Once a decision is made to hire a home care aide, it can be a relief, especially to family and friends. A senior who has been exhibiting difficulty with his or her mobility, who has been calling on others for help around the house or with basic tasks, even to take them to the store or a doctor’s appointment, may not want to consider home care right away.
It could take several weeks, months, or even years before somebody is finally willing to admit that home care is the best option for them at this point in their life. Once the decision is made, they need to take appropriate steps to find a qualified, safe, and reliable home care aide.
Step #1: Hire through an agency.
An agency offers some of the most experienced caregivers and the best support for those caregivers. Not only do many agencies have aides working for them who have been doing this type of work for years, it also provides each potential client the opportunity to determine who would be best suited for them, from a personality and experience standpoint.
Many agencies also have great flexibility because of the number of caregivers. In other words, an elderly client can rely on a home care aide for just two hours in the morning to help them get ready for the day and then another couple of hours in the evening to help them get ready for bed.
Step #2: Look at all options.
Home care is certainly the best option, but it isn’t the only one. When people want to remain within the comfort of their home, but have difficulty with safety, mobility, or performing daily tasks, home care is the right option. If they don’t look at all options, though, they may question whether it is the best one.
Step #3: Include the senior in the process.
Far too often it’s easier for an adult child or other member of the family to take things upon themselves and contact agencies, look at prospective home care aides, and make a decision about who would be best. It’s much better to include the senior in the process so he or she feels empowered.
Step #4: Be clear on needs/expectations.
Explain to the agency or caregiver what the needs and expectations of the senior are. This will help everyone stay on the same page and make it easier to hire the right caregiver.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in River Oaks, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week