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June 11-15, 2018 We are celebrating and honoring our AMAZING Caregivers this week by hosting our annual Caregiver Appreciation Week and BBQ!! Every day this week we have special gifts and surprises for all of our caregivers. We feel that they do such an amazing job and are so devoted to their clients that we want to spend an entire week spoiling them and expressing our gratitude for all that they do!!!
May 1, 2018 I am so glad that the Bellingham Herald and Whatcom Health Magazine is shining some light on this very important topic. Family caregivers need encouragement, support and resources to be able to better take care of their loved ones. We at Home Attendant Care and Nursing are proud to be her to provide client advocacy, skilled nursing services, amazing in-home caregivers and respite care services. For the full article or to read more about “Caregiver Burnout” click here.
March 20th and 22nd Our Director, Debbie Gann, is once again volunteering her time to help educate individuals about all of the variety of care services available to those living in the PacNW. The “Elder Care Options” class for Skagit county will be help at Skagit Valley Hospital through the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation Community Education program. For more information please contact our office at 360-755-1547 or click here to register on line.
March 12th and 14th Debbie Gann will be once again presenting “Elder Care Options” at Whatcom Community College. This two-evening program brings clarity to the maze of support options available. Learn about alternative living situations, transportation, nutritional and medical services, in-home care (including home-health and hospice), as well as how to access these options. Discover the costs of each and the role of Medicare, Medicaid, LTC insurance, and other funding options. Instructor Debbie Gann has 30 years of healthcare experience. For more information please contact her at 360-734-3849 or click here to register on-line.
February 28, 2017 Our Director, Debbie Gann, will be presenting at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center’s annual Housing Options Event. Debbie will be presenting from 10am-11am regarding when “Home is No Longer an Option”. The presentation will review the various types of senior housing that are available, costs for each, funding sources that may be used and how to make the transition as smooth as possible. The event itself will run from 9am-2pm and will cover a variety of Housing topics and there will be information booths from senior living and resource representatives on hand to answer any questions you may have.
February 18, 2017 KGMI Radio program Whatcom Talk featured our very own Debbie Gann for their Sunday broadcast. Debbie was asked to be involved in the show this week to discuss in home care services for seniors. She was interviewed by Wes Herman who regularly hosts the show. Debbie shared some information about the 3 tiers of in home care in WA state, changes that have occurred in this industry since Home Attendant Care was founded 35 years ago as well as some of the funding options available to help pay for the services. If you would like to listen to the complete show, click on the button below to be linked to the on-line podcast. If you have any questions about any of the information covered during the show, please feel free to call 360-734-3849 or email.
October 2017 Home Attendant Care enters its 35th year of business. We are so proud to have been serving seniors in our community for 35 years. As the oldest Home Care Agency in our area, we believe it is an honor to serve those in our community who need additional assistance in order to remain safely in their own homes. We will be spending this year celebrating our caregivers that serve with dedication and compassion and who touch the lives of so many individuals on a daily basis. Without these amazing, loyal caregivers we would not be able to provide the level of quality care that our clients, and the community as a whole, have come to expect. We look forward to continuing to serve seniors living in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties for many more years to come. We are honored to be “The People you Trust, Caring for the People you Love”
January 2017 Home Attendant Care has announced the launch of their sister company Home Attendant Nursing!! Home Attendant Nursing is a WA State Dept of Health licensed Home Health Agency. This new company will employ RN’s that can come into the homes of seniors living in Whatcom and Skagit Counties to provide skilled nursing services. Services will include RN assessments and skilled nursing visits, Medication management, Nurse delegation, Vital sign monitoring, Diabetes education and support, Pro-time, cholesterol and blood sugar monitoring, Immunizations and Case management as well as Insurance company assessments, Care transition from hospital to home and Pre & Post-operative support. We are thrilled to be able to provide these services and fill in a major gap in services available to seniors in our community.
October 2016 The Alzheimer Society of WA recognized Debbie Gann, Director of Home Attendant Care, as the recipient of the 2016 Ken King Service Award at their Fall Conference. The award was presented to her by Joselyn Winslow, ASW founder and Teepa Snow, internationally recognized dementia trainer, and came as such a surprise to Debbie. The award was given in recognition of her many years of service to those individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and related dementias in our community. Debbie served on the board of directors for the organization for many years, financially supports the organization in many ways and tirelessly strives to improve the lives of those who live with and are impacted by these diseases. Most recently Debbie Gann launched a new program called “A Touch of Grace” which brought together key individuals from Peace Health, Western WA University, University of WA, Hospice, the Alzheimer Society and several local care facilities to develop and implement training that will improve the quality of care for those who need end of life care in nursing homes. This program is a way of honoring her mother, Grace Tannenbaum, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and who passed away last year while residing in a local care facility. Debbie was so honored to be this year’s recipient of the Ken King Service Award and be recognized for her contributions to our community.
