Families do not think about things such as nursing homes or in-home care for loved ones until a sudden serious injury, or medical condition has occurred. The panic sets in while trying to find someone in a hurry to help care for your loved one. The best thing you can do is not to rush, and make sure to research all your options to find the best care for your loved one.
There are some helpful tips below to finding the perfect in-home care to best meet the needs of your loved one:
- Get Advice And Recommendations
- Your In-Home Care Needs
- Budget Plan
- Finding An In-Home Care Agency
● Research Your Top Choices
- Picking The Final In-Home Care You Want
Get Advice And Recommendations
The best advice you can get is from your family, friends, and doctor. If you have had a sudden illness or been diagnosed with a medical condition, your doctor could recommend in-home care.
Some of your family may already be helping you with your care and assisting you with your house and bills. If they are going to continue helping you, that’s fine, but if you are going to be looking for someone to take over these responsibilities. Let your family help and talk to your new caregiver about your personal hygiene, bills, where cleaning supplies are kept, certain foods you do or do not eat, and where the medical supplies are kept. The advice and tips from your family will help things run smoothly.
Your In-Home Care Needs
After you have talked to your doctors and family about in-home care, now it’s time to make a list a discuss all the things throughout the day that you have assistance with such as:
- Bathing and showering
- Getting dressed
- Help using the restroom
- Getting around your home (Is your home one or two stories? Do you have a walker or wheelchair?)
Talk to your doctor and ask if your Medicare, Medicaid, other health insurance, or long-term disability insurance will help to cover your bills. Knowing this information beforehand will help before you start going and talking to in-home care agencies so that they know how much you can afford to pay for a caregiving assistant.
Finding An In-Home Care Agency
It’s not hard to find an in-home care agency, you can look up online or look in your local phonebook for all the local in-home agencies and their contact information.
Research Your Top Choices
Now that you have been able to look up some of the different in-home care agencies and hopefully have been able to speak with them and get some answers, you should narrow it down to your top 3 in-home care agencies to make the choosing process more comfortable before you decide from which agency you want to hire.
Call or set up a meeting to speak with each of your top 3 choices to ask some final questions so you can compare and contrast them such as:
- Are the caregivers this facility offers new, or do they have any prior experience?
- Do you run background checks and drug test’s on your caregivers?
- Caregivers availability through the week?
- Financial cost and payments?
- Will you provide food for the caregiver or will they bring their own food?
Picking The Final In-Home Care You Want
Now that you have made your final choice considering the budget plan, caregiver experience, and advice from your doctors and family, it’s time to find your perfect caregiver (someone who you’re comfortable with and respects your wants and needs).