Home Care in Apex NC
If you have been tasked with finding the right home care team for an elderly family member, such as a parent or grandparent, you want to be able to build the ideal team. The first thing to do is to sit down and determine what an ‘ideal’ team would look like for you and, most especially, for the senior who will rely on them.
Below are four steps you should consider taking that will help you put together a team that is well-suited to provide the best level of support and care for your elderly loved one within the comfort of their home.
Step #1: Sit down and discuss various services in needs for the elderly ‘client.’
Even if it’s your elderly mother who needs assistance, she will be referred to as a ‘client’ by the in-home care service providers. Have a discussion with her (or whoever requires assistance) and determine what she needs, what she wants, and what she is most comfortable with on a daily basis. This should give you a pretty good assessment of the type of services needed as well as how often they will be required throughout the day.
The most common type of caregiver is a home care aide, but your elderly loved one may also require a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and maybe even a visiting nurse, depending on his/her physical, mental, or other health issues.
Step #2: Determine a schedule.
If your elderly loved one requires assistance getting out of bed in the morning and getting dressed, he or she also might need assistance getting undressed and into bed at night. He or she may also require assistance preparing meals, getting to doctor’s appointments, and much more. What about overnight? Does your elderly mother require assistance getting out of bed to go to the bathroom at night? These are things that can help you figure out what type of schedule will be needed.
Step #3: Contact a home care agency in the area.
Next, it’s best to hire caregivers through agencies rather than trying to find them independently. Not only do agencies conduct thorough interviews, many of them conduct thorough background checks, and also offer training. If multiple caregivers are required at various times throughout the day and sometimes even during the overnight hours, they could coordinate those services quite effectively and efficiently.
Step #4: Evaluate on a weekly basis.
During the first few weeks and maybe even a couple of months, you can evaluate your elderly loved one’s impression of the caregivers, the quality of care they provide, and other factors. It is at these times when any issues can be addressed so that the entire team understands potential concerns, questions, or anything else that can improve the quality of care for the elderly client.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Apex, NC or the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at HomeChoice Home Care Services. Call today (919) 847-5622