Guidance for Choosing In-Home Care
What is the right solution during this time of need? You and your family might be in a phase of life when you need extra support for your loved one. Of course, you wouldn’t trust just anyone for the job. How do you make sure that you’re choosing the best care provider possible? As specialists in Alpharetta and Atlanta, Trinity Life at Home is here to guide you through the questions to ask when seeking an in-home care provider.
Questions to Ask the Provider
How do you evaluate and hire caregivers?
With in-home care, you will have to be comfortable with someone in the home. It’s understandable that you might have concerns about safety, but care providers have protections in place to ensure families and homes are safe while receiving care. To find a provider that prioritizes this, ask questions such as what the hiring process is like and what the reevaluation process is.
What long-term care insurance plans do you accept?
Ask what insurance plans the providers accept and work with, making sure that you find a care provider that is compatible with your insurance. Ask if your provider will allow for assignment of benefits and bill your long-term care insurance provider for services provided. This will eliminate many headaches you will have submitting invoices and care notes to the carrier.
Can you assist during emergencies?
For the safety and wellbeing of everyone, consider emergency care and how this will be handled. Ask the provider what the caregiver will do in the event of a fall or change in condition. Is there a nurse available to help triage the situation? Will 9-11 be contacted? Make sure a policy is in place for your loved one should they need to go to the hospital.
Questions to Ask Yourself and Family
What type of duties do we need help with?
In-home care can go beyond checking vital signs and giving medication reminders. Caregivers can help with meal preparation, light housekeeping, and bathroom assistance. Consider what tasks your loved one needs for extra support, and make sure these tasks are incorporated in the care plan during the nurse assessment.
How often do we need extra support?
Due to work and other commitments, you might not be able to be available as much as you’d like to for your loved one. That is perfectly fine—everyone has a busy schedule. Sit down with your family and seriously consider how often your loved one needs in-home care. Also, meet with the provider to include their professional opinion into making this decision.
Who can we trust for in-home care?
Countless agencies provide in-home care, but you don’t want to be just another client to them. Choose a provider that will provide consistent, professional help. Select a company that will provide a care plan catered toward your loved one’s needs.
Find the Support You Need with Trinity Life at Home
Trinity Life at Home is a team of caring professionals who are ready to help make a difference in your family. Providing in-home care in the Metro Atlanta area, including Alpharetta, we provide families with solutions and comfort in times of need.
A servant heart and helpful hands. This is the soul of Trinity Life at Home: Our promise to you.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact us by giving us a call at 678-731-0831 or by filling out the contact form on our website.