Choosing an in home care service is no easy task, and you may find yourself in confusion before long, especially due to the large number of marketed agencies, some of which have very good reviews, while others can provide exceptional care for anyone from bedridden seniors to people with small handicaps.
So what should you really choose, and who can provide you or your loved one with the care and attention required? To make the best decision, it’s important to know exactly what you are looking for and what options there are available.
What to Look for
Before shopping for an in home care service, find out exactly what you or the person you need the service for, may need. Are you immobilized, is Alzheimer’s involved? Maybe you simply need someone to help you with basic chores and tasks like cleaning or cooking, since you can’t stand up, perform too many tasks or lift too much at once.
Also, consider how many hours of assistance you might need. Many home care services offer flexible packages, and you can even get nighttime support or 24/7 assistance, if you need it.
Basic Care Options and Specialized Services
All in home care services offer basic care packages. These normally include simple household and care tasks, and you should seek them out if you don’t necessarily need medical assistance, but you might need help walking, or performing basic work around the house.
Specialized care is also given mainly by nurses or nursing care specialists that have a license to provide medical aid, aside from their in home care qualifications. If you have need help with an elderly adult, you might want to look for an elder care specialist. You should look for a service that provides these benefits if you or the person you’re trying to help is suffering from a condition like Alzheimer’s, diabetes or heart disease.
Whether you’re looking for a specialized service offering nurse care, or a basic in home care service provided at a more affordable cost, always make sure to check for two important considerations:
- Quality of care – showed by the way the company trains its employees and whether or not they have an appropriate license and insurance policy;
- Qualifications of the company – each in home care service needs to have a state license, while also being insured by Medicare and providing at least some basic information about the way their employees are screened, prior to being hired.
Risks and Abuse
When looking for a good in home care service, it’s important to look up reviews of the service, as well as check out whether or not the company uses good screening techniques when hiring their employees to avoid issues regarding abuse or negligence.
It’s important to be extra careful about these problems, especially since in home caretakers often work without supervision, and the only people who can really give you an idea about their honesty or lack of good behavior, are those who used to be their clients.
Finally, don’t be discouraged if you’ve had a bad experience with this type of service in the past. There are many caring and compassionate people out there wanting to help those in need and make a difference. The only real requirement for finding them is to get as much information as you can, and use both your instinct and discernment to make the best choice.