Your safety is our top priority.
Now we have better infection control for our clients and caregivers.
Our New System for Client and Caregiver Safety
In this challenging time, we’re working around the clock—developing new protocols, caregiver training, and technology—to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and support the health of our clients and Care Professionals. That’s why we’ve developed Care Protect.
Pre-Visit Check and Safety Tools for Caregivers
- Prior to every visit,Caregivers are required to take their temperature and confirm that they have no fever or symptoms of illness.
- Caregivers receive ongoing support, information, and reminders to verify they are following our protocols and universal infection control standards.
- We’re ensuring that all Caregiver have supplies such as thermometers and paying for flu shots if they need one.
Additional Safeguards to Support Safety
- If a Caregiver reports flu-like symptoms, we immediately restaff their visits and notify the client’s family.
- Before returning to work after an illness, a Caregiver must follow our new clearance process, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- We’ve updated our client consultations to ensure proper protections are in place before care begins.
- Our trained support team is available 24/7 to handle any urgent client situations.
Expanded PPE Requirements and Training
- We’re providing masks for Caregivers to wear at every shift.
- We’ve expanded our requirements for when masks and gloves must be worn—and documented them for clients and Caregivers.
- Caregivers are trained by video on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Stay at home and be safer.
While home is the safest place for your loved one during these uncertain times, not all home care agencies can offer the same level of assurance. Be sure you’re working with an agency that prioritizes the health and well-being of your family and your caregivers—and has systems and protocols in place to support your safety.
Every person deserves care that promotes independence, dignity, and well-being.
Our mission is to provide home care that enhances quality of life for our clients and their families through teamwork, problem-solving and senior care expertise.
We love our caregivers! They are the most important part of our team, and we do everything in our power to ensure they have the tools to provide great care.
We have a multi-step screening process, and hire less than 10% of caregiver applicants. Learn More
Once hired, our caregivers go through a day long orientation to understand our model of care and procedures. We continue to monitor, supervise, coach, train, and support them to provide the best care for our clients.
Our Staffing Coordinator is in charge of scheduling caregivers for shifts and making sure they have the information they need to do a great job. She helps match the right caregiver for each client, and solves problems along the way.
Our Hiring Manager recruits, screens, and orients great caregivers to join our team. He works hard to find caring, skilled people who share our passion for working with seniors.
Client Services Director
Our Client Services Director is in charge of meeting potential clients, assessing needs, and working with our client care team to ensure a smooth start of care. She also meets with other senior care professionals to get the word out about our service.
Client Care Manager
Our Client Care Manager is a Gerontologist, and is in charge of understanding our clients’ needs and making sure care goes well. She acts as primary contact for clients and families, and supervises caregivers working onsite with clients.
Founder and CEO
Meredith Caplin, Founder and CEO, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Welfare with a specialization in Gerontology from UC Berkeley in 2004. Prior to founding CSS, she was a Medical Social Worker in hospital settings and provided psychotherapy to older adults. In addition to her professional training and experience, Meredith’s commitment to senior care is informed by her mother’s own struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, as well as close relationships with her grandparents.
Meredith started CSS Home Care in 2010 with the belief that everyone deserves care that fosters independence, dignity, and well-being. As a geriatric specialist, she knows how important it is to recognize and support older adults as whole people, addressing safety, physical and mental health, emotional well-being, and social engagement.
Locally owned and operated in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We serve Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Personal Care and Hygiene
Light Housekeeping and Meal Prep
Outings, Errands, and Appointments
Mobility and Exercise
Activities and Companionship
All of our clients are assessed and supported by our Client Care Manager, who has a master’s degree in Gerontology, with special training in Memory Care.
With a care plan in place, our caregivers are continually supervised and supported during the course of care to use the most effective behavioral therapies, including validation therapy, as well as Teepa Snow’s Gems and Hand-Over-Hand approach.
Coming home from the hospital can be a huge relief. However, during this period people are at a high risk of falls and injuries, which can land them right back in the hospital.
In order to stay safe at home, people need time to recover and get back their strength. CSS Home Care can help with a wide range of tasks post-hospitalization, to help our clients stay safe and comfortable at home during their recovery period. We can also help with appointments, errands, and rehab exercises.
Many seniors living in facilities require more than the facility can handle.
