When you reach the age where you are not able to take better care of yourself, a lot of people are thinking of going to a nursing home so that they can be taken care of by professional care givers, but the change of being in a nursing home from your own home can be very hard to deal with, and can cause depression at stress.
Good thing is that there are a lot of agencies who are offering long term care services in the comfort of your own home. Here are some tips on how to choose the best services for you:
- Ask a lot of questions to different agencies concerning about their services, you must not be afraid or shy to ask many questions because you must be sure that they are the perfect care provider for you.
- Be aware on how they accept their care givers. Are they thorough in selecting their employees? Do their care givers have insurance or bonds? Make sure you know all of these things.
- Make sure that they have back up care givers if in case the assigned care givers cannot come to your house due to some random reason.
- Know the licenses, trainings and qualifications of the caregivers provided by your long term care services.
- It is understandable that in the first few days or weeks of the care giver might not live up to your expectations because they are still getting used to in taking care of you and in living under some other peoples roof, but after a few weeks and there are still problems and issues that the care giver cannot fix, it is best to start talking with their agency, but if the problems still has not been resolved, it is advisable to just change your agency that can provide the services that were lacking in your last agency.
It is also a good idea to separate the medical tasks to the non-medical tasks. A lot of care giver can, not only provide services through assistance from everyday activities like, bathing, eating, dressing, toileting, moving about and other stuff, they can also do light household chores like, cleaning, preparing meals, doing errands and other things that can be considered as light chores.
But you should consider that if you are paying your care giver to do household chores, it might be cheaper to just let other people with lower pay to do those kinds of jobs because you might be spending more in making your care giver do the household chores. But one thing that cannot be left to be done by other people is the medical tasks where the training and expertise of your care giver can be used to their fullest.
Other long term care services offers people other than their trained care givers to do domestic chores. This option in your policy can help especially when domestic help are needed along with medical care done by a professional caregiver.