Home care is a fantastic way to secure the independence of the recipient in their own home, without worrying about the everyday tasks and routines that they might find difficult. Whether you or your relative is elderly, disabled or suffering from an illness that requires short term assistance, it allows them to live as normally as possible with some help along the way.
However it can be a difficult task to choose a home care agency, as it involves a lot of trust in the provider. So here are some tips to help you choose the right agency for you.
Time and Cost
An obvious thing to think about when choosing home care is the amount of time and regularity of the visits that you will require. Perhaps you simply require a weekly clean and maintenance of the home, or maybe you need daily or full time care. This will then give you a good starting point to assess your budget, and look at the agency prices like for like. When looking into agencies, be sure to find out what their policy is regarding public holidays such as Christmas, and whether this affects the price of the service.
By inviting someone into your home to care for yourself or a relative, you want to be sure that you can rely on the agency on several counts. Firstly, so that they don’t violate your trust regarding property or the person that they are caring for. It’s important to check that they are a member of the UK Homecare Association, or another recognised body.
Secondly, you want to know that they will do a good job and provide the quality of service that you expect and require. Getting reviews from people in the local area or online can help you to find out if they are a reliable agency that have provided satisfactory care to other clients.
One of the best ways to assess whether a home care agency is right for you is to have a frank and honest talk with them about your requirements and wishes. Make a list of questions that you want to ask them, and don’t be afraid to raise these if they aren’t answered on the website or in person. After all, you would rather find out now than in the event that a scenario or issue arose.
Meeting a representative of the agency in person can really help you to get a feel for their attitude and approach to care. There’s something to be said for that ‘gut feeling’.
Choosing a home care agency is an important and personal decision, so if possible try to make the decision with the person who will be cared for. Assess your budget and requirements, don’t be afraid to question the agency on the key issues, and do a bit of groundwork. If all comes out ok, then you can make an informed decision safe in the knowledge that you’ve made the right choice.
Article by Kelly Gilmour-Grassam helping to convey information on choosing home care according to Locala HomeCare.