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According to the CDC, there are currently more than 12,000 home care providers in the United States. That means that when it’s time to make that decision, you’re going to find yourself looking at a lot of options.
It’s important to remember that no two home care services are alike. They can vary in credentials, services, and more.
How do you determine which home care services are right for your loved one?
Read on for 5 considerations you should make when researching home care services in your area.
Believe it or not, there are home care providers who do not have bonafide credentials to back up their skills and expertise. What that means is that they’ve never been reviewed by a third party who can verify their trustworthiness.
Look for home care services that have certification from CAHSAH, Home Care Aide Organization, American Board of Home Care, and more.
Once you’ve found a few different home certified home care providers, it’s time to consider the needs of your loved one and how different home care providers can or cannot meet those needs.
The home care package offered by Care Partners covers basic needs like grooming, feeding, and cleaning. We also ensure that our caregivers are invested in each of our clients, providing them with genuine, quality companionship. We are also able to help with more complex needs, specifically those that arise during the transition from hospital to home.
Why take a home care provider’s word for it? Take a look around online at the reviews each provider has received from current or previous clients. Pay attention not only to the ratings given by clients but the ways in which the provider responds to any stated concerns.
In addition, inquire about the training received by each caregiver. Make sure that you are aware of how to get in touch with their supervisors if need be. A good home care provider will provide clear, transparent channels of communication.
Once again, consider your own personal needs. What is the financial status of your loved one? What kind of health insurance do they currently receive?
Make sure that your loved one’s home care will be at least partially covered by their insurance. Find out what kind of payment plans or financial aid the home care provider can offer if necessary.
It is well known that seniors are some of the most vulnerable in the face of widespread viruses. Before allowing a caregiver to come in and out of your loved one’s home, make sure you understand what safety precautions the home care provider has in place.
At Care Partners, we are doing everything we can to meet CDC guidelines and ensure the protection of your loved ones. Find out more about our safety efforts.
Does your loved one live in Orange County or San Bernadino, CA, and need home care services? Sifting through the options can feel a bit overwhelming. We hope that you’ll consider us at Care Partners.
To get started, let’s begin with a consultation. Contact us so that we can discuss your loved one’s needs and address any of your concerns so that you can make an informed decision.