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Episode 16 of the Senior Care Industry Netcast is live!

We were fortunate enough to have Daniel Levy, Owner & President at Advantage Private Home Care, on our show and he offered some great insight and #advice for other #seniorcare and #healthcare providers.

Daniel, a Georgia native and graduate of University of Georgia, is originally from Columbus, GA but has called the Atlanta area home for over 16 years.

Prior to purchasing Advantage Private Home Care, Levy was Area Vice President of Business Development for Amedisys Inc., a $1.5 billion-plus Home Health and Hospice care provider.

In that role, Levy oversaw 30 counties in Georgia, leading his region to exceed growth goals each year.

Earlier, for more than a decade, he was a top sales manager for Maxim Healthcare Services Inc. a $1.2 billion-plus medical staffing, home healthcare and wellness-services company.

Daniel Levy
Daniel Levy

Levy holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Georgia.

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Full Transcript

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

This is Valerie Vanbooven with the Senior Care Industry Netcast, where leaders with three or more years in the senior care industry get to share their advice. It’s six questions, or maybe seven, in nine minutes. So, let’s get to it.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

All right. In a few sentences, tell us who you are and what you do.

Daniel Levy:

Well, thanks for having me. I am Daniel Levy. I own and run Advantage Private Home Care here in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m a person who at the age of 20 was introduced to this industry. I had a bad accident, and it set me to a career path and passion serve others for the rest of my career.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Nice. I’m so glad that you chose this career, because we need lots of folks helping everyone from adults to seniors. We’re still in the middle of this coven crisis, but hopefully we’re seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. How have your families caring for, or setting up care for seniors been affected by the COVID crisis?

Daniel Levy:

Well, a lot of precautions. There’s been huge anxiety that is built between families and senior facilities and industries like ours. I think taking the right precautions, it really changed things as far as making sure that the caregivers are definitely following the proper protocols for PPE, for example, making sure that the families are actually in a safe environment too, and just really having a lot more in-depth discussions about how to set that up.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah, absolutely. That leads to our next question, is how would you advise families who currently have loved ones in nursing homes or assisted living facilities?

Daniel Levy:

Well, I think that one, the senior facilities have definitely done the best job they possibly can, it’s such a hard situation. You really have to know the facility that your loved ones in. Then we’ve seen a little bit of everything. We have had patients that have joined a home care service for the interim time, where they have taken their level and out of the facility just for a month or two and they’ve done some home care services, or in some situations we’ve actually even been able to send our caregivers into the facility to give them a little extra one-on-one assistance since they’re limiting family interaction.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

That’s true. Yeah. Lots of limitations. That’s really nice. How does home care differ from long-term care facilities in the delivery of care?

Daniel Levy:

I think the biggest difference is really one-on-one care continuous, hourly. We send caregivers into the home usually for multiple hours at a time. Some get around the clock here and some families just get a six hours a day, a few times a week. So really in the home environment you have the opportunity to really control who’s coming in and out. When they schedule with us, for example, we really focus on having one caregiver and that caregiver be limited to that family. That’s one example of that.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah. That one-on-one care really helps. I’ve seen so many nursing assistants and CNAs and caregivers really take this so seriously that they are limiting their exposure to others in order to be able to work and not make their seniors sick.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

All right. What precautions, and you just mentioned one, are you taking for your certified nursing assistants and the seniors in your care?

Daniel Levy:

As time has gone on, every day we have been focusing on the right precautions, not only for our staff, but even for the families. We’ve had to talk with the families about their limitations and their exposure compared to our caregivers as well. For us, we’ve been very fortunate and blessed that we have had PPE, which is the proper equipment and attire, and we’ve made it mandatory for our staff. So that includes things like face shields, masks, gloves, of course, hand sanitizer. Then obviously the certain protocols of making sure if they, of course, had any symptoms whatsoever that they are notifying us as a company, and we are making those proper precautions to make sure they’re not going into that environment.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Yeah. I think that’s so important staying… Will it be an edit right there? Maddie? All right. I’ll edit that. I’ll edit little dogs bark out there. Okay. You ready? Here we go. Are Advantage Private Health Care’s clients seen by a doctor or nurse, and can they receive PT, physical therapy and occupational therapists at home?

Daniel Levy:

What we do is our company focuses on the private one-on-one care, but a lot of people don’t know that in your home environment, you can still have physicians that come or do virtual calls. We also work with home health and hospice companies and their provider that actually focuses with registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapy. Again, there are a lot of different things that you can add to a service like Advantage Private Home Care, where you’re able to get that type of focus outside with us as well.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

That’s awesome. Having a one-stop shop is really helpful, especially right now. How do you match clients up with the perfect certified nursing assistant caregiver for them?

Daniel Levy:

Well, I appreciate you asking that. I think that’s really one of our favorite things to do. I think when you’re looking at a company that you need to go with, experience as part of it, we’ve had the Advantage Private Home Care that’s been around for 15 years, I’ve been in industry for 20. I think knowing your staff, first of all, is very important.

Daniel Levy:

For companies like us, they’re W2 employees, they are all certified nursing assistants with our company. That’s one side of it, but really getting to know the family and what their needs are and interviewing that family, so if you’re talking to a daughter or son or loved one, really asking the right questions about what type of personality is the client that we’re going to take care of, what did they want, what are their needs? Again, we’ve been blessed to have the experience to typically get it right. We always tell families, “If we send somebody and they’re not a right fit, then simply just let us know. We’ll make sure we do that.” Another thing we do is also sometimes we’re able to set up a meet and greet, and they are able to meet that caregiver ahead of time, and we make some of those decisions before we start.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

That’s great. It’s so important that people feel compatible with the person that’s going to be around them all the time, or at least a few hours a day, often more than even a family member might be. That’s awesome that you guys go to those links to make sure that it’s a good fit.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Well, Daniel, thank you so much for being on the show and for answering these questions. The current crisis that we’re in, a lot of folks have those questions about what does home care do? And we see a lot of positive news about more folks understanding the value of home care in a situation like this. So you don’t have to be afraid. You need to work with the right company with a lot of experience. So thank you.

Daniel Levy:

We appreciate it. Thank you so much for having me.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN:

Thank you, Daniel.