3 Tips for Hiring an In-Home Care Provider

 

What do we do when the time comes when we will be needing someone to care for our loved one or us? We call to hire a home care provider. But how will you know that the home care provider you will be hiring is the best from any other providers? Well, firstly you got to be able to know them especially their experience and background. And of course, you got to at least try their services to be able to find the right one. And if you had decided to hire one, these 3 tips will be able to help you when are hiring:

1. Assess your loved one’s care needs

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To find the right care provider, I tried to understand first my family member’s care needs. Does grandfather need a licensed nurse practitioner (LPN) to help him with personal needs like bathing and dressing each morning? Or would he benefit from around-the-clock care from a registered nurse (RN) who can administer his medications and address other health issues? If you could remember about the condition of my grandfather, he really needed one. Take note that LPNs, RNs, therapists and dieticians provide different levels of at-home care.

2. Ask questions.

After I have narrowed down the type of care my grandfather needed, I searched for a list of providers and interviewed the top candidates in person. Before the meeting, I had also prepared a list of questions that will help me determine a provider’s qualifications, quality of care, services provided and fees and pricing. A piece of advice: do remember that can always ask your family member’s doctor for recommendations on where to begin your search.

3. Observe and Adjust.

I continued to monitor my grandfather and the care he is receiving after I have selected an in-home care provider. After all, I really want the best for my grandfather. I wanted to make sure that he gets the appropriate care and services needed. If ever I have any concerns about quality of care to my grandfather, I frankly raise it to the home care provider or his or her supervisor. Most importantly, I kept an eye out for early signs that in-home care might not be enough anymore. A loved one’s care needs are always changing – just as my uncle grew to need a caregiver, down the road we have found that he needs to move to assisted living care for more support.

These are the 3 tips that could help you when hiring an in-home care provider. I really do recommend that you follow these tips because it had helped me so much in being able to find the best and the right home care provider for my grandfather. Since I have found the best provider, in my own opinion, her services lasted with us until my grandfather passed away. But if we do have other friends who will be needing the same services, we would gladly recommend her. And if ever we will be needing her help again, we will not take time to call her late.
• Dentists, clergy, specialist doctors, and other health professionals
• Emergency alert or safety monitoring systems

These are the different types of home care services available. Whenever you do not know which services you will be needing, refer to this information. This will help you.

Home Health Care: What It Is and What to Expect

 

Home care is care that allows a person with special needs stay in their home. It might be for people who are getting older, are chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled.

Home care services includes:

  • Personal care, such as help with bathing, washing your hair, or getting dressed
  • Homemaking, such as cleaning, yard work, and laundry
  • Cooking or delivering meals
  • Health care, such as having a home health aide come to your home

 

Examples of skilled home health services includes:

  • Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
  • Patient and caregiver education
  • Intravenous or nutrition therapy
  • Injections
  • Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status

 

But how will you know when you will be needing Home Care? I had answered this one basing from what I had experienced, through the experience with my grandfather:

  • He had trouble getting around (for example, after a hospital stay or an accident)
  • He had wounds that need to be cleaned, or in need of injections, or other treatments
  • He needs to learn more about your medical condition(s) and how to monitor them (for example, checking your blood pressure or your blood sugar)
  • He needs help with bathing, dressing and meal preparation
  • He needs care and emotional support when in the final stages of an incurable disease

These were my basis on how I was I able to know that I truly needed to get one. And if we did not get one, we would truly have suffered more because of our busy schedules. We cannot guarantee that we will always be there for my grandfather.

 

What should you expect from home health care?

Basing from my experience, the doctor’s orders are needed to start care. Once our doctor referred us for home health services, the home health agency scheduled an appointment and came to our home to talk about our needs and asked us some questions about my grandfather’s health. The home health agency staff also talked to our doctor about my grandfather’s care and kept him updated about my grandfather’s progress. It is important that home health staff should see us as often as the doctor ordered.

 

There are many ways that a home health staff do their jobs but from what we have experienced with my grandfather, here are the examples of what the home health staff should do with their patient:

  • Check what they are eating and drinking.
  • Check their blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing.
  • Check that they are taking their prescription and other drugs and any treatments correctly.
  • Ask if they are having pain.
  • Check the safety in the home.
  • Teaches the patient about their care so the patients can take care of themselves.
  • Coordinate the patient’s care. This means that they must communicate regularly with the patient, guardian, the doctor, and anyone else who gives the patient’s care

 

It is actually very easy to get help from home health staff. Because of their help, taking care of our grandfather has never been so easy. When we do get older, I strongly suggest that you should also opt for home health services so as not to bother your family much. It benefits both parties.