If home is an Assisted Living Community, Board and Care Home, or Nursing facility, CSS Home Care caregivers can provide additional one-on-one attention and care, outings and errands, monitoring for wandering, companionship and emotional support.
We can help when your loved one is receiving hospice or end-of-life care.
Hospice is a Medicare benefit, focused on support and comfort rather than treating disease. Hospice team members, including nurses and social workers, provide care at home to address medical needs. Hospice provides some limited, intermittent help with personal care, and does not help with other daily living tasks.
CSS Home Care can supplement Hospice by providing ongoing daily care, household tasks, and emotional support. We work closely with hospice teams to ensure comfort and quality of life.
Founded and managed by social workers and gerontologists, we know strong leadership, careful planning, and teamwork are the keys to providing the best care. We listen to your needs and create a care plan that makes sense. Our clients benefit from our team’s passion and expertise. In addition to compassionate caregivers, our team includes dedicated senior care professionals working behind the scenes to make sure care goes smoothly.
Our goal is to help create a home life where our clients feel comfortable and respected, and family members can sleep easier knowing their loved one is cared for well.
Our process is simple.
- We start with a phone call, then meet with you in person to understand your care needs and answer your questions.
- When you are ready to start, we create a care plan, set a schedule, and match you with a caregiver we think will be a good fit.
- After care starts, we check in, monitor care, problem-solve issues, and keep in contact to make sure care is going well.
What it’s like, to work at CSS….
I have worked for a few home care agencies.
CSS is, for me, the best company due to strong organization and commitment from the staff. The team building atmosphere is phenomenal. I feel protected, and very much a part of the team
What is a Home Care Assessment?
At a Home Care Assessment we meet you at your home or residence to answer your questions and understand your needs, including details about the kinds of tasks that would be helpful, schedule, and what type of caregiver may be the best fit. Assessments are free and there is no commitment.
If you are planning to start care after a hospitalization, then if possible we like to meet with you at the hospital before discharge, so that we can plan for any special needs, including things like physical therapy exercises or specialized medical equipment.
How do we set or change our schedule?
Once we have met with you for an assessment, we can typically start care soon after, since we have a large pool of qualified caregivers. Our goal is to match you with a caregiver we think would be a great fit, and orient your caregiver to your specific needs. For updates or changes to your schedule during office hours, you can notify your assigned Client Care Manager. After hours, you can call our on-call staff.
Our goal is to give you consistency, matching you with caregivers who can get to know your needs and preferences. To this end, we’ve found it helps to set up a regular, set schedule with longer hours. However, if you just need help a few hours here and there, we can accommodate that too!
How do I keep track of the schedule and care?
How do you select caregivers?
As a licensed home care agency in California, all our caregivers are registered as home care aides with the state. To even be considered for hire at CSS, all our caregivers must pass a fingerprinted background check with the DOJ and FBI, maintain current TB testing, and complete yearly training requirements.
In addition, all our caregivers go through a multi-step screening process, evaluating skill, reliability, personality, and professionalism. After we review an application for relevant skills and experience, we conduct a phone screening, where we fill in details and begin our interpersonal assessment. An applicant may then be invited to an in-person interview, where we continue to evaluate their skills, personality, reliability, judgment, and professionalism. At this interview, we also administer a written skills assessment. If the applicant passes the interview and exam, we then conduct and perform a professional reference check and employment verification.
What if my caregiver is not a good fit / not working out?
What is the difference between independent contractors vs. employee-based Home Care companies?
CSS Home Care is a licensed home care agency and our caregivers are employees. We cover employer payroll taxes, carry workers’ compensation insurance, and we have more control over how our caregivers carry out their job duties. CSS caregivers also get overtime pay, sick time, and benefits like 401K savings plans.
Companies that use independent contractors instead of employees have fewer protections and benefits for their clients, workers, and themselves. They do not carry workers’ comp insurance, pay payroll taxes, nor can they instruct their caregivers on how to do their jobs. Independent contractors are also not entitled to overtime, sick time, or other benefits.
If the applicant passes all of these steps, they attend a paid, 5-6 hour in-person orientation to orient them to our brand of care and expectations, including specialized dementia training. After hire, we continue to actively evaluate, coach, and supervise our caregivers for skill, reliability, and professionalism.
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