Skip to Main Content
Google Plus Logo
Home Nursing Services
At Home Therapies
Home Care FAQ
Bereavement & Grief
Hospice & Alzheimers
Hospice Pet Therapy
Special Care Programs
Your Care Team
Specialized Home Care
Patient-Centered Dementia Care
Congestive Heart Failure
Hypertension / Blood Pressure
Coronary Artery Disease
Mental Health and Depression
Home Care Support for Multiple Sclerosis
Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
Traumatic Brain Injury
COVID-19 Vaccination Staffing
Our Standard of Care
Caring Brands International
Aging in Place
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Health Aide
8 Dietary Tips for Improving Senior Heart Health
Talking About Substance Abuse as a Caregiver
How to Take Care of Aging Hair
4 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality for Seniors
Designing Outdoor Living Areas for Seniors
Getting A Grip: How and Where to Install Bathroom Grab Bars
Keeping Active: Tips for Senior Gardening
Alzheimer's and Dementia
Calculating the Cost
Certified Senior Advisors
Consumer Health Care Education
Advisor Care Giving Guide
Care in a Residential Facility
Check Your Home Care IQ
Elder Care Communities
Medicare and Home Care
Senior Care Resources
Senior Care Scams
Signs That Care At Home is Needed
Long Term Care
Mobility in Seniors
Home Safety Checklist
Home Safety Tips
Medications and Fall Risk
Reduce the Risk of Falling
Risk of Falling
Visiting the Doctor and Discussing Falls
What to Do If Someone Falls
Elder Care Videos
Hiring Your Own Caregivers
Family Care Giving Facts
Information for Seniors
Long Distance Caregiving
Starting the Conversation
The Stress of Family Caregiving
Taking Care Of Yourself as a Family Caregiver
Home Care Technology
Hospice Fact or Myth
Exercise and Older Adults
Tips for Lowering Blood Pressure
Seniors and Zika Virus
Stories From Home
Transitioning from a Facility
Independent Living Assessment
How To Choose Senior Care Wisely
How To Choose Senior Care Wisely
Posted: 7/13/2015 9:45 AM by
Senior Care Tips by Interim HealthCare
When you’re looking into
, whether it’s for yourself or somebody else, it’s important to take various things in consideration so you choose the right caregiver, agency, or other providers you actually need.
The best way to choose any type of senior care service is to go through a certain process. That process is outlined below.
Step one: Determine the needs of the senior
. Whether it’s you or somebody else, it is absolutely essential that you determine what your needs happen to be. Are you going to need assistance getting to doctor’s appointments? If that’s all you need, there may be senior transportation services available in the area.
If you require assistance taking a shower or going to the bathroom, this may be more than what a family caregiver could provide and it could be an uncomfortable situation.
Step two: Find out what services are available in the area
. This starts by checking out the various agencies that operate within the region. There are numerous independent caregivers, but it is the responsibility of the person hiring them to conduct a thorough interview, check references, and possibly even conduct a background check to ensure they are honest and reliable people.
Many agencies already do these things and therefore the caregivers who work for them are likely well-qualified, honest, and reliable.
Step three: Understand the various services these caregivers can provide
. Each caregiver is different and while their personalities may change, it’s a good idea to understand their experience level and other factors. A person who doesn’t have a great deal of experience as a senior care provider doesn’t necessarily mean they will be inadequate, but experience makes a world of difference.
Experienced senior care providers often encourage seniors to become active, exercise, and eat right. Those are important components to healthy living for people of all ages, especially seniors.
Step four: Meet with prospective caregivers
. Many agencies may accommodate this request, especially if the individual is seeking long-term care. This may not be practical when hiring somebody to assist one day week or for a couple of weeks or even two months, for example.
Take the opportunity, if it presents itself, to meet with prospective caregivers to determine whether their personality, experience, and other factors help the senior feel more comfortable and confident with this particular arrangement.
By following the steps and being diligent about the hiring process, a person should be able to choose senior care wisely.
If you have an elderly loved one and are considering home care services contact Interim HealthCare today.