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WHEN YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONE
NEED A NEW LEVEL OF CARE

KNOWING WHEN PROFESSIONAL CARE IS AN OPTION FOR YOU

When dealing with chronic health conditions, your loved one’s needs may be more than you can handle on your own. They may also require specialized care. There may come a time when the scope of care that your loved one needs is beyond what you and your network of friends and family can provide.

Fortunately, there are many types of professional support available. If you decide you need professional support, talk to a medical professional, a patient counselor, or social worker about your concerns. They will often be able to help determine what kind of support is needed and where it’s available to you.

HIRING HOME CARE

One way to make your life at home easier is to hire someone to help with daily activities. A range of home care services are available that can help you and your loved one feel more secure and comfortable.

You might need someone to help with household matters, like housekeeping, preparing meals, or shopping. You may need someone who understands your loved one’s condition to stay with them when you can’t be there. Sometimes, you may need a professional for more hands-on care like bathing, administering medication, or other tasks that require specialized training – or even a license.

Here are some important skills and qualifications to consider when you’re looking for professional support.

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BEFORE HIRING A HEALTHCARE WORKER

When looking for professional assistance, you want to find a reliable, qualified person. Often, home health workers are hired through agencies that specialize in this type of care. Below are some general areas to inquire about when you talk to an agency about home care.

Security

Before hiring someone, make sure that your loved one is in safe hands. While your doctor may be able to provide a list of reputable agencies, it is important for you to investigate so that you have peace of mind.

  • How does the agency find and recruit workers?
  • Do they do thorough background checks?
  • Are workers insured and bonded through the agency?

Qualifications

Your loved one’s needs are unique. Make a list of what types of responsibilities will be required, so that you can communicate your needs and evaluate candidates easily. Remember, there are many types of health workers with different levels of skill and training.

Ask what types of qualifications and skills each candidate has. These could include such things as certification as a Home Health Aide, LPN or RN. Skills might include CPR or training for physical care such as moving a patient to change sheets. It is wise to meet with each candidate in person prior to hiring them. This offers a chance to see if their personality is a good fit.

Supervision

Consider the situations that might occur once you have hired someone. Ask the agency how they handle such situations.

  • Will they send a substitute if your aide is unable to come to work?
  • Is there a supervisor responsible for evaluating quality of care?
  • What can you do if you are unhappy with the service of a particular home health aide?

Hiring outside support is an important step – and these are just a few of the things to keep in mind. Once you have the professional help you need, you may find it gives you more meaningful time to spend with your loved one.

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WHEN YOU NEED HOUSING

There may come a time when you want to investigate housing that combines a residence with support services. There are a variety of options from assisted living to around-the-clock care. Before investigating housing, discuss it with your doctor, a counselor, or a social worker. They can explain what your options are. Make a list of your current needs and ask them what they anticipate future needs might be.

Once you know what your loved one’s needs are for the present and future, you can visit facilities and see them first-hand. Talk to residents and families, as well as staff on your visits.

Planning for your loved one’s needs is one of your most important tasks as a caregiver, and a critical step toward ensuring a full, healthy life together. But as you build your plan, don’t forget to consider your own emotional health and physical well-being. Caring for yourself can be just as important as supporting your loved one’s needs. Learn more about how caregivers can look after their own health >

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