I’ve read so many good and bad things about home care, such as recent posts like:
Home Care Helping to Reduce Readmission Rates for Hospitalization
9 Reasons to Care for Aging Parents at Home
Boston Area Home Care Agency Cuts Most Staff Amid Fraud Investigation
Charges Filed in a Case Involving Murder by a Home Health Care Aide
Just like most things in life, there are positives and negatives in any situation; and this is true in home care. As a professional in the senior living industry, it is my job to make seniors and their families aware of these things and help them make an informed decision. The US News & World Report recently published a great article entitled 5 Steps to Selecting a Personal Care Aide for Mom and Dad. Which features great advice on how you and your family can get started in making an informed decision!
What level of care do you need?
One of the first steps in making an informed decision about anything is research. You’ve made the first step in deciding which type of care is needed, now it is your job to find home care agencies in your area. Click to find all licensed care providers. After finding some options, call or schedule a visit to interview the potential provider. Most agencies also offer an in-home evaluation free of charge.
Trust your instincts
You’ve done your homework before hiring any caregivers, but don’t let your guard down after that. You must make sure that anyone coming in the home is not taking advantage of the situation. There are wonderful caregivers out there that only have the best intentions, but there are also people just working for an hourly wage and companies looking for more. If something sounds “off” or feels “off”, do some investigating of your own, talk to a local ombudsman and remember that you are not “stuck” in a situation. There are always other options, no matter what “they” tell you. On the flip side, if you find a wonderful provider &/or caregiver, show your appreciation & let them & others know. Word of mouth is a powerful tool!