Jun 25, 2018 by Stephanie Howe - Owner, Comfort Keepers
Like a float-rider in a parade, tossing candy to the spectators sitting along the side of the road, life often throws out unexpected and unrequested surprises, some good, and others stressful, demanding, and immediate. When it comes to the health and support of your loved ones, it's easy to be caught off guard. You can't be prepared for every situation as it occurs, and as such, when your loved one is suddenly in need of caregiving, charting the best course of action can be overwhelming.
This brief overview of the process involved in acquiring the best possible caregiving options will help you to know where to go and what to ask before making a significant decision about the care and comfort of your loved one.
3 Types of Caregiving: Determine What is Needed
There are three types of caregiving options, but within each category, there are subsequent choices that will surface as the details of your situation provide uniqueness and require tailoring.
The first step in acquiring a top-notch caregiver is determining which of the three types of home care assistance your loved one will need.
The individual who requires personal care services is one who needs assistance with such tasks as bathing, meal-prepping, dressing, and help with the restroom.
One who benefits from companion care is the person who would like company and social interaction, or who needs help with tasks such as housework, yard work, laundry, errands, and reminders about taking medication.
A person who requires skilled nursing is one for whom a medical component of care exists. Such tasks as catheter administration, wound care, PICC lines, blood draws, physical therapy, and other rehabilitative services fall under the skilled nursing category of caregiving.
Choosing a Provider
There are many factors to consider when determining where to turn for services, but the only option for senior care that allows for your loved one to continue living in his or her own home, while receiving various types of care, is the option of in-home care.
If you do not know where to go at the start of your search, a good springboard is the Department of Health and Human Services Eldercare Locator. This resource consists of a comprehensive list of care providers in your area.
The options will be overwhelming, so have an idea of what you want for your loved one when you reach out and don't be afraid to ask questions that will help to narrow your search.
Some of the discussion points in the initial communication should include:
Cost is a Factor
While it would be wonderful to have complete access to all services without the burden of a price tag, the cost of home care assistance is a reality.
Therefore, some of the things that you should be prepared to ask of each provider as your assessment underway includes:
Individual Attention and Careful Monitoring
Indeed, it will be important to get acquainted with the individual in-home caregivers. Before the meeting, you will want to know about their level of experience and education, whether or not they are qualified to provide the in-home services that your loved one needs, and whether or not they can provide recommendations from a doctor or social worker.
Once the choice has been made, and services are in place, it is essential to communicate with your loved one about the care they are receiving, ensuring that they are being treated with dignity by a competent and friendly caregiver.
Call Comfort Keepers in Toms River, New Jersey
At Comfort Keepers, we provide the highest quality of home care services, are licensed and insured, and hire only the most dedicated, caring and skilled professionals to support your loved one.
Contact us today on our website, or call us at (732) 557-0010 for more information about the excellent services we provide.