We know one of the most important factors to our clients is to see the same face at their door every time, that is, consistent care. This is why one of our key goals at Alamo Companion Services is staff retention.
We are probably the only caregiver company in San Antonio that provides our caregivers with healthcare, paid time off, vacation, sick time, a 401k with matching funds that they are immediately vested in, and ongoing, free continuing education.
All of these benefits ensure that we retain quality, loyal, staff so that we can better serve your loved ones. In fact, many of our caregivers have been with us since the genesis of Alamo Companion Services, while others have moved forward to become RNs, LVNs, physical and occupational therapists, dental techs, and in various other healthcare professions where they continue to serve San Antonio in a professional capacity.
All Alamo Companion Services caregivers are carefully selected and undergo a thorough background check.
Our caregivers receive specialized training with courses designed to meet the activities of daily living needs of Alzheimer’s patients and are also taught how to communicate through the dementia, how to create a sense of calm when necessary, and the importance of consistency with routines. These areas, along with activities to stimulate memories and interaction are regular in-services for all of our caregivers on a routine basis.
Our caregivers understand that Parkinson’s disease impacts people in many ways. Not everyone will experience all the symptoms of Parkinson’s, and if they do, they won’t necessarily experience them in quite the same order, or at the same level of intensity. We educate our caregivers in that the incidence and severity of PD symptoms vary from day to day, and even from one time of day to another. It takes skill and patience to know when to assist with a task and when to simply allow the person more time to do the task independently. Parkinson’s Disease requires knowledge of the disease and its progression. Our caregivers are trained on how to deal with these needs through training and in-services by Alamo Rehab Team’s Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Department.
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.
Caring for someone who has had a stroke presents its own issues and challenges and every individual who has suffered a stroke is different, which, again, is why Alamo Companion Services individualizes each person and family’s needs. Our caregivers are trained to understand that the stroke victim not only has specific physical challenges but many have other complications including:
- Communication difficulty
- Swallowing difficulties
- Emotional and behavior changes
Our caregivers receive training on dealing with these unique complications specific to stroke through in-services given throughout the year by physical, occupational and speech therapists, webinars and ongoing specialized training programs.