Premier In-Home Care 24/7



When you need help at home keeping family members healthy

Family Owned and Operated

Frequently Asked Questions

Not familiar with In-Home Care? We love sharing the successes and benefits of In-Home Care. Below are some common questions we receive frequently from prospective clients.

First, we visit with you on the phone to find out your needs. We try to determine if in home care is appropriate and if so, how ABRA can help. We then can discuss the cost of services and potential sources of funding. ABRA assesses each situation to help make decisions in the best interests of the client.
If appropriate, we then schedule a visit to your home to meet you and/or the family member that needs assistance. We try to understand what the true needs are. With dementia, a person can often mask the symptoms for 30 to 45 minutes, so it is important we spend time with the person who will receive care. We also like to try and match our caregivers to the needs and personality of the client, so it is important to have some time to get to know them.
Once our visit is complete, we review our available caregivers and refer a caregiver to you. They will typically schedule a “meet and greet” appointment with you so you can meet your new caregiver.

Most in home care is paid with private funds. Medicare and other health insurance does not pay for non-medical care. Medicaid does pay for some in-home care, but Medicare will normally not cover these expenses. Medicaid services are handled through the state.
Long term care (LTC) insurance provides payments for in-home care. LTC insurance is normally purchased 10 years or so before retirement. It typically pays around $100 to $150 a day for in home care services. Many policies have an inflation rider that increase the coverage around 5% per year. We can explain your insurance coverage to you when we visit. We can also help you get this insurance started and then help submitting your expenses for reimbursement.
The VA (Veteran’s Administration) does offer some programs for war veterans, but it can be difficult to qualify. We suggest you contact your Veteran Service Officer at the nearest state Veterans’ Office.

We have about 100 men and women (with an average age of about 50) that have been fully vetted by ABRA and meet state requirements. We are licensed in Oregon as a caregiver registry and therefore abide by state requirements for vetting caregivers. Most of our caregivers have been referred to us by our current caregivers. We do criminal background checks, check for skills, and check professional references for each ABRA caregiver. Most of our caregivers have been with us for years so they have a proven record of accomplishment. Many have Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification or other medical qualifications.

ABRA is a registry for qualified in-home caregivers. Our caregivers are not employees of ABRA; they work for themselves, so they are personally invested in and take pride in the quality your of care. They are independent contractors, but are available to work as an employee for you if there is a long-term need.
ABRA can attract premier caregivers because they receive 30% more compensation than our competitors. ABRA believes that caregivers deserve more than minimum wage. Their job is to care for you and that deserves a living wage.

Yes, we work with you no matter where you are. We can start the assistance at the hospital or rehab facility, if needed. Often there may not be a family member than can advocate for the person in the hospital or rehab facility, so we can fill that role.
In assisted living facilities, there is a limit to the amount of care giving the facility can provide. We can stay with the person 24/7 if needed. We can also travel with a person if they need to make a trip including out of state.

We offer service from 2 hours up to 24 hours per day. Our normal hourly rate of $23.00 to $25.00 applies to shifts over 4 hours. The rate varies as the caregivers set their own rates as independent contractors. They will receive $18 to $20 per hour and our service fee is $5.00 per hour.
Often help is needed in the morning or at the end of the day for a short period. We can offer this if we have caregivers that are close to your home. Prices range from $27 to $30 per hour.
For longer periods of service, we offer a fixed rate for 24 hour shifts with sleep and 12 hour overnight shifts with sleep. We offer a team of caregivers for the 12 and 24 hour shifts to prevent caregiver burnout. The shift work varies in price from $200 to $240/12 hours and $400 to $480/24-hour shift.

The term palliative care typically refers to having health care, typically in-home, to keep you comfortable from pain. A team of medical and non-medical professionals, using various techniques, including drugs, keep the patient as pain free as possible. This might be after a major surgery, accident, or could be as the patient nears the end of life. When a doctor makes a diagnosis that a person has less than six months to live, the patient can transfer to hospice care.
Once a patient transfers to hospice, the full medical care of the person transfers to a hospice company. 100% of the cost is paid for through Medicare/Medicaid. There is a registered nurse assigned to the patient and the caregivers work directly with that nurse. The caregivers provide 24-hour care as the nurse (RN) is only on call as needed. Many of our caregivers find it very rewarding to help a family through that time.

