Home Care: Your mom and dad are having a more challenging time at home.
They don’t want to move, but housework, laundry, meals, and grocery shopping are difficult for them to do independently. Have you thought about home care services?
It’s an excellent time to sit down and talk to your family. Find out what would make them feel more comfortable as they age at home. Once you know, you can come up with a list of questions to ask a senior care specialist. Don’t forget these important questions.
What Background Checks Are Completed?
Find out how the senior care agency does background checks. Are they on a federal or state level? Do they do drug tests? If so, find out if the drug tests are performed randomly or with a warning. That may make a difference when it comes to the results.
What Services Are Offered?
What home care services are available in your parents’ town? Do they have the services they need? If their needs change, are the services easily adjusted, or does it take time to make new arrangements?
Is the Agency and Its Caregivers Insured?
Verify that the agency you’ve selected has insurance. For example, if something happens in your parents’ home, such as your mom pushes the caregiver away, will your insurance have to cover any injuries the caregiver receives?
What Measures Are In Place to Prevent the Spread of Disease?
With COVID-19, a new worry came to mind with senior care services. What precautions are taken to prevent diseases from spreading? If the caregiver wakes up and doesn’t feel good, does another caregiver come to your parents’ house, or should you plan to take a day off to help out?
Are caregivers vaccinated against diseases like the flu, hepatitis, and COVID-19? Are your parents? If your parents are ill when the caregiver is scheduled, will your parents wear a mask to help keep the caregiver safe? Is it required?
How Much Does Senior Care Cost?
You have to get information on prices. Your parents need to be able to afford it. Once you know the rates, you’ll be able to go over their budget. Figure out how much care they can afford each day or week and go from there. Long-term care insurance, Medicaid, and some veteran’s benefits may be helpful if your parents qualify.
Now that you have your list of questions, call a local senior care agency and ask to speak to a specialist. Learn more about prices and services that help your parents remain independent in their homes. With home care, they have all the help they need with meals, personal care, transportation, and housekeeping.