Over the years, we’ve worked with family after family to help them get in-home care for a spouse, parent, grandparent or other loved one, and in that time, we’ve heard every question you can possibly imagine. It can be a difficult decision, and having these answers ahead of time may help. Here are five typical questions for someone considering in-home care:
1. How can I trust having a stranger in my parent/grandparent/loved one’s house?
A reputable and trustworthy company, in addition to be licensed, and insured, will also perform rigorous screening and background checks of any potential care providers. And while it’s impossible to guarantee that a care provider is absolutely perfect, the stricter the screening process, the more stock you can put in their choices of care providers. A good company will also get referrals and feedback from previous employers and use their best judgment when choosing a care provider to refer to you. And, of course, you can do your own due diligence, too!
In the end, we only refer the most trustworthy and reliable care providers to our clients because our goal is your comfort, safety, and ultimate satisfaction.
2. What happens if we don’t like the caregiver that we select?
It’s essential to us that you be fully satisfied with the contractor that you select and that the client have someone who is socially and personally compatible. If you feel that your provider is not a good fit, we’ll help you to find another caregiver as quickly as we can. After all, your loved one’s comfort and safety is of utmost importance. Our goal is to provide you with referred caregivers until you make a compatible match, and we exhaust every possibility to make sure that happens.
3. Shouldn’t I just move in with my loved one and do this myself?
Family caregiving, while seeming on the surface to be easier and more manageable, only really works when there are multiple family members who are all willing (and not being forced) to share the responsibility, as well as family members who are medically and clinically trained. Caregiving is more than just keeping a home clean and providing companionship. It requires a vigilance on health, medication, and more, and when you hire someone to provide the in-home care, you free yourself up to focus on love and support instead.
4. Can I monitor the way my loved one is being treated?
Absolutely! Open communication with your caregiver is key. Remember, you are always in charge of your care and will work directly with the referred caregiver to create the schedule and the duties to be carried out. The company that referred the caregiver is there to support both you and the caregiver. You can always reach out to them for assistance at any time. Once again, it’s our goal for everyone to be safe, happy, and healthy!
5. Is my spouse/parent/grandparent/loved one going to lose his/her independence?
The benefit of in-home care is that a lot of independence can be retained. Of course, this is dependent on the level of care needed, and their own mobility, strength and acuity. If there’s a deterioration in physical and/or mental health, independence will suffer, but that’s only in the worst-case scenarios. In-home care is typically centered around tasks that cannot be done alone, or tasks where your loved one may need some assistance. Our goal is to assist our clients in remaining as independent as possible for as long as possible, and we think that’s the healthiest approach for everyone involved.
Here at Compassionate Care, we’re dedicated to making sure that every client gets the attention, respect, care, and answers that they need. Contact us today if you have more questions about setting up in-home care for yourself or someone close to you who needs help at home.