March 2015 Our Director, Debbie Gann, is once again volunteering her time to help educate individuals about all of the variety of care services available to those living in the PacNW. Her class Elder Care Options was presented at WCC earlier this month and will be offered at Skagit Valley Hospital on March 18th.
This one-evening program brings clarity to the maze of support options available. Learn about alternative living situations, transportation, nutritional and medical services, in-home care (including home-health and hospice), as well as how to access these options. Discover the costs of each and the role of Medicare, Medicaid, LTC insurance, and other funding options. Instructor Debbie Gann has more than 25 years of healthcare experience. Call Skagit Regional Health at 360-814-2424 or 360-629-6481 to register. No cost but pre-registration required.
December 2014 – Spirit of the Holidays. Spirit of the Holidays voting has begun! Below are several organizations that will receive donations from Home Attendant Care in January 2015. Please help us determine how much each one will receive. All you need to do is cast your vote via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The more votes each organization receives, the more money they will receive from us. Help us in our support of these amazing organizations so they can continue to make an impact in our communities.
October 14 & 28, 2013 – Elder Care Options in Skagit and Whatcom Counties. Its time to get educated about caring for yourself or a loved one during the aging process. Sign up for one of our popular Elder Care Options workshops this month through this link!
May 29, 2013 – Skagit Valley Hospital Class. Join Debbie Gann as she chats with Skagit County seniors about elder care options and a variety of funding sources. The seminar is great for senior citizens and/or family members who may need to make care decisions in the future.
May 23, 2013 – Women’s Health Luncheon. Home Attendant Care is pleased to sponsor best-selling author Helen Thayer at the Skagit Valley Hospital Women’s Health Luncheon on May 23, 2013 from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Attendees will be amazed and inspired by her travels and personal journey.
May 6, 2013 – Gann teaches Elder Care Options Class at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. Debbie Gann, director of Home Attendant Care, Inc. will be teaching an informational workshop focusing on care options available for the elder population. The class is suitable for seniors as well as loved ones who may help make elder care decisions in the future. Registration info available through this link.
February 2013 – An Affair to Remember. Ready for a fun night out? Join Alzheimer Society of WA at their 2nd annual Affair to Remember fundraiser. Details through this link.
December 2012 – Annual Coat Drive. Home Attendant Care’s Burlington and Bellingham offices are drop-off locations for Blue Skies for Children’s coat drive. Donations of new or gently used hats, gloves, scarves or coats would be greatly appreciated by local children. Details through this link.
October 2012 – Elder Care Options Workshop at Skagit Valley Hospital. Community members are invited to this informational workshop focusing on care options available for the elder population. Learn how to access services, the costs of each and the role of Medicare, Medicaid, long term care insurance and other funding sources.
October 2012 – Alzheimer Society of Washington Fall Conference. Learn effective ways to connect with seniors experiencing dementia related symptoms at this important conference. Register today and make sure to stop by Home Attendant Care’s information booth at the event.
October 2012 – Women’s Health Luncheon featuring Dr. Kimberly Allison. Home Attendant Care is proud to sponsor this inspiring guest speaker. Come learn about Dr. Allison’s journey through breast cancer at the age of 33. Details available through this link.
September 2012 – Elder Care Workshop at Burlington Senior Center. Community members are invited to join Debbie Gann and Jim Darling of Home Attendant Care for an informational workshop focusing on care options available for the elder population. Information about how to access these services, the costs of each and the role of Medicare, Medicaid, long term care insurance and other funding sources will also be covered. Details available through this link.
May 2012 – Alzheimer’s Society of Washington is presenting an educational workshop in Bellingham. The event, titled “Partnering in Dementia Care – Embracing Moments of Joy”, will be led by nationally-known dementia expert Teepa Snow. Details available through this link.
May 2012 – Skagit Valley Hospital and Home Attendant Care Partner to Present Educational Workshop. Learn more about alternative living situations, medical services, and in-home care (including home–health and hospice), the costs of each as well as how to access these options. Discover the role of Medicare, Medicaid, ancillary services including transportation and nutritional services, LTC insurance, other funding options and legal documents to consider. Class size is limited, click here for details and registration.
April 2012 – Elder Care Workshop in Mount Vernon. We’ll be teaching a complimentary elder care options workshop at the Mount Vernon Senior Center on April 25th. Please feel free to share this info with seniors and their loved ones – its great to learn about options and have questions answered before a need arises.
