It happens every day to families everywhere: having the conversation about how to help a loved one who can’t take care of themselves any longer. The conversation doesn’t have to be hard if you’re speaking from a place of understanding and compassion with your family member’s best interests in mind. What’s important is making sure your member’s care is one that makes them feel comfortable, safe, and independent. Therefore, offering the solution of home care is essential. The right home care provider can help you make the choice that makes them feel all of the above.
We put together a list of things you should look for as mile markers to make sure your loved one gets the best care possible.
Always start with recommendations
Talk to your medical providers, family, friends, and get their input on the situation, but also ask if they know of anyone who provides the care you’re looking for, as well as their experiences, both good and bad. By doing so, their feedback provides a starting point.
Plot out what your loved one’s needs are
Put pen to paper and assess what home healthcare needs to look like. What do they need from a home care agency? Once you look at possible solutions, look at what they provide and see if the two align.
There are two main care groups, and skilled nursing care is one of these.
This is medical care and assistance that medical professionals prescribe. Typically, this is suggested for anyone with underlying health conditions that need specific medical attention, like recovering from an operation or that have serious injuries.
The other group is non-medical support, which comes from a Care Professional or a Certified Nursing Assistant, where professional aids a person through their daily life. This works best with tasks that the family is too busy for, things like mobility, household work, or general living needs.
Perform a thorough background check
Entrusting someone to come into your loved one’s home isn’t turnkey. You need to check to make sure the business is reputable. You need to check your work history, ensure specific regulations are followed with certifications, and they’re up to date with all paperwork. If they’re missing any form of paperwork, ask them to provide it. Caregivers need to be ready to help and professionally suited for their duties.
If you’re curious, ask the agency for a background check on anyone who’s working in the house. This will give you peace of mind when you’re not around. If something doesn’t check out, find a different agency. There is no price point worth a questionable incident.
Deep dive into services offered
What are you looking for exactly? Can the companies you’re looking at address those points? Some services include feedings, assessments, and administering of medication, but they might cover other matters. It would help if you looked at the available level of care, whether it’s both skilled and non-professional nursing care. If you’re unsure, always ask. Never assume.
What kind of home care availability do you need?
It would be best if you gauged caregiver availability. This is an important detail when looking for the right home care company for your needs. Some people don’t feel comfortable with a revolving door of caregivers and would instead build long-standing relationships, so ask the home care agency about schedules. Check about backup caregivers. Who are they, do they meet your requirements? Know who will constantly be watching your loved ones.
Think about your home care budget
Check out the rates of services. You don’t want to sign up for the Rolls Royce caregiving with a used Honda Accord budget. Check to see what costs will look like and if you can afford it. Often most home care is covered by insurance, but you need to know what’s offered before taking on a bill that could put the family or the loved one into debt.
Satisfaction does matter
If the home care provider isn’t living up to your expectations, say something. This is about the care of someone you love, and that’s the bottom line. You want them to receive the best care and service available. When choosing home care, use the fine-toothed comb. This is an important choice that needs to be taken seriously. The health and happiness of your loved one are critical.