After several months of gentle persuasion your aging in place elderly mother has agreed to accept some professional home care- but now the hard part begins. Since you live in another state, you’re not familiar with the home care agencies in mom’s area. Finding a trustworthy home care company that can affordably maintain your loved one’s quality of life can be challenging and stressful. Here are some tips for finding your senior the top-notch care they truly deserve.

What is Senior Home Care?

Senior home care services are provided by professional caregivers who are dedicated to helping aging adults remain at home rather than going into a nursing home or assisted living facility. Those in-home services are usually delivered by certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or nurses’ aides under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

Most home care services address activities of daily living (ADLs) like:

  • Personal hygiene and grooming
  • Toileting and incontinence care
  • Companionship
  • Transportation
  • Food shopping, meal preparation and feeding
  • Light housekeeping
  • Bathing and showering
  • Medication reminders

Based on your senior’s mobility and cognitive function the first step is determining which ADLs they need assistance with.

Compile a Home Care Company List

Next, compile a list of potential home care providers by:

  • Seeking referrals from your loved one’s doctors, neighbors and friends
  • Looking for agencies that provide the services your senior needs
  • Consulting the area’s Agency on Aging website
  • Referencing an online agency directory
  • Including companies that fall within your budget

Using these criteria come up with several companies that look promising. With respect to affordability, see if your loved one qualifies for Medicaid or VA benefits. If they have a long-term care insurance (LTC) policy that may include at least some coverage for home care.

Zeroing in on the Right Agency

Now it’s really time to roll up your sleeves and do some homework. Here’s how to further narrow down your home care company search:

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