THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE ALLOWING YOUR LOVED ONE TO “AGE IN PLACE”:
Companions: Sometimes people need assistance with meals, laundry, companionship, transportation, dog walking and more. The simple things in life become bothersome – so having someone there can add great value.
Nurses: For skilled, medical care, nurses, operating under doctor’s orders are able to administer medication, and medically speaking, attend to your loved one’s health.
Personal care: This includes bathing, incontinence care, catheter service, transfers, and more.
There are service providers that can address these needs, so make sure you investigate this thoroughly.
Identify what services you may need now and anticipate what may be needed in the future.
Does your loved one have long-term care insurance?
If not, do you plan to pay privately? If so, do you have social security or a pension set up?
You want to make sure that you are getting the “best care for your money.”
Do your research. Google is your friend. Read the reviews – make calls to friends and family who have faced similar challenges before.
Make sure any in-home care service is properly registered in your state?
Determine that an Agency’s caregivers thoroughly screened? Bonded? Insured? Does a particular agency have procedures and protocols in place to ensure the highest quality of care and companionship is delivered each and every time?
Check out the owner/operator of the agency. Ascertain their reputation and standing in their community. Make every attempt to ascertain that the personnel at the agency genuinely possess the “caring gene.”
Stay on top of things. Make sure to check in and don’t be afraid to let the company or caregiver know your needs and wants for your loved one.
Ideally, your in-home care company should have an internet communication platform established that you can access to send them notes about your loved one’s care.
Did their doctors appointment get changed?
Should there be any changes to their meals?
Any changes to their personal care?
All of these things need to easily be communicated to the company – and having a robust process in place for you to communicate effectively is critical.
SAFE HOMECARE ANNOUNCES FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS THAT HAVE A PASSION FOR PROVIDING PERSONAL CARE
SAFE HOMECARE, a Licensed Homecare Agency Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Is Now Offering Franchising Opportunities Throughout the United States.