Senior Care Services - In Home Care Help

Senior Care Services - In Home Care help

What types of care services can you access for home care? Numerous opportunities for help with family or friends taking care of a loved one in a home-based environment, from part-time caregivers to professional caregiving or adult healthcare organizations, are available. Knowing what to look for when considering options helps you make more knowledgeable and informed decisions.

Regardless of the type of senior care services you choose, your main focus is to choose services that best suit the needs of your parent or elderly loved one's condition, physical ability and personality.

Senior Care Services

One of the most basic senior care services is home health care. Home healthcare offers help with daily living tasks such as bathing and grooming, or may provide direct, hands-on nursing care for care of wounds, catheters and more physical aspects of medical care. Therapists are also available in a variety of home health care scenarios and include physical, occupational and speech therapy.

You can also find part-time caregivers through professional nursing or home-health care organizations, or through your local newspaper or community flyer. Regardless of the type of individual you're interested in, make sure that they have adequate training and experience in caring for your parent based on their needs.

How do you check into the background of a home health care provider, whether they're an independent contractor or from a professional organization? Ask about their education, experience and up-to-date certification for services provided when hiring from a professional organization. Some part-time caregivers who don't belong to professional organizations may have the experience and know-how, but may or may not be certified to provide such care. In such cases, you'll have to decide if they have what it takes to provider for your loved one.

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When contacting a home health care agency or any other type of service for your parent or loved one, it's a good idea to obtain a background check on that individual, regardless of their experience or credentials. It's better to be safe than sorry. Explain to the potential employee that you require a background check on any individual coming into a home-based environment to care for a loved one. If they balk, you may not want to hire them in the first place.

You might also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure there are no complaints registered with them regarding the service or qualifications of a professional organization. When it comes to hiring a private or independent contractor or part-time caregiver, perform due diligence and request contact information for previous employers.

Finding Home Care Agencies

If you're interested in part-time caregivers through professional organizations, contact Medicare's Home Health Compare Program at Medicare Website

You may also find information regarding such care through your local Area Agency on Aging or the National Association for Home Care and Hospice

When hiring outside of a professional organization, create a list of questions to ask the potential part-time caregiver or companion. For example:

  • Do you have experience taking care of an individual diagnosed with _____?
  • Are you able to physically help Mom or Dad with daily grooming, toileting, or hygiene tasks?
  • Are you comfortable providing such services for my loved one?
  • What hours of the week are you available?
  • Are you available to stay during the evening or overnight when needed?
  • Are you available on weekends or holidays?
  • What do you charge for services?
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Some of the questions you can ask a home health care agency include but are not limited to:

  • What types of services are provided by your agency?
  • What is the cost for each service and are there a minimum number of hours per week allowed for each visit?
  • Is there a minimum daily charge for services, whether the caregiver stays or not?
  • Is the agency certified, which enables them to receive reimbursement by Medicare or Medicaid?
  • Will my parent or loved one be evaluated by the agency to determine need?
  • Is someone available 24 hours a day in case of emergencies?
  • Will the same person see my parent on a daily or weekly basis?
  • Do employees have up-to-date certification in geriatric care, or specialize in special needs elderly, such as those diagnosed with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's?

This is just the tip of the iceberg for considering Senior Care Services. Go with your gut feelings and impressions, and don't be embarrassed to ask questions as well as insist that those questions be answered. After all, this is your parent we're talking about.

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