As the population ages, lives longer and the trend to “age in place” continues, the need for in home services are expected to grow. Finding the right fit for home health care can be challenging. As part of this thriving service industry, we have identified 5 areas that should be strong considerations when caring for your loved one.

1. Qualified & Skilled

Qualifications and a well-trained staff are essential to providing excellence in care. In addition, approaching the patient with empathy and understanding may impact a positive outcome for that family member. Make sure you interview and meet the team if possible before hiring.

2. Flexible & Reliable

Needs may change on a routine basis when aging and especially if there are medical conditions to consider. An illness, fall, surgery can disrupt the routine of daily living. So, make sure the provider can provide flexible and reliable services.

3. Commitment & Dedication

The aging population may require assistance during the day, evening or transitioning from hospital to home. It is a 24 hour, around the clock responsibility at times. Make sure the agency you select understands the needs of eldercare and will be committed to your family will provide the care when needed.

4. Reputable & Community Focused

Do your homework. Make sure the agency you select is a well- respected company, serves as providers to aging communities and leaders in the community for senior home care.

5. Specialized

Make sure your home health care provider can manage many programs for your loved one, including: Assisted Daily Living, 24 Hour Program, Parkinson’s Program, Dementia Program, Stroke Program, 72 Hour Post Discharge Care, End of Life Support Program and Skilled Nursing Services.

Professionals are aware of the need for change and flexibility when caring for aging seniors. The senior-care industry and home care solutions rely heavily on the individual caregivers.

Caregivers should be responsive to the needs of their clients and customize their care strategy. Knowing your mom, dad or family member is safe, happy and receiving the best care to ensure positive and healthy outcomes is imperative.

Choosing the best home health care provider for your loved one is a difficult task. Use these 5 tips to help guide your decision-making process to find the best home care health provider. Please contact CarePlus Health with any questions or concerns.