If your loved one is in need of help at home, it’s important to find the right care. The best way to do this is to contact a home health agency. There are many of these agencies in urban and suburban communities, but fewer serve rural areas. Your doctor and their staff, friends/family who have used an agency, and members of your faith community are all good resources to help you select the agency that is right for you.
Licensed Home Care Services Agencies provide custodial care for people who pay out of pocket or through private insurance coverage. These services are also sometimes covered by Medicare and managed long-term care (MLTC) plans. Some of these agencies offer free home care assessments and can match you with an attendant. All Heart Care, for example, is a New York-based company that empowers clients to live a quality life in their own homes.
If you are interested in hiring a private caregiver, it is a good idea to interview several candidates. Be sure to check references and ask for proof of a background check. If possible, have your care receiver present for the interview so that they can share their needs and preferences with you. Also, make sure to lock away valuable items such as heirloom jewelry. Some caregivers and care recipients have reported items as stolen, but this is far more rare than one might think. Caregivers can also be susceptible to temptation, so it is a good idea to limit the amount of money they have access to. Private Carers available in our area