Services and Offerings
Companion Care Services:
While Utopia positions itself as a provider of higher-level services, its caregivers also provide services that fall under the heading of companion care, including housekeeping, medication reminders, meal preparation, and other everyday activities that can improve a senior’s quality of life. In addition, select locations (mostly in the northeast) provide dedicated homemaker services, though the availability of such services may increase as the company brings more franchises on board.
Utopia focuses on help with the activities of daily living, and staffs its locations with personal care aides who can help with many of these more involved types of assistance. These personal care aides help with hygiene, toileting, assistance getting in and out of bed and other essential functions.
Home Health Assistance:
Not every home care organization provides the types of services usually provided by home health aides, but Utopia does. In addition to companion and personal care, home health aides can assist with range of motion exercises to help with recovery and maintenance of function, change dressings as needed after an injury or operation. Utopia also offers services by certified nurse assistants, whose duties mostly overlap with home health aides.
Relatively few home care agencies provide skilled nursing services, but Utopia does (though only at selected locations). At the same time, Utopia locations also employ registered nurses as supervisors of the services provided by lower-level caregivers.
True physical, occupational, and speech therapy is usually provided by certified therapists on the orders of a healthcare provider. Utopia does provide such services at select locations, and it also employs therapy assistants who can work under the direction of physical therapists to extend to the home the care a senior receives in the hospital or clinic.
Word on the Street
Consumer Reviews Rating 4/5
In our reviews of home care agencies, we look at a company’s track record in online reviews, but there were a few ways in which Utopia’s reviews differed from most companies’. As noted, Utopia stands out because its locations are mostly owned by the central company. In addition, Utopia also stands out for its focus on higher-level care, including skilled nursing, which means that Utopia offers more challenging services than some of its competitors, and very likely deals with a population dealing with more severe health problems. Finally, it should be noted that the company has a fairly limited number of locations, meaning that online reviews were relatively hard to find, and many of the reviews involved a smaller than usual sample of locations.
That said, the company has one of the least favorable track records of reviews among online rating sites of all the companies we surveyed, with customers giving the company a weighted average rating of 2.6 out of 5 stars, and with the following trends noted among the reviews we collected:
Caregiver issues: Again, the issues people noted with their caregivers may be related to the fact that Utopia provides higher-level care than many of its competitors in the home care industry. Reviewers tended to be in worse health, and their care tended to demand more in the way of services from caregivers. There were no complaints about caregivers’ compassion or desire to provide care, but many reviewers felt that they had been let down by their caregivers’ lack of preparation to provide the services the clients needed.
Administration: A few reviewers praised Utopia for its customer service and felt that their local offices were great to work with. A few others, however, felt that their local offices were uncommunicative and unresponsive to their needs or complaints.
Trust and dependability: Quite a few reviewers had reservations about Utopia’s reliability, and while issues with scheduling or no-shows are a common problem throughout the home care industry, such issues seemed to get mentioned more frequently among reviews of Utopia.