At some point in time, you and your family may call in additional support for the senior members of your family. When looking at in-home care options, it’s essential to feel safe, comfortable, and independent.
The right home care provider will give you and your loved ones all the aspects of home, companion, and, if necessary, nurse care.
Here, we will discuss what is essential when choosing the right home care agency to ensure your loved ones feel safe and maintains their dignity and independence.
You should talk to your doctor, family, and friends to learn what is helpful for your loved one who may need additional support. The conversation should include your needs and their needs.
Also, it’s essential to ask for recommendations as a starting point regarding which provider to check out first. After assessing the advice, you will understand better what you need from a home care provider and see what they offer.
What kind of care are you looking for in the home?
There are two areas for consideration.
Skilled nursing care may be necessary for medical care and assistance that doctors prescribe. Nursing care would be helpful for health conditions needing medical attention and people recovering from an operation or other injuries.
The other area is non-medical caregiver support from a home support Care Professional (PSW) or a Certified Nursing Assistant aiding a person throughout their day-to-day life. They help with tasks that your family cannot assist with, such as mobility, personal care or some of the household work and companion care.
Background Check & Staff Qualifications
Safety is huge for our loved ones; knowing who is entering your home with proper screening completed is essential. You then have peace of mind with those you entrust to watch over your loved ones. Working with a reputable home care provider helps you get the right caregivers to provide healthcare.
Following are some questions to ask providers to help you choose what is best for your needs.
- How long has this provider been available in the community?
- Does this provider supply literature to explain its services, eligibility requirements, fees, and funding sources?
- How are employees selected and trained?
- Are nurses required to evaluate the patient’s home care needs and consult the patient’s physicians and family members?
- Does this provider include the patient and their family members in developing the care plan?
- Is the patient’s treatment detailed for the professional caregiver? Does a copy of the plan go to the family, and do the caregivers update it as changes occur?
- Does this provider have supervisors to oversee the quality of care in their homes? How often do these individuals make visits? How does the provider resolve any problems?
- Are written statements provided explaining home care costs and plan options?
- Does this provider offer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
In addition, ask the home care provider to supply you with a list of references, such as doctors, discharge planners, patients or their family members, and community leaders who are familiar with the provider’s quality of service.