When you or a loved one needs a little extra help with daily tasks, it may be time to talk with a home health care services company. It’s a big decision that can have a very positive effect on your quality of life. Here are some points to keep in mind when you’re ready to make that first call.
Figure out your needs.
Maybe you need medical care, non-medical care or both. Many seniors can continue living independently with some extra companionship and assistance with activities like bathing and dressing, housecleaning, and meal preparation. Others may require higher levels of supervision and professional medical care. A reputable company will be happy to suggest other resources if necessary.
Discuss preliminary cost information.
While final costs will be based on your individual situation, you can ask about hourly rates for a range of services, payment methods, and insurance questions. Start thinking about how many hours you’ll be likely to need, and determine the minimum hourly requirements for visits.
Investigate hiring and training.
Knowing how a company screens and trains their home care workers is a top priority. Discuss education and credential requirements. Make sure there are background checks.
Confirm communication procedures.
How will the company communicate with you and anyone else you want to assist you in monitoring your care? Online portals and electronic communication may be especially helpful if you want to keep long-distance family members in the loop. Find out how after hours and emergency calls are handled too.
At Alamo Companion Services in San Antonio, all our home health caregivers are carefully selected and undergo a thorough background check. Thanks to our outstanding benefits package, we have a high retention rate so you’ll be more likely to benefit from consistent care. In addition, many of our caregivers earn multiple certifications in specialties including post hospital, diabetes and dementia care. Contact us today to find out more.