You've realized that your mom or dad needs live-in care, and you must choose a provider. It is never an easy decision to make. Maybe they are struggling with the early stages of Alzheimer's, or they are a fall risk or they are not eating/drinking what they should. Their health is an issue that you can no longer avoid. What should you take into consideration when you’re looking for quality in-home or respite care?
According to Boston’s Home Instead Senior Care, part of a national network of senior care services providers, there are a number of factors to consider when you’re looking for a quality caregiver. Some of these are:
Level of Involvement: Finding a home care agency that will work with you hand and had to help put a good customized plan together for your parent is critical. Make sure the agency you choose gives your parent a good dose of personal attention
Meet the Caregiver: If you don’t think you would like to have the caregiver the agency selects in your living room your mom won’t either.
Flexibility: Try to figure out if the agency you want to work with will be flexible to changing schedules and needs of your parent. If you are flexible and your home care agency is flexible this will work much more smoothly.
Qualifications: Ask how the caregiver’s qualifications and past jobs make her relevant for your situation.
Background Checks: Ask the agency what background checks they do. The more the better.
Be Clear About Expectations: They only way you can get what you want is if you tell the agency and the caregiver what you want.
Underlying all of this is the idea that you and your parent need someone you can depend on 100%. As dedicated experts in the field of home health care and senior services, Home Instead Senior Care fully understands this. Learn more about services with Home Instead Senior Care by visiting the company’s website or calling (617) 557-4600.