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Important Considerations When Choosing Home Care for Seniors


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Important Considerations When Choosing Home Care for Seniors

Adapted from aginginplace.com

Advocating a positive vision of aging, elderhood advocates encourage us to turn a blind eye to the foolish notions, so many of our peers hold that portray the aging process as a frightening, panic-inducing, gradual fade away into a kind of subhuman non-existence.

Rather, we are encouraged to think independently and realize aging for what it really is: a natural part of life that should be readily accepted, attended to, and integrated with the many other elements that ultimately construct and define our lives.

After all, age, disease, and disability, as well as long-term care do not define our existence as people; they are but just one aspect of life.

Among the major pillars of creating a sustainable healthy life is ensuring that older people have health conditions attended to via high-quality levels of care.

Through contemplative and affirmative thought, eschewing pessimism and choosing optimism and focusing on the positive, you are perfectly poised toward implementing a personal care plan for your life that is inclusive of the major pillars necessary to create a happy, healthy, sustainable, and functioning existence.

Among the major pillars of creating a sustainable healthy life is ensuring that we, as older people, patients, and even family members, are to have our health conditions, ailments, and chronic diseases attended to via high-quality levels of assistive

long-term care and that the various tasks we may require assistance in are tended to by professionals who treat us with the utmost care, compassion, and respect.

Whether it is via personal care, primary care, nursing home care, in-home care or non-medical home care, a patient-centered medical home care, part of a retirement community, or any other form of elderly care we need to make sure that we are cared for properly and appropriately, and our health and well-being is respected and upheld.

Home health care assistance services fulfill most all our health, emotional, physical, and activities of daily living (ADL) needs in a professional manner that enables you to concentrate on being a lively, confident senior dynamo who is full of zest and zeal for life and is excited for the new experiences to be found in each passing day.

 

Before choosing a home health care agency to help you with your in-home needs, ensure that the health care aides the agency will be sending to you are trained, licensed, credentialed, and have the depth and breadth of experience required to meet your needs.

Experience

The in-home care agency that you employ should provide you with unwavering high-quality care.  Any of the tasks, chores, ADLs, bathing, grooming or other issues you may have trouble attending to on your own should be readily assisted by a caregiver experienced in providing this kind of basic assistive care in an effective, empathetic, and kind manner.

Your experience should always be a patient-centered one that takes into account your or your senior's unique goals and preferences.

Before choosing a home care agency to help you with your in-home needs, ensure that the caregivers the agency will be sending to you are trained, vetted, credentialed, and have the depth and breadth of experience required to meet your needs.

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Empathy

Respect, empathy, and compassion are cornerstones of assistive care; those who are employed in the field have to be kind-hearted individuals who are patient, understanding, and truly desire to help seniors live happier and healthier lives.

Professionalism

The person coming into your home is a home care professional providing you with the assistance and care you need to live a happy and healthy life.

This individual should display complete professionalism at all times while employed by you.

Professionalism can mean a lot of things, but most importantly for seniors and their in-home care needs, professionalism means:

  • Showing up on the days scheduled to work
  • Showing up promptly at the time scheduled to work
  • Arriving having reviewed the assessment for any changes
  • Arriving able to immediately begin tending to your needs
  • Not mysteriously disappearing throughout the work period
  • Not talking, texting, and using the Internet on their phone while at work

    Caregivers that display any of the above behaviors are clearly not committed to your health care and assistance needs. Unreliable, inconsistent care that is punctuated by many mysterious breaks and disappearances is a sure sign that you need to find a new caregiver.  When working with an agency, make sure that the agency provides on-going Client Care Management to ensure that your caregivers are continually providing optimum care.

    Be wary of home care agencies that advertise prices that are either exceptionally low or incredibly high. Quality home health care services tend to be in a similar range of prices without peaks and valleys in pricing.

    Affordability

    In-home care is a highly utilized service by senior citizens across the country for a variety of factors. In addition to enabling them to live individual lives that are self-reliant and dignified within the comforts of their home, home health care services are popular due to their comparatively affordable pricing.

    Be wary of home health care agencies that advertise prices that are either exceptionally low or incredibly high. Quality home health care services tend to be in a similar range of prices without peaks and valleys in pricing.

    A healthcare agency offering services for up to 80 to 90% off competitor pricing is a surefire indicator of a situation that is too good to be true—don't be the person who falls prey to what could be a scam or poor business practices.

    Reputation

    Your homecare agency should have an excellent reputation with candid reviews readily able to read online and elsewhere. A simple Internet search of their business name can yield a plethora of highly valuable information that can guide you to making a well-informed choice.

    Specialized Services

    Your home care agency should offer a range of specialized services that seniors need to meet their individual needs.

    Consider specific needs you have such as transportation, companionship, medication management and more.

    Conclusion

    In-home care services have the ability to become an important and integral part of your life as you stride through your golden years and plan the next steps for your newest journey, passion, interest, or goal. With so many agencies available on the market today, it can be difficult to make the right choice.

    However, with a keen eye on aspects such as professionalism, empathy, reputation, and more, you can take the necessary steps and cursory research involved to easily discern the best service for your unique and individual needs.

    Providing you with the level of assistance you require and a frequency you prefer, home health cares are invaluable resources that let you focus on becoming the healthiest and most dynamic version of yourself ever—with a life full of optimism, spirit, grace, enthusiasm, and, most importantly, strength.

      For more information on choosing high quality in-home care and to receive our white paper        "10 considerations when choosing home care" please email jill.khoury@homeinstead.com.
 





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