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Topic: Seattle surgery - in need of caregiver

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 01:58PM

farmgirl888 wrote:

Has anyone travelling solo had to find a "caregiver" so they could get sprung from the hospital after outpatient surgery?

Surgery @ Swedish. Any ideas how to find someone to help for a few hours?

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Sep 12, 2021 02:07PM Racheldog wrote:

Caregivers! OMG, the biggest challenge for those of us living alone with breast cancer. During this journey I have been fortunate to have a family member come here and there but I cannot and do not rely on this as the years go by.

I have found that agencies right now, especially in the Covid crisis, are MILKING clients of hideous amounts of money and most likely keeping most of the overhead. I have searched and searched and searched and I live in a major metropolitan area. Most of their hires are not trained or screened well IMO. Since there is such a shortage of caregivers they seem to get away with hiring anyone. Other non-agency start ups are overseeing poor women who have little training but need jobs and they are putting them into homes, charging less , of course. Don't even get me started on the Covid vaccine requirements.

It is a dilemma, hope you found help.

Dx 9/2020, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Chemotherapy Other Surgery Lumpectomy: Left
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Sep 12, 2021 02:12PM - edited Sep 12, 2021 02:26PM by farmgirl888

For my surgery it's more of a formality, they won't let me transport back to my hotel about 3 minutes away by myself. And yes I do agree they are milking people because of Covid. :(

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Sep 12, 2021 05:07PM - edited Sep 12, 2021 06:09PM by ThreeTree

Farmgirl - If you cannot find another solution other than a paid caregiver for that ride, contact Family Resource Home Care in Seattle. The address is 10700 Meridian Ave. N., #401, Seattle. Phone: 206-545-1092.

I work in an area that sometimes requires the services of home health and this agency is highly favored by many groups and organizations I work with. They are considered one of the best. Most of those home care/caregiver places charge a 2 - 4 hour minimum, however, to make it worth their caregiver's time. I have had nothing but good experiences with Family Resource for a number of years. Haven't had the opportunity to work with them for the last 2 or 3 years, so if Covid has changed things at all, I don't know about it.

Good luck!

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