March 2012 – 17th Annual Caregiver Conference in Bellingham. Whether you are just starting out in a caregiving role or continuing to care for an older person whose needs are increasing, you first need to care for yourself. This conference will offer you tips and tools for preserving your physical and emotional health, help you access community support, and help you meet other caregivers to discuss how to best care for your loved one. Additional details and registration information available through this link.
February 2012 – Whatcom Community College Class: Elder Care Options, Help When You Need It. Debbie Gann, director of Home Attendant Care, Inc. will be teaching an informational workshop focusing on care options available for the elder population. Information about how to access these services, the costs of each and the role of Medicare, Medicaid, long term care insurance and other funding sources will be covered. The class is suitable for those needing care as well as those who may be preparing to care for a loved one. KGMI radio interviewed Debbie about this class.
February 2012 – Washington’s Ball, Date Night Northwest. Bring your single friends to the Washington’s Birthday Ball (at Broadway Hall). Be prepared to dance, mingle and have fun! Swing Connection will provide entertainment with a 19 person live band. Appetizers and beverages will be available. Tickets are $30 per person, for singles 55+. Click here for additional information.
February 2012 – Home Attendant Care Sponsors Guest Speaker at Skagit Regional Heart & Vascular Institute. Kayla Burt with the Hope Heart Institute suffered cardiac arrest in December 2002 at the age of 20 as a basketball player at the University of Washington. Burt will share her dramatic story at the Valentine’s Day Women’s Health Luncheon, plus provide information about the signs and symptoms of heart disease, provide lifestyle tips for a healthy heart, and a demonstration of the latest CPR technique and how to use an automated external defibrillator.
February 2012 – An Affair to Remember Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association of Washington. Put on your best cocktail attire and come enjoy complimentary wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and more at The Leopold’s Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham. Listen and dance to live jazz music and participate in a silent auction that raises money for Alzheimer’s Association of Washington. Click image to the right for additional information and ticket sales. $30 per person.
December 2011 – Home Attendant Care Invites Local Businesses to Join their 4th Annual Spirit of the Holidays Program. Debbie Gann, director of Home Attendant Care founded the Spirit of the Holidays program in 2008 as a way to support charities during the holiday season. Each year HAC invites other companies to help make a difference by forgoing traditional corporate gifts and instead allowing colleagues to select local charities who will receive monetary donations. “Simply reallocating these funds can make a significant impact in our community,” says Gann who was featured in an on-air interview with KGMI radio about charitable giving during the holidays. Want to learn more about the Spirit of the Holidays program? Email Debbie for details.
August 2011 – Miles for Memories Alzheimer’s Run/Walk. Home Attendant Care participated in this 12th annual fundraising event that raises awareness about the disease and offers local support to those impacted by dementia. Our director, Debbie Gann was interviewed by KVOS TV as part of their live coverage of the event. Click here to watch the video.
April 2011 – Home Attendant Care Helps Sponsor National Health Care Decisions Day. Your health care decisions matter. Learn more about Advance Health Care Directives at the “Five Wishes” workshop. This free event is presented by the Whatcom County Medical Society, Whatcom Hospice and the St. Luke’s Foundation, Saturday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. – noon, at the St. Luke’s Health Education Center.
March 2011 – Bellingham Herald’s Prime Time Publication. Home Attendant Care clients and caregivers were featured in an article about seniors weighing the options between living at home or moving to senior facilities.
March 2011 – 16th Annual Caregiver Conference. “Caring for Others? Caring for Yourself” is the theme of the 2011 ESP Caregiver Conference that will be held at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, on Saturday, March 12, 2011. We are very excited to bring Wendy Lustbader back to Bellingham to lead this outstanding conference as our keynote speaker. In addition to Lustbader, the conference includes: your choice of breakout sessions, full breakfast buffet, gourmet lunch and the opportunity to speak with experts in the field of senior care.
December 2009 – Bellingham Business Journal: Conversation. Debbie Gann, 2009 Professional Woman of the Year. There were several qualified finalists for the Professional Woman of the Year award, but in the end, there can only be one. Last month, Debbie Gann, owner of Home Attendant Care Inc., was named the 2009 winner of the Professional Woman of the Year award by Whatcom Women in Business. Read the entire conversation: Bellingham Business Journal
November 2009 – Bellingham Herald: Gann named Professional Woman of the Year. Debbie Gann, owner of Home Attendant Care, Inc., was named the 2009 winner of the Professional Woman of the Year award by Whatcom Women in Business. Gann won the award for being an outstanding business leader, mentor and contributor to the community, according to the press release from the organization.