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What Makes In-Home Caregivers Assisting Seniors in Need Valuable?

Jul 2, 2018 by Michele Berman


Being thrust into an unexpected situation causes stress, as the overwhelming confusion and emotions tend to swirl and complicate the situation. Such is the case when suddenly faced with the dilemma of choosing a caregiver for your loved one. With so many options and so many concerns, it can be difficult to see the forest from the trees.


As with anything, this process is much more approachable when sliced into workable chunks, or steps, to be accomplished one at a time. That is why we have created this brief guide to help you with selecting the right in-home caregiver for the person that you love so much.


Step 1: Determine Your Loved One's Needs


Before doing anything else, the most critical step is to take inventory of what your loved one enjoys doing, what they need help accomplishing, and what safety measures must be put in place, to keep them out of harm's way.


By making such a list, you can start to see where the needs are, which will help in deciding what kind of care is best.


Step 2: Select Good Providers from Which to Choose


Likely, if you are reading this step-by-step approach to choosing a caregiver, this is the first time you've been in this situation, and therefore are not the slightest bit familiar with what options even exist for home care aid in a location that will work for both you and your loved one.


You can start by consulting your local Agency for the Aging. If you don't know where to find that, click this link to reach the Eldercare Locator, which is a comprehensive list of care providers that can be whittled down to those in the geographic area in which you are in need.


You should then narrow your search to three home care agencies, all of which can provide for everything on the list of needs that you created in Step 1. This will make the rest of the process a lot less strenuous on your end.


Step 3: With a List of Questions, Reach Out to Each Home Care Agency on Your  Short List


You want to be prepared with a list of questions ahead of time before you call each of the agencies. Be sure to ask the same questions of each establishment, to ensure that you can adequately compare the options.


Your list should include, but not be limited to inquiries about:

  1. Certifications and licenses
  2. Insurance
  3. Background checks
  4. Care plans
  5. Options for future adjustments to the plan
  6. References from doctors, social workers, and hospitals
  7. Experience with your loved one's specific needs
  8. Selection process and qualifications of caregivers
  9. Backup options
  10. Feelings about working with the disabled or those with Dementia
  11. Meal preparation experience
  12. Respite care
  13. Communication with the family/method and frequency


Step 4: Discussing the Cost of Care


Once you have put your options in order of preference, it will be essential to discuss the provider's cost for a home care nurse and/or in-home caregivers. You will want to know what kinds of insurance and benefits they will accept, how frequently you will be billed, and what extraneous charges might exist in addition to what is discussed.


Comfort Keepers of Langhorne


Caring for a senior loved one who has specific needs or disabilities can be a challenge, and the assistance of in-home caregivers can provide powerful support that you need and appreciate.


For the highest quality care available, be sure to contact Comfort Keepers of Langhorne on the website, or call (215) 515-9166 for more information about our dedicated and experienced caregivers, and the options that exist to for keeping your loved one safe, active and engaged, while giving you peace of mind.


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