communication that interfere with independent living skills
Colorado Medicaid, better known as Health First Colorado, funds the ILST program which provides training to individuals with brain injuries or other cognitive disabilities. It can be a huge help if you or your loved one recently suffered an acquired or traumatic brain injury (TBI). The ILST program is funded through the state’s Health Care Financing Program (HCFP) and administered by Colorado Health Care Financing and Policy (HCPF).
The ILST program works by providing grants to agencies that offer approved services, which may include nursing care, personal care, assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), and vocational training. Contact Andrea’s Angelsto find out more about the ILST program, how to enroll, and other options that may be available for a loved one.
Transition Coordination Services (TCS) is a program designed to help people with disabilities move from a long-term care facility into the community. Transition Coordination Services simply mean that someone is tracking the progress of clients toward their short and long term goals as they reacclimate to their home and community. . Transition coordination services programs provide individuals living in nursing homes with long term care Medicaid benefits and the opportunity to explore their options to transition from the nursing home to a home in the community.
Andrea’s Angels TCS program is designed to be flexible and individualized, and we work with you to determine what kind of assistance you need as you transition from facility to home. TCS provides support, information, and guidance to help understand what’s needed in order to live independently. Our TCS staff work closely with people who are transitioning from a nursing home or other facility into their own homes, as well as those who want to live in the community but need help doing so. Our services help people transition back into their own homes after recovering from hospital stays by providing assistance with independent living skills.
We are equipped and happy to help long-term care facility residents who receive Medicaid benefits transition back into their home communities. Our dedicated team of “Angels” are highly trained and adept at helping people regain a sense of independence and community following a health emergency or hospitalization.
Home Care Services: Home and Community-Based Services and Homemaker Services
Andrea’s Angels Inc. provides a range of home care services under the Colorado Medicaid Elderly, Blind and Disabled waiver. Under this waiver, we offer several kinds of Home Care Home and Community-Based Services, Homemaker Services, Respite care, and Relative care.
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are designed to provide access to services that support people in their own homes or communities rather than in institutions such as nursing homes or hospitals. These services can be provided in the client’s home or other locations where they feel comfortable such as a senior center or community center. HCBS provides a system of care that accounts for the strengths, preferences, and needs of the individual, as well as the desired outcome. We understand that each individual is unique and requires different levels of assistance. We will work with your family to develop a schedule that works best for everyone involved.
Homemaker Services assists individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional, mental, and/or age-related conditions. A professional Homemaker can help people with these challenges stay out of the hospital, nursing home, or other facility and remain safely in their homes. They do not provide personal care to clients, but instead they are dedicated to helping our clients complete the tasks of everyday living that keep their home environment healthy and safe. Homemakers can assist with meal preparation and cooking, grocery shopping and other errands, laundry and light housekeeping. With a professional homemaker, loved ones receive increased safety and cleanliness in their home and additional support for both themselves and their caregiver(s).
In-Home Support Services (IHSS) is a Colorado Medicaid program that helps elderly, blind, and disabled people to safely remain in their own homes when they are not able to fully care for themselves or handle routine household tasks. Applicants must demonstrate a need for personal care, homemaker, or health maintenance services. We provide homemaker care under the Elderly, Blind and Disabled (EBD) Medicaid waiver program to ourColorado clients.
Someone who has an illness or disability may need care around the clock. This can be extremely demanding for their caregiver(s), particularly if they are taking on the full load by themselves. Caregivers sometimes need time to rest and relax, go on vacation, shop, go to appointments, work, or exercise. For these reasons, we offer respite care services to supplement caregiving that is already occurring in the home. Respite care is the temporary care of a sick, elderly, or disabled person, in order to provide relief for their usual caregiver.
When you prefer to have someone you already know and trust overseeing your home care, consider Relative Care. The Relative Care program can be the perfect gap-filler when a loved one only needs a few hours of in-home support per week. This program pays a caregiver of your choice for up to 8.5 hours per week of in-home personal care, meaning older adults could have their loved one get paid for care they may already be doing for free.
Relative Care can help people who need assistance with their personal care remain healthy and safe in their homes with the assistance of someone they know and trust. By choosing a friend, relative, or other loved one to be paid to care for a loved one, they remain in greater control of their home care experience. Andrea’s Angels’s is proud to accept Colorado Medicaid and private pay for our relative care services.
Summing it up
We believe that each person has the right to live a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, and safe. Our goal is to empower people with disabilities or limited abilities by providing them with the tools necessary to live independently with dignity and self-esteem so they can grow as individuals and contribute to their communities. Our dedicated team of ILST Trainers, PCAs, and Homemakers is here to serve our clients as they rebuild skills and work to establish a new normal following a brain injury, disability, or other major health event.
We know how important it is for people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) or acquired disabilities to have access to quality caregiving and independent living skills training (ILST). That’s why we specialize in providing compassionate caregiving services. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for those who need it most, including seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease; individuals who have sustained a brain injury; those who require assistance maintaining their independence; blind or visually impaired people; and clients with physical disabilities.
Our team of “Angels” are skilled and experienced in their field and are chosen for their character and warm nature to deliver our signature home care experience. If you or a loved one are in need of ILST, HCBS, Homemaker or other home care services, don’t hesitate to contact Andrea’s Angels Inc. We’ve been helping Coloradans for nearly 25 years, and it would be our true joy to be able to assist you and your family.
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The information in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen.