If you are looking for senior home care so you can be taken care of without having to stay in a hospital, there are certain things they should look for when deciding upon a good senior home care provider.
Does the agency have well-trained staff? Make sure the people that will be coming into your home are well-trained and have a lot of experience. This is particularly true when it comes to the type of health issues you may be dealing with.
Will the person or people assigned to you have the knowledge about that particular health problem and be able to treat you accordingly? Do they know what specific treatments are recommended for your particular medical issues, and are they comfortable administering them?
Personalities — Can you meet with the people that will be coming to your home to help you? Will their personalities fit with your own? Do you feel as though you will get along with them and not have any personality clashes?
Remember, this is your home they will be coming to, so you want to be sure you feel completely comfortable with them being there.
What will the carers responsibilities be? — Will the senior home care provider send a carer that has other responsibilities besides making sure your health and nutritional needs are taken care of?
Will they take you out for walks? Will they be happy to play games with you to pass the time, read to you or watch TV?
All of these things make it much more interesting having a home carer in your home than just someone who deals with the clinical things and nothing else.
How would they normally handle difficult situations? — You can ask both the senior home care provider and the carer themselves how difficult situations would be dealt with?
What would they do if you fell or had a serious medical issue? How would they handle it if you were depressed or if you had an argument with a family member? How would they deal with a difficult family member?
These things are important when choosing a good senior home care provider, as you do want to be sure they could handle any difficulties that may come up.
Driving records — If the home caregiver will be driving you to and from doctor’s appointments, or will be taking you shopping or to visit friends, you should be sure they have a good driving record.
A good senior home care provider will make sure all of their employees have stellar driving records with no serious issues on them.
The main things you should be looking for when choosing a good senior home care provider are professionalism, medical knowledge, the ability to adapt to your needs and the ability to make you feel comfortable with the care you get.