Home care is one of the best options for those men and women who have difficulty with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). There are plenty of people who want to be there for their parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings, and others, but with so many responsibilities in life, that’s not always practical.
Finding quality home care services is not that difficult. Unfortunately, most people have no prior experience hiring a home care aide or even a visiting nurse, so they are really lost about where to begin. The Internet is a great bastion of information, but it’s also the playground of far too many organizations focused exclusively on profit rather than comfort and quality for those who need assistance most.
Below are three steps that can help just about anyone find quality home care services for themselves or somebody they care about.
Step #1: Contact an agency.
This may sound like a sales pitch, but it’s not. Agencies often carefully interview and run background screening checks on all of their potential employees. They also provide better support and more and more of these agencies across the country are training their home care aides more effectively than ever before.
By contacting an agency, you will be able to have access to a number of potential and prospective caregivers while also enjoying the flexibility that the senior or disabled adult needs.
Step #2: Understand those needs.
Every person is different. Some aging seniors may have very specific needs, such as assistance getting out of bed, getting dressed, bathing, toileting, and so on, especially in the morning. That same elderly person may not need much assistance the rest of the day, but again need help getting ready for bed.
As long as you understand their needs, you can convey that information to the caregivers or agency and determine the right fit.
Step #3: Determine a budget that works best.
Some people assume a home care aide or other provider has to be hired for 24 hours a day, seven day a week support. Some may believe 40 hours a week are necessary, even if that aging senior only requires help every once in a while.
In truth, through an agency, people can hire caregivers for just a couple of hours one or two days a week to start. Whatever the needs are and whatever the budget happens to be, knowing these things will make it much easier to find the right quality home care support.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Plainsboro, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.
The Care Street mission is straightforward and compelling: to provide a comprehensive range of the highest quality home health services in a professional and efficient manner that will enhance our clients' quality of life and empower families to keep their loved one at home.
Care Street has earned a reputation of excellence among hundreds of families, and is recommended by medical professionals and hospital discharge planners throughout the State.