Do you need a Home Healthcare Provider?

It’s time. Maybe someone had an accident or surgery, or maybe eldercare sends you looking for Home Healthcare. You may be in a panicked state as you weren’t expecting this immediate need.

The Right Home Healthcare Provider

Who’s right for your needs?

Let’s look at getting prepared for this, maybe before you need it.

This is a pretty big topic with lots of facets to it. Maybe it’s best if we break it down for you.

As mentioned above there are many reasons for needing in-home care. Do you have a elder parent who you are primary caregiver for? They may be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or may just need physical help in cleaning, cooking, and mobility.

It could be that you have just had surgery and live alone. You may need help for a short period of time. You have friends and family but you feel you might be burning them out. There may be a need for home healthcare for someone for a short period, until you become ambulatory.

Check this list of a couple of services you may need

The first thing  to do would be to determine your actual needs. Obviously they may change over time but what are the first and foremost needs you or have?

1. Needs assessment – make a list of what you, or your loved one, will need.

  • Medical needs – nursing, doctor at home
  • Housekeeping needs – cooking, cleaning
  • Physical Therapy
  • Companionship
  • Emotional Support
  • Transportation – Doctors appointments, PT, shopping
  • Personal needs – bathing, laundry, shopping
  • Respiratory needs
  • Blood draws
  • Medicine dosage
  • Legal support
  • Someone to help your travel the path of eldercare

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Selecting Home Care Providers

2. Check out

  • Local companies that provide those services
  • Larger companies with services needed
  • Talk to friends and coworkers
  • Agencies that offer information or support you need
  • Be sure to give us a call to talk to a staff member at our company

3. Check references and recommendations

  • Make sure the company you are looking at values input from its clientele
  • They stay on top of the needs of their patients

4. Soft skills in the caregiver themselves

  • Ask yourself, and the patient, these questions –
  • Have you done a trial run with the provider?
  • Can you communicate well with them?
  • Are they reliable?
  • Do they have the right amount of empathy?
  • Do you feel confident in their ability to care for you/your loved one?

Important Qualities in a Home Caregiver

And lastly, but you think you can do it by yourself? Great! But before you do, you may want to consider what happens to family caregivers. Burnout!

Check out or next blog post on Caregiver Burnout.

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