Types of Home Care Services Available

 

At first I thought that there was only one type of home care services available. Well, what do I know? I only have one experience in enlisting the help of home care services. I was then able to learn that there are actually different types of home care services available.

Her are the different types of home care services available:

Nursing Care
Nurses are not only stationed in hospitals but can also be stationed at home. With their presence, you can easily set up a plan of care along with the doctor. Their services usually includes the care of wounds, ostomy care, giving intravenous (IV) treatments, giving and supervising medicines, and watching for side effects.

Physical Therapy
Physical therapists can help you to regain the use of impaired or weakened muscles. They also work with you to improve the range of motion in joints and learn to use any special equipment needed for daily activities. I remember having experienced the first time of their services, it was painful. When they were massaging my back and even letting me experience foot reflex.

Occupational Therapy
An occupational therapists are the ones that will help you from doing any activities of daily living. They will look at what you can do, and then teach you ways to do those daily tasks, like eating, bathing, dressing, and household routines. If special equipment is needed, you will be taught to use it. With the therapist’s help, you can learn to do more things on your own.

Speech Therapy
We have a neighbour and their son has a difficulty in his speech and they sought for a speech therapist. The speech therapist helped him to communicate again by teaching special techniques and also helping him practice. Speech therapist may also help if you have problems swallowing.

Social Workers
Social workers look at social and emotional factors that affect patients. They serve as case managers for patients with complex needs and help find sources of help in the community. This can include helping the family look for financial help when needed. They also counsel patients on coping with the demands of illness, family conflicts, and grief, all of which can affect the patient’s care.

Home health aides/home care aides
This type of home care service is what we have experienced. They handle personal care, such as getting in and out of bed, walking, bathing, and dressing. Some of their aides have had special training and are qualified to give more complex services if supervised by a registered nurse.

Homemaker/attendant care
A homemaker can perform light household tasks for you, like laundry, meals, housekeeping, and shopping. As we are all busy in our home, we may need to enlist their help to maintain our house rather than health care.

Volunteers
A volunteer from a community organization, a home care agency, or hospice can sit with you, give emotional support, and help with personal care, paperwork, and getting to and from doctor visits.

Others
Home care services may also include some of these:
• Nutrition support and help with diet
• Medical equipment and supplies
• Lab and x-ray studies
• Pharmacy services
• Respiratory therapy
• Transportation
• Home-delivered meals
• Problem-solving or other help by phone
• Dentists, clergy, specialist doctors, and other health professionals
• Emergency alert or safety monitoring systems

These are the different types of home care services available. Whenever you do not know which services you will be needing, refer to this information. This will help you.

Let’s Learn About Home Care Services Together!

My name is Grace DeStrauss.

My parents are still young and that is why they will not be needing Home Care Services yet. But what is home care services?

Home care services is a care that allows a person with special needs stay in their home. This home care services is very helpful for most household especially if in the household, a member of the family may be needing special attentions and care most especially for people who are getting older, are chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled.

From what I knew about home care services, it includes:
• Personal care, such as help with bathing, washing your hair, or getting dressed
• Homemaking, such as cleaning, yard work, and laundry
• Cooking or delivering meals
• Health care, such as having a home health aide come to your home

You can get the almost any type of help you wanted in your home and this services are free and or maybe donated. Usually home care services are covered by government programs and your health insurance. Health insurance are helpful as they cover the cost of certain home care services.

When my grandfather was in need of constant attention and help, we called for the help of the home care services. They were really helpful to us. They get to take care of my grandfather and we don’t have to do anything, only assisting from time to time if ever it is really needed.

Without the help of the home care services, we would be very busy in our works and chores to take care of grandfather and we don’t want that to happen. We don’t want to neglect the needs and constant supervision of my grandfather.

Well, I am always talking about my grandfather this, grandfather that. My grandfather was not actually that old but in an early time, he already needed constant care. It all started from when he had stroke. My grandfather has high blood and a smoker. We really insisted that he should stop smoking but he can never let go with this addiction. Anyway, he had the stroke that resulted him not to be able to talk as well as move a lot and walk.

Since grandfather’s children are all married and already with their respective families, they cannot guarantee to be able to care for him 24/7 and so that was a problem for us in the family. Well, we could take him in our home, it’s just that he doesn’t want to stay in our home because we live in the city. He will be very lonely as he doesn’t know anyone in the neighbourhood. He insisted through gestures that he would rather stay and so that was another problem. We need help. We need someone to look for my grandfather and that is where we were able to learn about Home Care services.

I don’t really know about home care services that much and because of our lack of experience with it as well as knowledge, we had a hard time choosing for the best services and this is why I dedicate this website of mine to share to you my readers the tips and advices that I have learned when I experienced the services of the Home Care services.