Home Care Myth Busters

by Lois Etienne on October 10, 2011

in Finances,Senior Health and Safety

No matter what our health or financial situation, most of us want to be able to remain in our own homes. Home care is one of the answers to make that happen. But a lot of people have misconceptions about what home care is really all about. So, I’m going to address several home care myths over the next two weeks. If you have any questions as we go through this, please put them in the comments and I’ll tackle them.

Myth No. 3 I have no say about who comes into my home.

Caregiver-And-Senior-ManIf you didn’t grow up with a maid it has got to feel “intrusive” and maybe even scary to have strangers come into your home. And even hiring a “friend-of-a-friend” has not always turned out to be a good idea. So how can you feel more comfortable with people you don’t know coming and going from your home? For starters, work with an agency, not independent workers. Usually with an agency you have a lot of safeguards in place like insurance coverage for things like injury and theft. And reputable caregiving companies will also try to match caregivers with seniors of similar interests. For instance, many Home Instead CAREGiversSMare seniors themselves who share the same hobbies and histories as their clients. You should make sure that a company’s caregivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. The agency should conduct background and reference checks of their caregivers, and offer flexibility in setting up a schedule. Credible companies will also offer back-up and replacement caregivers.

Another suggestion, get involved with an agency now, before a crisis hits. Get comfortable with the agency and their staff and processes so when a crisis does occur, immediate help is a phone call away.

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