It happens to the best of us with age. You, or a parent or loved one, just can’t perform basic tasks at home or get out of the house alone anymore. Home care seems to be the best option. But with so many senior home care agencies out there, how do you choose the best one?
It may seem overwhelming when you consider your home care options, but you can quickly narrow down your search if you know what you’re looking for. First, ask yourself some questions, and then find the agency and services that best meet your needs.
Determine Your Needs Before Shopping for Care Agencies
In order to determine which agencies are best equipped to meet your needs, you need to assess your situation. Ask yourself a few basic questions.
-Are you in need of home health assistance? If you need any health or medical support, you’ll need a trained professional like an RN, physical therapist, or CNA. The types of care agencies you’ll be looking for are called home health agencies, or HHAs.
-What other types of services do you need? Home care providers offer a variety of services, including companionship, transportation, social outings, cooking, housework, and running errands. Assess what types of services you need most and how often you’ll need them. You may want to hire a home companion helper through an HHA, or you may want to enroll in senior adult day care.
¬-What is your budget, and how are you paying? In most cases your personal finances will play a major role when choosing between care agencies. Some types of providers have services that are covered under health insurance while others aren’t. You’ll need to work out an appropriate budget based on what you want and what you can afford.
Ask Care Agencies the Right Questions
Not all home care providers are made alike. Ask the right questions to find the right fit for you.
-Do they provide all the services you need? If you need several types of services, not all agencies will be able to provide them. Look for agencies that offer multiple types of services, like home health and companion assistance.
-What are the qualifications of the caregivers? At the very least, good senior care providers should have their care providers screened with criminal background checks, reference checks, drug screening, and health screening. Home companions who aren’t health professionals aren’t required to be certified, but the more training and credentials they have, the better.
-What are the prices, and what types of payment do they take? You can’t select services that you can’t afford. Note that not all care agencies are Medicare certified. If you’ll be paying out of pocket, determine what types of payment plans are available.
These are just a few of the basics when making the very important decision about home care. GeriCareFinder is here to help you through your search. Whether you want to find assisted living facilities in your area or you’re searching for advisors, we have a comprehensive directory with everything you’re looking for. Use our simple online search forms to find the assistance you need.