Days are fairly routine and yet not. While you are offered work based on your past/current performance, you are rarely offered a full 40 hours of work
In Home Caregiver (Current Employee), Schaumburg, IL – November 5, 2014
Pros: friendly office staff, time off whenever needed
Cons: no regular hours, no health insurance, underpaid for what i do, small pay increases that are rare
I would give Brightstar Healthcare 3 stars. While I enjoy working with the people I am assigned there are limitations. The idea of home healthcare services like I am able to provide to the individual client is great. The amount of regular work that the company is able to offer me is not so great. There is no chance for advancement because I am considered – more... a contractor and not a full time employee. For this reason, also, I am offered no benefits. I have to rely on myself to make sure I have enough to live on a daily basis. To get back to the positive, the company has offered me the chance to have met and worked with people that has taught me how to be the best CNA that I can be, but I want to be able to work in a somewhat regular hourly situation so that I can afford to better help myself based on what I do for a living. – less
Branch Manager (Former Employee), Lafayette, CA – November 3, 2014
I worked a full 40 + hours per week and was on-call 24-7 for this company, but was not compensated correctly for working overtime. I was with this company for over 2 years and I went out on maternity leave due to a problematic pregnancy but continued to stay in contact with my employer, only to discover that he had terminated my employment without my – more... knowledge. Once I confronted this employer about it he offered me a position back. But having to deal with my medical benefits being cut due to him terminating me without my knowledge I chose not to go back and work for him. – less
Great Manager. Works with employees to place them in the right environment.
Private Caregiver (Current Employee), Bristol, Tn – August 10, 2014
This is a nice family owned business to work for. They work with their employees schedules to make it possible for the employees to work and have a family life. I highly recommend them as an employer for those working in care giving.
Productive and fun workplace with opportunities to improve skills and knowledge.
Registered Nurse (Current Employee), Mill Valley, CA – June 28, 2014
Pros: learning new skills, professionalism, quality care
Cons: distance from home, long commute
A typical day at work involves providing one-on-one health care to clients in their private home environment and maintain interdisciplinary communication. I learned wound care and treatment management skills with a variety of geriatric clients. I also learned to provide effective Foley care and sympathetic hospice care. I managed clients' medications – more... and nursing care plans. I worked closely with my co-workers in order to achieve continuity of care for all clients, even though we work independently per shift. The hardest part of the job was the emotional involvement and investment with my clients and their families when clients passed away since I provided long-term care. However, I still enjoy the relationships I developed with the clients and their families. – less
Care Giver (Former Employee), roseville,ca – March 21, 2014
Pros: great clients.
Cons: bad boss's, and bad "rules" that can change how long or short your hair is
Most of the clients were awesome. I cared for the people i helped. the bad thing about this company is the people behind the desks..... i had to chop all my hair off to keep up with the " hair off the neck" rule for them to fire me 2 weeks later, and im NOT a short haired kind of girl. then they set me up to be fired telling me i had no clients then – more... the next day saying im late for work, and fired me for it. when i was never late for this job, never called off or missed a day of work, many times i came in on last minuet calls all through the night. – less
Certified Nursing Assistant/ Home Health Aide (Former Employee), Overland Park, KS – March 11, 2014
Pros: working with different types of clients w/different needs
Cons: working in different cities in ks & mo but not being compensated for mileage
I enjoyed BrightStar because they allow their employees to assist the clients in a lot of different areas, from childcare to 24 hour home healthcare. I learned that not every client will need or expect the same things and that it is always a plus to let the client know that you are there to help them, not take over there home.
One fact that I personally – more... enjoyed about the management was that they weren't afraid to let the client(s) know that they would be expected to help the aide help them, especially if the client only needed assistance with rehabilitation..
The most difficult thing I encountered with BrightStar is getting some clients to realize that they can still do most of their daily activities themselves and after they come to that realization their self confidence level goes way up! That always has and always will make me feel good! – less
Caregiver (Current Employee), Roseville, CA – February 27, 2014
Management is very frequently confused and do not check your schedule before asking if you can work thus double booking or declining to give you jobs before even checking with you. Communication leaves much to be desired. You have to pester them for work. Way too many employees and not enough work. There is not any room for advancement and there are – more... no included benefits. can go months without work or work way too much. feast or famine with hours. Coworkers are often unprofessional. – less
Licensed Practical Nurse (Current Employee), Cedar Knolls, NJ – February 25, 2014
My work schedule is comprised mainly of providing home healthcare to patients. The interesting aspect of this job is that duties vary according to the specific patient. I work independently in the field so there's very little interaction with my co-workers with the exception of the office staff. On occasion, Wellness Clinics provides us the opportunity – more... to work with our co-workers. I find this to be very enjoyable. The downside to this job is ending a case due to different circumstances after a bond has been formed with patient and or family. – less
Medical Assistant (Current Employee), Centerville, OH – February 19, 2014
Pros: work at your own pace
Cons: no job security
*assist patient w/ daily task such as the following *shower *clean and/cook *run errands *assist w/ meds & injections *take to and from appointments and personal task *If it's a skilled patient then i will have to give the bath or shower assist w/ dressing, comb hair if male shave them cook clean and assist feeding when needed and do personal runs for – more... them as well, *take vitals – less