Is it Time to Contact Caregiver Agencies?
It wasn't too long after my aging father was diagnosed with the early stages of vascular dementia that I realized Mom would soon be overwhelmed with providing guidance, oversight, and help for him. The same went for me as I work and have a home and family of my own.
There's only so much time that I could be available at home, and I worried about Mom having to pick up the slack, so to speak. At that time, I decided it was a good idea to start looking into some caregiver agencies in my community.
You’ve surely seen numerous ads on television regarding some nationally known caregiver agency brands, and you can also find a variety of listings for caregiver agencies on the Internet. However, how do you choose one over the other? As someone who recently went through the process, I'll provide a few suggestions:
I found that you have to do more than talk to caregiver agencies over the phone. Most will schedule a free consultation at your convenience so that you can get to know each other.
I asked questions that were of great concern to me and some I thought Mother might have.
For example, how much does it cost per hour? What kind of services are provided? Are services catered to the needs of my elderly loved one? Not everyone is going to have the same concerns or questions. Regardless, I felt comfortable that the answers I received provided me with most of the solutions I was concerned with.
Determine how payments are made. Are services covered by Medicare, or will they take third-party insurance, private pay, or government assistance? Mom and Dad did not save much and have the house paid off but not much else...I probably will be picking up the slack.
These are just a few of the initial questions I had when approaching caregiver agencies. I not only relied on their answers, but my "gut" feeling about the people. I knew we needed help. However, take your time and perform due diligence when researching caregiver agencies to ensure that the help you get is the help you need.
Thought I would throw in my two cents on this experience.