What to look for in an elderly care service provider

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When it comes to our loved ones, we want to do whatever is best for them. And as they age, this can mean making hard decisions like how to care for them if they are not able to live on their own. It’s a tough process that many people go through. Some younger people may have older parents needing extra care, while a working mom of two now needs to worry about how to care for her aging father. One thing we want to remind you is that you aren’t alone. There are ways to get help for your relatives and family members who need some extra help around the house, bathing, running errands, going to the doctor. First, let’s outline what exactly you want in an elderly care service.

Licensed
You want to make sure whoever is coming into your home is licensed. Whether they are a Home Health Aide, an LPN, RN, or other nursing designation. This is especially important if your loved one requires medical attention such as with injections, medicine, or wound care.

If you go through a company, they will be able to provide licensing documents to prove the credentials of their staff. Going through a company is your safest bet, as most companies will do background checks, and interviews when they hire someone new.

Ask Questions
If you’re unsure of just how everything works then ask questions. These elderly care service companies know what they’re doing and have the answers you need. If you aren’t sure whether your loved one needs an LPN or HHA they can guide you in the right direction.

Reputable
Check out the companies reviews online. Look on Yelp, Facebook, Angie’s List. If the company is willing, they may even be able to put you in touch with a past client who can give you a true review.

Decide What You Need
It’s important to know what you want to get out of a service like this. This will help you decide on the right company and person to come in and help your loved one. Maybe your loved one can still drive, but has a hard time doing chores around the house. Or maybe they are bed-ridden and need 24 hour care.

Make Your Decision
Once you’ve done your research, found a great company, and know just what your loved one needs, then it’s time to make the decision. It can be tough to admit you need help caring for your loved one. Bring other family members into the discussion so you can get their feedback and input as well. And make sure your loved one understands what will be happening. They may not accept it, but it is important to explain why they need some extra assistance.

If you’re in the Southwest Florida area looking for elderly care service you’ve come to the right blog! Just Like Family Home Care has companions all the way up to live-in care for your loved one. Any assistance they need, we’ve got it covered. I invite you to come see what we can do for you.

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