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Choosing the Right Home Care Provider for Your Senior Loved One

Getting in-home care for a senior loved one is easier than ever these days given how much the industry has grown in recent years, and home care can help seniors stay in their homes rather than turning to assisted living or nursing homes. However, not all home care providers are created equal, and Sacramento Home Care Assistance hopes you will consider the following before hiring at-home care for your loved one.

Agency or Self-Employed

One thing families should decide on before looking for an in-home caregiver is whether they prefer to work with an agency or a self-employed in-home caregiver. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages, so deciding which option is right for your loved one is important. Working with an agency means your caregiver has professional training, is insured and bonded, and has a supervisor you can contact in the event of problems.

Daily Tasks

Another thing you need to consider when choosing an in-home care provider is what tasks the caregiver can help with. A good way to sort through this is to make a list of the different tasks your loved one needs help with and go over the specifications when meeting with a Care Manager. Trained and qualified caregivers can typically help your loved one with a wide variety of daily tasks, including grocery shopping, cooking, light housekeeping, laundry, changing bed linens, bathing, grooming, medication reminders, and transportation for errands or appointments.

Experience

No question is too personal when choosing the right care provider and caregiver for your senior loved one. If a caregiver with a certain amount of experience is important to you, be sure to specify that. If your senior loved one has an advanced condition like Alzheimer’s or dementia, feel free to ask about previous experience caring for seniors with memory impairment.

Care Methods

Be sure to ask the home care provider about the care methods used by their caregivers. For example, if holistic or alternative treatments are part of your loved one’s care plan, working with an in-home care provider who is sensitive to and capable of helping with this type of routine will be important. Some home care agencies, like Home Care Assistance, employ the use of the Cognitive Therapeutics and Balanced Care Method for a natural approach to emotional, physical, and cognitive health through diet, exercise, mentally stimulating activities, and socialization.

To ensure your senior loved one gets the most out of his or her at-home care, turn to Sacramento Home Care Assistance. We offer part-time and live-in home care as well as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, and stroke care. We will value your loved one and treat him or her with the dignity he or she deserves while offering assistance with chores, errands, and medication reminders. Call us today at 916.706.0169 to speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager.