At BrightStar, we strive day in and day out to serve as a helpful resource to those in need. From adult and elder care to a range of childcare and medical staffing services, we’ve identified some of the most frequently asked questions – and answers - to guide you in the right direction.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Find a BrightStar near you, send us a note about your needs or call us toll free at (866) 618 – STAR (7827). Let’s talk to see how we may best be of service. Depending on what you feel is necessary, we can arrange a time to schedule a personal assessment so we can complete the picture.
We will work with you to ensure that everyone’s needs are met. We can arrange for services ranging from a couple of hours a week to around-the-clock care. No need is too great. We work hard to ensure caregiver-client compatibility as part of our “Guaranteed Compatibility” program. Healthcare staffing services can usually begin almost immediately.
Q: How do you select your caregivers?
A: All of our caregivers are rigorously screened. We interview everyone in person and then conduct a thorough reference, criminal background check, and drug screen test. Everyone that works with us, from home health aides to nurses, are bonded and insured.
Every one of our caregivers has at least one year of experience and most of our caregivers have advanced training. We match caregivers to you and your family based on the skills needed and personality traits necessary for a good relationship.
Q: Are your services available for the elderly in nursing homes or assisted living facilities?
A: Yes, we provide healthcare staffing services wherever clients reside.
Q: What makes BrightStar different from other companies?
A: What distinguishes BrightStar is that the care we provide revolves around you, our client. The services we provide are custom tailored to each client’s individual needs. We are also available to all of our clients around the clock. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide service whenever it is needed. We’ll be there anytime. Any place.But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself.
Q: What happens if my caregiver is sick?
A: It’s not a problem. That’s why we employ a team approach. If one home health aide, nurse, or caregiver is sick, another is normally available.
Q: Who pays the caregiver – me or you?
A: BrightStar handles all the payroll, taxes, insurance and administrative responsibilities for you. We will even bill your long-term care insurance company for you.
Q: Can I change the schedule if I have appointments?
A: Yes, changes are easily accommodated. Our clients’ needs always come first.
Q: Do I have to sign a contract to keep services for a specified period of time?
A: No. At BrightStar, we are flexible to your needs and recognize that due to changing circumstances, you may need to increase or decrease services. Whether you need us for one hour or 24, our answer is, “Yes we can!” Unlike nursing homes or assisted living facilities, health care services can be cancelled at any time. Other agencies in this industry call for clients to adhere to minimums to meet their requirements. BrightStar only wants to meet your requirements. Learn more.
Q: Why should I use BrightStar rather than hire someone out of the newspaper myself?
A: There are several great reasons why BrightStar should be your choice for quality homecare. All of our caregivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. Our caregivers also undergo Bloodborne Pathogen and HIPAA training. Also, we test all of our medical personnel to assess their skills. We need to make sure our certified home health aides, nurse aides, or companions are the best in the business.
Every family needs to be aware that almost every Homeowner’s insurance policy specifically excludes anyone working within your home. If the person you hire becomes injured while working for you, you will become personally responsible for all of their medical bills. This has left several families very vulnerable when their caregiver injured themselves at their home.
The potential to lose everything you have worked so hard to achieve seems an unnecessary risk. Every one of BrightStar’s employees are completely covered by insurance so you and your loved ones can relax knowing that if something unforeseen happens to your caregiver, they are completely covered by insurance.
We also maintain a large staff of quality employees to ensure that the most compatible and reliable caregiver will be there to provide the best care for seniors, newborns, or children in their own home, for you, your family member, or friend. We are here for you, 24 hours, seven days a week!
Q: Are services covered by Medicare or insurance?
A: Medicare does not pay for this type of care. Many long-term care policies will reimburse for these kinds of services. We are happy to work with your insurance company to make that determination. We will also assist you by billing the insurance company directly.
Q: What if service must be changed?
A: No problem. We are very flexible and understand that situations can quickly change. Our only concern is your wellbeing and we respond accordingly.
Q: How much do the services cost?
A: BrightStar offers several levels of care and costs are determined based on each client’s needs. Find the nearest BrightStar office and have an intake coordinator assess your situation. We will then be more than happy to provide you a quote on the price of services.
Q: Who can best be helped by BrightStar?
A: BrightStar is the perfect solution for anyone who needs supportive services in order to remain in their home. What makes BrightStar unique is that, if a client’s needs evolve, we can be there every step of the way to meet those needs. We are able to provide every service available in an institutional facility in the comfort of each client’s own home.
BrightStar clients include those with diminished eyesight or hearing, arthritis, COPD, those recovering from severe medical problems such as cancer or heart disease, or those who are dealing with memory loss, Alzheimer’s and dementia. Many of our clients have a number of conditions which make the everyday activities of life difficult.
Unlike other companies that offer similar services, BrightStar also provides healthcare staffing services to corporate clients such as hospitals and nursing homes. As a result we are able to offer everyone that works with us superior benefits, thereby attracting the best and brightest. Additionally, this gives us a much larger base of professional nurses, home health aides, nurse aides, and any other allied health professionals to draw from.
For example, because we recruit phlebotomists for various labs, we are able to offer in-home blood draws. We are also able to have nurses perform medication set-ups, and even have nurses perform around-the-clock care depending on the need. While most of our clients do not require around-the-clock nursing care, it is a benefit that we are able to offer because we have a large pool of professionals to draw from. It’s just another way we’re making more possible each and every day. Let us know how we can help.
Q: Are your services only for seniors?
A: No, we also provide services to new mothers, individuals with disabilities, victims of accidents, people recovering from a recent illness or surgery, and anyone who needs a little help getting around the house. Our care professionals specialize in providing a full range of care, from peer-level companionship and hospital sitting services to high-tech pediatric and quadriplegic care. Anytime, any place.