It happens to many of us. Our older parents or loved ones decline to a point where they cannot live completely independently as they used to. It is time to look into home care for them.
Competing emotions and other stresses can make this period particularly stressful. When navigating through a myriad of feelings and concerns, one thing stands out as the most important: The best possible care for our loved ones.
Characteristics of an Excellent Home Care Agency
How does one go about finding the best care possible for our loved ones who wish to stay in their homes? Here are some questions to ponder as one decides the best course of action and then prepares to contact potential agencies.
- Is the home care agency licensed?
- Is the firm run by healthcare professionals?
- Does the agency employ certified professionals?
- Can specialized care, e.g. walking for exercise or attending certain functions, be provided?
- Are the costs for home care reasonable?
- Can the agency provide shopping trips and help with meal planning?
Of course, one will want a list of agency references to check out.
Narrow Down Your Selection
Initially, when you begin your research for home care services Massachusetts, you’ll find that there are many possibilities from which to choose. By using the questions established previously, one can confidently narrow down the search faster than initially thought. One to three top agencies will come to the fore for your loved one.
The final step in the selection process is to trust one’s gut feel. Did you get an easy-going response to your questions and concerns? Or, was there something in their response that was a red flag or simple “just not right”? The answer to these last “gut-feel” questions will likely enable one to discover the top choice for the loved one who needs assistance.