When someone thinks about home care for an aging loved one, there is often an assumption that the care has to be medical in nature. That belief might prevent you or your family member from looking into the type of care that would benefit them in their daily life.
Senior care can be both medical and non-medical depending on the needs of you and your family member. Non-medical care can include a range of services, such as helping an elderly person with grocery shopping, cleaning, or driving to and from appointments. Perhaps your relative has been struggling with moving around the house, or they’ve been forgetful when cooking. Having someone by their side to act as an assistant can bring peace of mind.
If you’re interested in finding a home care agency for your relative, it may feel overwhelming to find a provider that works for you. Thankfully, you are not alone in this search. There are many useful tips that can help you in your search.
Tips for Finding Non-Medical Home Care for You
There are a number of ways you might search for a home care provider for a relative from searching for an individual caregiver to asking around to those you know for personal recommendations. However, the best place to search when initially looking for a non-medical home caregiver is to look into home care agencies.
Unlike hiring an individual provider, a home care agency offers you the assurance that all their staff is carefully vetted to ensure the safety of your relative and yourself. They will also ensure that the provider they offer is trained to provide courteous, respectful, and compassionate care that leaves your relative well taken care of.
A home care agency will be able to discuss with you the needs of your relative and pick from their staff the best option for you. They can work to set up a care plan customized to your needs.
- Once you have found a home care provider that you are interested in, you can ask them questions such as:
- What kind of services do you offer? How can they be adapted for my loved ones?
- How are your staff selected and screened?
- What kind of hours can you offer, and can you work alongside other kinds of elderly care services such as assisted living?
- Do you provide training for your caregivers, and if so what kind?
- What is the cost for this care, and do you take Medicaid?
At the end of the day, the most important thing to do is to ask questions. Ask the agency what service they provide, ask yourself what kind of care you think your relative needs, ask your loved one what they might appreciate help with. Asking for help can seem like a sign of weakness, but in reality it shows a keen awareness of your limitations. Being aware of all those things is ultimately the best way to find home care for you and your loved one.
The Help You Need
The dedicated care professionals at Companion Care of Georgia are here to provide our clients with whatever non-medical care service fits their needs and the activities of their daily lives, such as transportation, housekeeping, and personal care, as well as a range of many other services.
Our caregivers will work to provide services that enhance senior living according to your loved one’s needs. Our services range from respite care to long-term 24-hour care, and we work with assisted living facilities to provide additional assistance to you and your family members.
If you are interested in reaching out to us to inquire about our services, please feel free to contact us! We know choosing the right care for your loved one can be a difficult process; that’s why we at Companion Care offer a free consultation where we can get to know you and your family, and you can familiarize yourself with our team of skilled caregivers.