For many people, the time comes when help is needed to take care of everyday needs. Home care providers are readily available to fill the need, but before considering hiring a provider, eldercare experts strongly recommend understanding what level of care is needed and if that need is likely to change in the future. Hiring a Home Care Provider is a big step and, for the process to go smoothly, everyone must be on the same page. There are six steps to consider carefully when selecting a care provider.
Define the Level of Care Needed
Different levels of care require varying types of skills from care providers. Simply providing companionship and taking care of essential household chores does not require the same skill set as providing medical care. The distinction becomes important, as providing medical services will cost significantly more than taking care of basic household duties. Before contacting an agency or advertising for help, write a clear job description so important items are not forgotten during interviews.
Determine if Using an Agency is the Best Option
While hiring a care provider privately is an option, most people are not in a position to properly vet applicants. Although it may cost slightly more to hire a care provider through an agency, vetting is already done. Reputable agencies do background checks on applicants before placing them in their pool of available care providers. If hiring privately, be sure to get and carefully check references.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask Hard Questions
When it's time to interview prospective caregivers, ask questions. Knowing the background of a provider is important, as that individual will be in a position of trust even if they are only in the home a few hours per day. Relationships are important, and an applicant who is not candid during an interview may not be the best choice for a companion and service provider.
Consider All Options
In some areas, adult day care may be a viable option to consider. The costs would, as a rule, be significantly lower than contracting for care in the home and, if the individual is ambulatory and relatively healthy, adult day care should be considered where it is available. Of course, individuals with significant physical issues or who are unable to travel to the site are less likely to select this option. However, if conditions change, day care may be an option at a later date.
Money is Always an Issue
Not everyone has the financial capability to deal with the expenses involved when Hiring a Home Care Provider. Medicare may provide some assistance, but it is also important to check other financial assistance options. Care experts in the area are generally aware of different forms of assistance available, but contacting an eldercare legal expert for advice is also a good idea.
Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA) members are specialists in eldercare law. When questions arise, it's always a good idea to seek assistance. If family members have questions, contact an eldercare legal professional today.