Cascade Companion Care reopens in Smokey Point
By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Marysville Globe Reporter
November 16, 2011 · 11:17 AM
SMOKEY POINT — Barely more than seven months after opening in downtown Arlington, Cascade Companion Care has reopened in Smokey Point to better serve the community.
“It’s the same great program as before,” said Linda Senn, an Arlington resident and Certified Senior Advisor who opened Cascade Companion Care, LLC, in March of this year on Olympic Avenue with her husband Jon, an occupational therapist. “We now employ 38 caregivers.”
Several years ago, Jon Senn wanted to keep his aging and widowed grandfather at home, even though his grandfather was unable to handle many of the daily chores of living alone.
“Because not much family lived close, my grandfather had to transition to an assisted living facility in order to receive help with his daily care,” said Jon Senn, who added that this scenario has become more and more commonplace for many families living in the Puget Sound region.
These circumstances inspired the Senns to help other families throughout Snohomish County find quality caregivers for their parents when they find themselves in the same situation.
Cascade Companion Care’s new offices, in Suite 304 of the Medallion Hotel at 16710 Smokey Point Blvd., help them better accommodate their dedicated staff, as they coordinate with other agencies throughout the county as part of a comprehensive service plan.
“Independence and the security of knowing that a loved one is safe and cared for are what we provide families,” Linda Senn said. “We evaluate each family’s unique needs and find the proper caregivers.”
The team usually selects about one out of every 20 applicants that meet their criteria as care providers.
“I will not hire someone that I would not feel comfortable placing with my own parents,” Jon Senn said.
Each caregiver has to have the qualities that the Senns deem necessary to provide companionship and daily assistance to the elderly, and must undergo an extensive background check. The caregivers are employees of Cascade Companion Care and the fees charged are designed to be competitive with other area providers.
Jon Senn explained that assessments take into account activities of daily living, such as bathing, meal preparation, transportation to the doctor and stores, and even just companionship.
“Quality time for just talking or reading to a parent can occur when the working adult child doesn’t have to cook, bathe and take the elderly parent to the doctor or other appointments,” Linda Senn said. “This is especially true for working couples with children at home.”
For more information, call 888-390-6068 or 425-361-0044, fax 425-361-0060, or log onto www.CascadeCompanionCare.com.
Contact Marysville Globe Reporter Kirk Boxleitner at email@example.com or 360-659-1300 Ext. 5052.