VERO BEACH - Champion Home Health Care heads into 2021 having won Hometown News’ Readers Choice Award for four consecutive years.

Champion was also recently selected as a winner of the prestigious Caring Star Award. That award was based on positive feedback and reviews received from current clients and their families.

“Congratulations to Champion Home Health Care for being among these highly-rated agencies achieving such significant praise from their customers in online reviews,” said CEO Jim Rosenthal. “They stand out as among the best in the nation.”

Champion Home Health Care provides caregivers who take responsibility for the day-to-day care of their clients. Activities they perform include medication reminders, feeding, skin and oral care, preparing meals, light housekeeping, laundry, bathing, dressing, transferring, ambulation, shopping, and transportation. All caregivers follow CDC guidelines, and are provided with personal protective equipment to keep client and caregiver COVID-free.

"Champion consistently winning the Hometown News Best Home Health Care Provider Award, and the recent Caring Star Award, shows our Champion Team dedication, hard work, passion for our senior community, and demonstrates our consistent quality of care and client satisfaction for the service we provide," said Champion Home Health Care owner Tom Michaels.

Champion caregivers require no minimum hourly commitment. Families select just the time they need. Services can be provided as often or little as needed. Around-the-clock care is available for those who need to have a trained caregiver with them at all times.

“We are a comprehensive home health agency providing home health services to residents of both Indian River and St. Lucie Counties,” said Mr. Michaels. “We have over 100 certified home health aides and certified nursing assistants who are carefully selected, and they are all drug tested and screened through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They are also all bonded and insured both personally and through the agency.”

Champion can send a nurse to your home to fulfill any skilled needs that you may have. Their nurses work closely with your doctor to provide continuity of care, including wound care, infusions, pre-operative care, post-operative care, surgery recovery, blood pressure monitoring, and diabetes monitoring.

Champion also has Alzheimer’s and dementia specialists, and they can provide hospice support.

“At Champion Home Health Care, we are in the business of making sure that you or your loved one can live happily at home as long as you wish,” said Champion’s other owner, Tom’s wife Anne Michaels. “We understand that you have a desire to be at home with your family, friends and belongings, and know that you don’t ever want to lose that.”

The services of a home health caregiver can help veterans remain living in their own home. Veterans who are eligible for VA benefits may be eligible to receive additional funding to help pay for home care. Champion will assist veterans and their families in applying for such benefits, which could result in care funded 100% by the government, at no cost to the veteran.

Tom and Anne Michaels understand how much we all dislike dealing with insurance companies. So one of their staff, Client Services Manager Kathy Hirsch, steps in and handles virtually all interaction with insurance companies.

Ms. Hirsch works closely with the insurance companies, making sure they will pay for everything the client is entitled to. She is an expert in long term care insurance and VA benefits. She makes sure the client doesn’t have to pay for things out of pocket that should be covered by the insurance company.

“Our team is dedicated to taking care of you just like we would our own family,” said Champion’s Director of Nursing, Mary Gates RN. “We are committed to finding the perfect caregiver to suit your needs and personality. We want you to be happy, healthy, safe and comfortable, in your own home.”

“Working in home health care is different than working in any other profession,” said Tiffaney Knowles, Champion’s scheduler. “There’s a person in need of assistance. They’re depending on us, and need us for things like getting out of bed in the morning, using the toilet and shower, cooking a meal. We cannot miss a shift that we’re scheduled to make with a client. We guarantee that, because people are depending on us, we can’t leave them without that assistance.”

“Many of our clients have children in a different state, and they are entrusting us to take care of their parents. We guarantee that we will perform those services that we say we will do.”

“We pride ourselves on timeliness, punctuality, and trustworthiness between our clients and caregivers,” added Champion’s Alternate Director of Nursing Diane Vocia RN.

This year is the 28th anniversary of Champion Home Health Care, which started in Boca Raton in 1993. Tom and Anne Michaels have run the Vero Beach office for 16 years.

Champion Home Health Care is located at 840 19th St., Vero Beach. The office serves all of Indian River and St. Lucie counties. For more information, call (772) 257-0442, visit, or email You can also fill out a very brief form on their website to schedule a consultation with one of their nurses.

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