There are certainly concerns that family members have when they decide to hire home care services to support their loved one. Some of the concerns that people have are related more to the quality or cost of the care. Other concerns are about how their loved one will respond to the particular in home care provider.
Before we talk about these issues, let’s talk about something just as important: who gets to make this kind of decision. You may be worried about your aging mother or father or some other family member. You may have seen that he or she is truly having trouble tending to his or her needs at home. You may have rushed over to their house in the middle of the night to help them.
You may be positive that it’s time to take charge and care for them. However, it’s still not your decision. Unless your loved one is unconscious, or unless you have wrested legal control of their health and life from them, the decision whether to hire home care services or not is theirs.
That being said, what are two common and critical concerns that family members have when they help their elderly loved one find home care services?
Safety. Safety is one of the most significant issues that family members have. They want their loved one to be safe and they want to be sure that the in home care provider is honest, experienced, and reliable. The more information you gather about the agency or the caregiver, the more likely you’ll help your elderly loved one make the right decision about who to hire.
Reliability. Second, you want to know that the person you hire is actually going to show up when they are scheduled to. If you don’t have someone who is reliable, then this could put your loved one at risk.
How can you tell if someone is reliable? Check out their history of work. Contact their references. Talk to the agency about this caregiver and what kind of provisions they have in place to handle a situation where an in home care provider is not reliable, doesn’t show up on time, leaves early, or misses scheduled days.
As you can see, the more you research a particular caregiver or agency, the more confident you’ll be that you help your loved one find the right home care services for their needs.
If you have an aging loved one who needs professional elderly care, or are considering home care services for yourself call Harmony Home Health and talk to our care staff. They will be attentive to your situation, and provide clear and immediate options to help you deal with the difficulties you face. Harmony Home Health provides services for the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties including: Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay, Roseville, Cameron Park, Placerville and surrounding areas. For more information and a FREE assessment CALL (916) 414-9100.