Extra Home Care for Those who Need it Most

The At Home Nursing Care Foundation improves care for the needy & vulnerable who may have slipped through the cracks and provides education for those who wish to pursue a career in home nursing.

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Extra Home Care for Those who Need it Most

The At Home Nursing Care Foundation improves care for the needy & vulnerable who may have slipped through the cracks and provides education for those who wish to pursue a career in home nursing.

A Tradition of
Charitable Works

While the At Home Nursing Care Foundation officially launched at the end of 2019 – the founders behind it have had a long history of volunteering and giving to quality organizations throughout San Diego County.

Founder Lauren Reynolds, owner of the home health agency At Home Nursing Care, has served as the Chair, Co-Chair and Registration Chair of the Taste of Rancho Santa Fe for six years, and she gave her time as Chair of the Country Friends Giving Hearts Gala in 2019. At Home Nursing Care served as major sponsors of several local events spanning many years.

Reynolds engaged her family’s help to create wonderful events while saving money on the costs of hired help, leaving more funds to be given directly to beneficiaries. Her husband, brother, and both of her sons worked check in, sold raffle tickets or helped to organize check in packets. She credits many generous friends for giving substantial donations to causes she’s supported.

Reynolds and her work colleagues also held an event on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association and have donated to the YMCA Foundation, the Parkinson’s Association, the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, and other worthy organizations helping to improve lives and strengthen communities.

Our Story

It started with a simple request

Can you send a nurse to check on my wife?

That was a call into our home health agency in 2017, from an older gentleman whose wife he said was “not doing very well”, but who refused to let him call 911. The man was clearly confused; his wife was speaking in the background. They had gotten our phone number from the yellow pages, when they looked up “nurse.” We had no idea of their living condition or resources, but our RN felt a calling to go visit them.

When the nurse got to the home, she realized that 911 needed to be called immediately. The woman was bleeding and lying on the floor after a fall. The wife explained her husband had late stage dementia and he simply couldn’t make decisions anymore. They had no life alert, no children living nearby, and they were terrified of being separated and forced into a skilled nursing facility.

Our nurse convinced the wife to go to the hospital with paramedics, then went through the home telephone book to locate a son overseas, explained the situation, and got the husband temporary care until his wife returned. Working with the son, the couple needed care management to align them with the right services, and they were safe and stayed together, at home.

This situation is not rare. Since that first call, we’ve had many more. Some of the calls are to find out how to get extra supplies that insurance doesn’t cover. Other calls involve hoarding situations or lack of housekeeping. Even the cost of laundry, an average of $4 per load at the laundromat, can leave seniors without properly cleaned clothing.

These are not homeless individuals or destitute people, they are the ones that simply get lost in the cracks, they’re not too needy to be flagged by social services, and they’re not so wealthy that they can have 24 hour a day private care.

The At Home Nursing Care Foundation was formed to help these individuals with what they need most; care management to align coordination of services, small medical equipment not covered by insurance, household services such as routine cleaning or small repairs, personal care assistance or laundry services. We also fund educational programs for family and paid caregivers, such as CPR training, scholarships for certifications or training, or simply a handful of quarters for laundry.

Donate

Our mission is to improve care for the needy and vulnerable, and that includes providing community education such as CPR classes, or scholarships for individuals who wish to pursue a career in home nursing.

As a small charity, our organizational costs and overhead are very low. We use our donated funds for what charity is all about, helping others.

Thank you for your consideration and for supporting the At Home Nursing Care Foundation, Inc.

Scholarships

In order to make the first step in a home health career more accessible, At Home Nursing Care Foundation, Inc. is committed to rewarding at least one C.N.A/H.H.A Scholarship per year for five years, starting in 2020.

  • All applicants should be 18 years of age, a resident of San Diego or Los Angeles County, ideally with 1 year of experience in home care.
  • The scholarship is need and merit based.
  • A simple application is needed which includes some personal information, financial attestation, and one letter of recommendation from a high school counselor, employer, or manager in a health care industry.
  • Recipients are chosen by the professional advisory board.
  • The scholarship is paid directly to the C.N.A/H.H.A program in advance of the recipient’s attendance.
  • All applicants must meet the legal requirements to become a C.N.A/H.H.A in California, including a criminal background check, fitness for duty physical and TB test.
  • Applications are accepted from June – August of each year, and a recipient is announced by the end of September of each year.
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