You or a loved one are facing an unplanned surgery or have been in an accident. Suddenly finding the right home care becomes urgent. Did you know Advanced Health Care has a real person available to answer your questions at any hour of the day or night? You both want the same outcome – allowing loved ones to remain safe and comfortable in their own homes.

The foresight and determination of founders Ron and Pat Bode created a business that would address home care needs for people in Thurston and Pierce County. Advanced Health Care has been serving others for over 30 years, significantly expanding the scope in expertise and area.

Advanced Health Quartet of Owners
The closely held family business includes founder/owner Rod Bode; Julie Ferguson, administrator; and in the front row Bode’s daughters, Sharla Bode, V.P. of Clinical Operations; Lynessa Bode Stone, V.P. of Marketing and Recruiting. Photo courtesy: Advanced Health Care

The desire for competent, compassionate homecare continues to increase as the largest generation ages, and Advanced Health Care has proven to be innovative in meeting this expansive array of needs. A registered nurse (RN) not only oversees each client’s care, but also visits once per month. Duties are provided by a team of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or by registered nursing assistants (RNAs). Nurses – both LPNs and RNs – are available to manage more complex medical situations such as bowel and bladder care, medication management or IV infusions. Advanced Health Care works closely with the physicians and families. Generally, services take place within the home, but are also offered at skilled nursing or assisted living facilities or even at the hospital.

All personal care services will be tailored to fit your short- or long-term needs. Outpatient procedures usually require that someone accompany the patient for safety and provide transportation. Advanced Health Care will get you to your appointment on time, stay during the visit and then get you safely back home. Maybe your grandfather needs help with personal hygiene or would like someone to take him out for a movie or other errands. AHC will make the arrangements.

Clients’ needs shift, often unexpectedly, and Advanced Health Care knows this. Sometimes more care is suddenly needed, and that’s no problem. Additional services like meal preparation, linen exchange or mobility assistance can be added. Specialty services for end of life or dementia care are also in their repertoire. The agency provides services for people of all ages including infants and adolescents. They also serve those with developmental or other disabilities.

Advanced Health Care Administration
The administrative staff of Advanced Health Care is ready to meet your varied home care needs. Photo courtesy: Advanced Health Care

Clients from across the South Sound area are served by the large team from Advanced Health Care. Offices in Olympia and Tacoma coordinate to serve people living in Thurston, Pierce, South King, and parts of Kitsap and Grays Harbor counties. Advances in technology allow providers to clock in by using the client’s phone to call a toll-free number. This means that checking in at an office is not required, allowing the possibility for clients and care providers to be matched up geographically. Prospective clients are interviewed in order to fully understand the specific desires and needs. Then the appropriate provider or team of providers is arranged. “Some people are in crisis right now,” Julie Ferguson, administrator, said. Care is set up in an expedient manner, usually within 24 to 48 hours. The Bodes’ daughters, Lynessa Bode Stone, VP marketing and recruiting, and Sharla Bode, VP of clinical operations, are part of management since Pat’s passing two years ago and as Ron steps back.

Ownership of the company is shared with Ferguson, who is pleased to be part of the team, too. As the company’s administrator for over 20 years, she is excited to be a part of this family business and actively provides overall supervision and support to its many aspects.

Advanced Health Care Ribbon Cutting
The ribbon cutting celebrated the new and remodeled Olympia office. Lynessa Stone, Rhonda Lear, Administrator of Procare, Julie Ferguson, and Debra Jones RN
Photo credit: Advanced Health Care

Five years ago, Advanced Health Care achieved a notable step by opening the Procare Academy of Washington, a school they operate within their Olympia and Tacoma offices. Those interested in attaining the CNA designation have classroom and practicum space to learn the necessary skills. This provides a valuable service at several levels. People attain a readily employable skill that is needed in our community. CNAs, the backbone of the health care industry, are needed at all hours of the day and night and on all days of the week. This creates great scheduling flexibility, which can be essential for students, people with other jobs or those with tight schedules. Full-time work is also available. Classes, requirements and final testing takes about a month. Check out the website for more class information and registration.

The Advanced Health Care family is proud to be involved in the greater home care industry. Home Care Association of America and Washington Home Care Association are two of the groups where they participate. “We listen to the need,” emphasized Stone. “We are the best kept secret,” she smiles, meaning that even after many years in the business, people are still learning about their services. Word is getting out.

It is a delicate endeavor to find the right care for yourself or for a dear one, but the compassionate people at Advanced Health Care are ready to help.

For information please visit the Advanced Heath Care website or call 1-800-690-3330.