We care for clients with:

  • Dementia including Alzheimer’s
  • Bi-Polar
  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Attack
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
  • Louie Body Dementia
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Paraplegia
  • Parkinson’s
  • Quadriplegia
  • Stroke
  • Need for Palliative Care and Hospice

Privacy Policy of

This Application collects some Personal Data from its Users.
Data Controller and Owner

Abra Cares
Dave Nelson
520 SE Columbia River Dr, Suite 316
Vancouver, WA 98661

Owner contact email: [email protected]
Types of Data collected

Among the types of Personal Data that this Application collects, by itself or through third parties, there are: Cookies, Usage Data, first name, last name, phone number, email address and ZIP/Postal code.

Other Personal Data collected may be described in other sections of this privacy policy or by dedicated explanation text contextually with the Data collection.
The Personal Data may be freely provided by the User, or collected automatically when using this Application.
Any use of Cookies – or of other tracking tools – by this Application or by the owners of third party services used by this Application, unless stated otherwise, serves to identify Users and remember their preferences, for the sole purpose of providing the service required by the User.
Failure to provide certain Personal Data may make it impossible for this Application to provide its services.

Users are responsible for any Personal Data of third parties obtained, published or shared through this Application and confirm that they have the third party’s consent to provide the Data to the Owner.
Mode and place of processing the Data

Methods of processing

The Data Controller processes the Data of Users in a proper manner and shall take appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or unauthorized destruction of the Data.
The Data processing is carried out using computers and/or IT enabled tools, following organizational procedures and modes strictly related to the purposes indicated. In addition to the Data Controller, in some cases, the Data may be accessible to certain types of persons in charge, involved with the operation of the site (administration, sales, marketing, legal, system administration) or external parties (such as third party technical service providers, mail carriers, hosting providers, IT companies, communications agencies) appointed, if necessary, as Data Processors by the Owner. The updated list of these parties may be requested from the Data Controller at any time.


The Data is processed at the Data Controller’s operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved with the processing are located. For further information, please contact the Data Controller.

Retention time

The Data is kept for the time necessary to provide the service requested by the User, or stated by the purposes outlined in this document, and the User can always request that the Data Controller suspend or remove the data.
The use of the collected Data

The Data concerning the User is collected to allow the Owner to provide its services, as well as for the following purposes: Analytics, SPAM protection, Traffic optimization and distribution and Contacting the User.

The Personal Data used for each purpose is outlined in the specific sections of this document.
Detailed information on the processing of Personal Data

Personal Data is collected for the following purposes and using the following services:


Contacting the User

SPAM protection

Traffic optimization and distribution

Additional information about Data collection and processing

Legal action

The User’s Personal Data may be used for legal purposes by the Data Controller, in Court or in the stages leading to possible legal action arising from improper use of this Application or the related services.
The User declares to be aware that the Data Controller may be required to reveal personal data upon request of public authorities.

Additional information about User’s Personal Data

In addition to the information contained in this privacy policy, this Application may provide the User with additional and contextual information concerning particular services or the collection and processing of Personal Data upon request.

System logs and maintenance

For operation and maintenance purposes, this Application and any third party services may collect files that record interaction with this Application (System logs) or use for this purpose other Personal Data (such as IP Address).

Information not contained in this policy

More details concerning the collection or processing of Personal Data may be requested from the Data Controller at any time. Please see the contact information at the beginning of this document.

The rights of Users

Users have the right, at any time, to know whether their Personal Data has been stored and can consult the Data Controller to learn about their contents and origin, to verify their accuracy or to ask for them to be supplemented, cancelled, updated or corrected, or for their transformation into anonymous format or to block any data held in violation of the law, as well as to oppose their treatment for any and all legitimate reasons. Requests should be sent to the Data Controller at the contact information set out above.

This Application does not support “Do Not Track” requests.
To determine whether any of the third party services it uses honor the “Do Not Track” requests, please read their privacy policies.

Changes to this privacy policy

The Data Controller reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy at any time by giving notice to its Users on this page. It is strongly recommended to check this page often, referring to the date of the last modification listed at the bottom. If a User objects to any of the changes to the Policy, the User must cease using this Application and can request that the Data Controller remove the Personal Data. Unless stated otherwise, the then-current privacy policy applies to all Personal Data the Data Controller has about Users.

Information about this privacy policy

The Data Controller is responsible for this privacy policy, prepared starting from the modules provided by Iubenda and hosted on Iubenda’s servers.
Definitions and legal references

Latest update: May 09, 2017