For senior adults, home is the perfect place to grow old in. It’s a familiar place full of memories and comfort, and they’re acquainted enough with the environment to cope with good and bad days. Home becomes an intrinsic part of one’s personality, and the more years a person spends in a house, the more attached they grow to that place.
There is no doubt that many senior adults prefer in-home care agencies to provide them assistance. Wanting some extra help to maintain physical well-being and good mental health is only natural. And while your family and friends may be very supportive, they may not be able to assist the way a professional caregiver is capable of giving.
For finding a proper caregiver, you must consider some factors first. It’s not just practical purposes and monetary value that makes for the right caregiver. There is also trust, accountability, reliability, and loyalty to consider. But don’t worry if you are lost about how to start this work. This article has been written specifically to help you out with the daunting task of finding the right in-home caregiving agency.
Talk To The People Who Know You
Talking to your doctor, friends, and family can help you get a better insight into the help you require. This tops the list as the first step in the process because an honest conversation with them can help you find the assistance and personalized care perfectly suited to your needs. By talking to the doctor, you’ll find out how to proceed with asking for long-term care, since you’ll be more aware of your medical-related requirements and personal care.
It also makes giving directions easier and allows you to filter among the many options the right kind of assistance for yourself. Your doctor can direct you about what you should talk about before finalizing the care assistance for yourself. Since your family could already be providing you some help, it’s better to have a proper conversation with both your family and assistance provider, as that will prevent any future confusion over tasks and their responsibility.
Before we make such important decisions, the most important thing is the feedback of those we love and who love us back. Since they know you so well, they’ll tell you something that might have escaped your notice.
This factor ranks pretty high in most of the decisions of our life. Choosing a service or a product, whether it is a car or a magazine subscription, involves your funds and budget and how much you’re willing to go above or below it to get the best experience for yourself. Unsurprisingly, the same concept is applied while deciding for caregiving assistance as well. You should be clear about how much money you can afford to spend before approaching any in-home care agency. Keep your options open while discussing the details, but at least have a layout of what will not work for you, what you can still adjust with, and what is perfect for you under the budget’s restraints. Ideally, try to look for care assistance that not only provides the help that you require but also falls under your budget.
However, if you’re running on a relatively tight budget, you can look for sources of money and help like your healthcare insurance or Medicare or some other insurance that you can use. If you have any savings or some property you can afford to sell, you can get the money that way.
See if your family can provide any help, and do not hesitate to ask them if they do not broach the topic by themselves. If you explain your financial situation and care requirements, they might provide help in direct or indirect ways.
Make A List Of Your Needs
Making a list of the kind of requirements you have and the assistance you’re looking for helps you find the perfect fit. ADL and IADL are terms used in healthcare to refer to daily living activities and instrumental activities of daily living. These are people’s daily self-care activities, and going through them to pinpoint which tasks you’ll need help with and the frequency at which you’ll require the assistance can help you find the best in-home care agency and service.
The list comprises basic self-care tasks like personal hygiene, bathing, grooming, showering, getting dressed, toilet hygiene, eating, and mobility. If you’ve already talked to your family, friends, and doctor, you should check items on these lists to find a caregiver that can provide you assistance (according to the frequency of your requirement) under the budget that you’re sticking to.
Finding In-Home Care Agencies
While one may think this is the difficult part of the job, it’s not that challenging with the right help. Ask your doctor and family to recommend or refer to some reputed and reliable in-home care agencies that they are aware of. You can request your friends for some useful suggestions if they have been taking the service of a caregiver, or ask them the opinions of a mutual. However, make sure that the person whose view you’re taking into account is trustworthy.
Additionally, you can look up some of the agencies in the directories or online. Ask for their contact information and arrange a meeting. Try to find any care agencies that are available in your locality, and if your family isn’t able to tell you about some local agency, access the information through directories. With the internet, all of this can be easier for you.
One of the last but crucial steps of deciding your caregiver involves interviewing the care agency. They will most likely send over their representative to your house, and you can make sure that they’ll be equipped to provide you with the care and assistance you require and are looking for.
This acts as an opportunity for both you and the agency to reach a mutual agreement after clarifying all the details of your care requirement. On your part, you can ask them questions to ensure that you’ll be in safe hands. It would be best to verify that there are thorough background checks done for the caregiving candidates that work for them. Some other things that could be a friendly bet to make are:
- Enquire about how much the caregivers are trained and their level of experience
- Cost of the services according to the time of service provided (hourly, weekly, etc.)
- Ask the agency to consent to take care of the legality of the matter. They should handle things like payroll and taxes.
- How long will the caregivers be available? The days of the week on which the staff will be available.
- Ask about the holidays that the staff will take and the payment for these holidays, or sick days.
- What are the caregiver’s expectations from you, and what will you be expected to provide to the caregiver? For example, their meals while they are assisting you.
- In case you need medical assistance, ask for a candidate who has a license, and has been trained to provide medical help.
Of course, if the interview doesn’t end up satisfying your expectations, you can go ahead and schedule meetings with other In-home caregiving agencies. Once you do find an agency that manages to convince you that it’s ‘the one,’ you can go ahead and finalize the perfect caregiver for you. This part might as well be the most challenging task, but it’s also crucial. For finding the right caregiver that understands your need, it’s not just a list of chores and money that can cut the deal. There also needs to be compatibility, trust, and a relationship of loyalty shared by the client and the caregiver.
You can take the help of your family to double-check that it’s the right match for you. Sometimes the people surrounding us understand us better than we know ourselves better. They’re familiar with our personality and temperament. That is why they can explain to the caregiver the tidbits of your attitude and personality that will work with theirs. This should be a frank, candid conversation where you can honestly share what works for you and what does not. After that, you can relax from your daily stress as a caregiver helps you with the activities you need assistance with.