You’ve been thinking about what you can do to help your father as he ages and it becomes more difficult for him to get around his home safely. Through your research, you have determined that home care services is the right option for him, and that means that you want to make sure that you have as much accurate information as possible for when you sit down and talk to him about it.
What do you need to know about in home health care services, or an in home care provider before you hire one for your loved one? Below are some things that you may want to think about and consider before hiring an in home care provider.
- What needs must be met? Is your father having trouble with his health? Does he need someone to remind him to take his medication, check his vitals every day, or conduct other basic medical care? If so, then you’ll want to look into home health care services, as opposed to a home care aide, who would tend to help with dressing, bathing, some cooking and cleaning, and other basic tasks around the house.
- How much care does your loved one require? Does your father need someone there at his home six days a week? Or would he be served well having someone check in one him every couple of days? The more care that your father would need means that the cost would increase.
- Should you consider an in home care provider or a live in caregiver? Your father may require more care, or at least care that is provided to him more often. Maybe he needs help getting into bed at night, but the next morning he is fine getting out and dressed on his own. Maybe your father is fine one day, then struggles the next. If you believe that he’d be best served with a live in caregiver, then this is certainly something that you could discuss with home care services.
- How much involvement will you have in the care that is provided? Do you live close enough where you could help out? If so, do you believe that it’s a good idea to help out? The more information that you have, the easier it will be for you to discuss this level of care with your father. In the end, of course, it’s up to your loved one whether he or she wants home care services, so before you hire or consider talking to your loved one about it, gather as much information as possible. It can make a world of difference in the end.
For more information about home care services in Chesterfield MO, contact Senior Services Unlimited. We are an elder care agency providing affordable and respectful home care to couples, veterans, and the disabled. Call (314) 646-8131.