Is your mom advancing in years and starting to show signs of forgetfulness and slight physical weaknesses, including inability to go to the toilet unassisted, that you’re starting to get worried that there’s no one to watch over her while you juggle work with all your other responsibilities?
Senior home care, which provides services that are not medical in nature, just may be the answer you are looking for. It’s the closest you can get to providing her with vital assistance in daily tasks like taking a bath and eating, along with the much-needed day-to-day companionship.
To ensure that she’ll actually be getting utmost professional care, personally visit some agencies to check its track record and get some idea on the kind of training which staff members get, and whether a registered nurse supervises the caregivers. It is also advisable to check if the home care agency may be paid through a health insurance plan.
Bear in mind that home caregivers are not about to take on doctor-prescribed medical care, nor handle household chores like house cleaning, but are trained to focus on in-home client care while ensuring that all’s safe with the patient. Administering medication is also outside the scope of responsibilities of some senior home care aides.
In choosing a senior home care agency, it’s important to choose one which will meet your aging family member’s basic needs and realistic expectations. Will you require a caregiver who must accompany or drive your mom to her medical check-ups? Does the agency have in its employ a caregiver specializing in memory impairing illnesses? Most caregivers may be relied on for hands-on care. A geriatric care manager with a background in nursing or psychology may better handle responsibilities like spotting forthcoming health conditions.