You might already be sure that your aging loved one needs some extra help around their home. If you also know that you and your family members can’t handle the load, it might be time to look into senior home care options. Where can you find the senior home care they need? Here are a few tips to help you wade through the many options.
Assess Your Senior Home Care Situation
Before you start looking at caregivers, you want to figure out what your family needs. What will the job entail and what are your expectations for senior home care? Be as specific as possible. Jot down what you need for your loved one and write down the important tasks. You need to think about how often you’ll need a caregiver and when. Think about whether or not the time frame will change anytime soon. Will your loved one likely need more help as time goes by? Consider the duties the caregiver will have and whether or not your loved one needs any specialized care, like for dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Research The Candidates
Once you know what you need for senior home care, you can start to look into companies and individuals that provide those services. You can rule out anyone who does not provide what you need and once you have a short list, look into their background for certain levels of experience and training in the most important areas. They may need to have the physical capability of bathing or transferring your loved one in and out of bed, for example.
Interview Caregiver Options
You know that the caregiver you choose will be spending a lot of time with your loved one and you want to ensure that it will be a good fit. Sit down with them, face-to-face, and ask them about their past experience and how they will perform the duties for your loved one. You might even want them to meet your loved one to see how they interact with them before you make a final decision.
Consider An Agency
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of background checks and multiple interviews, you might consider hiring an agency instead. The professionals at Agility Health, for example, have a team in place that you can trust. They can help you with senior home care, rehabilitation care, and many other things. The services are all customizable and you get to benefit from their years of experience. It helps to have an agency behind your senior home care because if anything goes wrong with your caregiver (like if they get sick and cannot help your loved one for a few days), the agency will have someone else lined up to help instead. Contact Agility Health for a free, no-pressure consultation. Let us know what services interest you and we’ll make our recommendations based on your specific situation. Together, we’ll ensure your loved one gets the senior home care they need.