You need to find home care for seniors. It may be for your aging parent, relative or maybe even a friend. Whoever you’re trying to find home care for, you’re probably lost on where to start. At All Medicare Advisory, we are committed to helping seniors and their loved ones navigate the often complicating and overwhelming journey of arranging assistance.
Below you will find some tips as well as steps on how to find home care for seniors. After reading the below, you may want to sign up for our Senior Times newsletter on the right, which provides valuable senior information on a monthly basis.
Tips on Finding Home Care for Seniors
These tips will make finding home care much easier for you and your senior. Our suggestion is to read through them and then if you feel overwhelmed, go through them again one by one.
Let’s get started.
Tip #1: Assess Needs
It may help to write down a list of your senior’s needs. What are the needs you may want to consider as you create your list?
- Meal Preparation
- Meal Planning
- Medication Management
- Medication Administration
- Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Blood Sugar Monitoring
- House Cleaning
Think of all the tasks your older loved one does throughout the day and write down the ones that he/she needs help with because it’s either getting difficult or dangerous to do alone.
Tip #2: Determine the Type of Home Care
There are two types of home care available for seniors:
- Non-Medical Home Care
- Skilled Nursing Care or In Home Health Care Services
The first one is for seniors who do not need any help with medical needs, such as blood pressure and blood sugar monitoring and medication administration. Non-medical home care services are provided by caregivers who do not have any medical training.
Skilled nursing care or home health care services is for seniors who do need help with their medical conditions. Medicare covers home health care for senior as long as the person qualifies. Who qualifies for home health care services?
Those who receive the services provided by home health care will work with Registered Nurses, doctors, or other professionals who come to the home to provide services.
While skilled nursing care has many advantages, there are some disadvantages of home health care services you should be aware of.
Tip #3: Decide on Amount of Care
Home care services can be full time (24/7) or part-time (a few hours a day). To decide on how much care a senior needs, ask yourself these questions:
- Can the senior stay home alone safely?
- Will there be a loved one providing caregiving as well?
- What is the budget for home care services?
Seniors who can stay home alone will only need part time care, while those who can’t and don’t have anyone else who can provide care will likely need full-time services. The cost of part-time care is much less expensive than full-time, so that is a consideration.
Steps to Finding Home Care for Seniors
Now you have a good idea of what type of home care you need for your aging loved one. The next part of the adventure in finding home care for seniors is the search.
Don’t worry; we have you covered.
Step #1: Search Google
You probably already did this, and you likely found yourself going down a rabbit hole looking at all of the different senior care services in your area.
Before you knew it, you’re feeling a bit “crazy” and ready to reach out for help.
BUT if you didn’t search Google yet, try it. You can read reviews, look at websites, and when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, go ahead and come back here.
Now that you’ve identified home care agencies near you, it’s time to start researching them so you can find the best home care for your senior.
This leads you to the next step.
Step #2: Make a List
Start writing down the names of the senior care agencies that may be a possibility for your older loved one. You’ll be using this list as you decide on who you’ll be using, so keep it handy.
Step #3: Consider the Factors
If you write down the home care agencies you’re considering down on the left side of the paper, you can write the factors you’re considering along the top. You can then check off the factor each agency meets.
Possible factors to include:
- Services Needed
- Price or Insurances Accepted
Step #4: Identify Services
Cross reference your list of needs for your older loved one with the services the agency offers. The home care agencies that offer all of the services your older loved one needs should get a check, while the others will be removed from the list.
Simply put a line through the agencies that do not meet your senior’s needs, and move on to the next step.
Step #5: Review Google Reviews
Start with Google Reviews. The positive ones are great, but take time with the negative ones. Decide if the negative ones are because the person’s expectations were too high or if it truly is a reflection of the agency.
Once you’ve sufficiently reviewed the Google Reviews for an agency, indicate on your piece of paper whether or not you would like to consider them further.
Put a line through the agencies you no longer want to consider.
Step #6: Call Home Care Agencies
Most home care agencies do not list their prices because each individual has different needs, so the costs vary. This is why you’ll need to call each one to find out.
BONUS TIP: You can contact us and we’ll do the calling for you. Speak to our senior care advisor to help you with the process by calling and getting all of the information needed. All you have to do is sit back and wait for a return call with the information you need to make a decision on the best senior care agency for your older loved one.
As you find out the pricing for each agency for the home care needs your older loved one needs, write your notes down on your piece of paper. With your budget in mind, cross off the ones that don’t fall within it.
For those with insurance, simply ask if the home care agency accepts your insurance and cross off the ones on your list that do not. This information may be on the agency’s site so look there first.
Step #7: Schedule Appointments
Home care agencies like to meet with seniors in their homes to complete the assessment and then come up with a plan, including the costs and schedule. These appointments are also time for you to learn more about the agency AND caregivers. Ask as many questions as necessary to help you get closer to a final decision on the best agency for your older loved one.
Step #8: Make a Decision
By this step, you’ve likely already made the decision, but we’re including it anyway. Go with the home care agency that provides all that you need with quality services within your budget.
Need Help Finding Home Care for Seniors?
Busy? Don’t feel like researching?
We got you.
We offer FREE services to seniors and their loved ones to help them find home care. All you have to do is contact us with this information:
- Senior Care Needs
- Budget or Insurance Provider
We’ll do the research for you. Within 24 hours, we’ll have home care agencies that meet your qualifications so all you have to do is set up the appointments. We’ll give you all of the information you need to do that, so you don’t have to do any searching.
We’re here for you. Let us know how we can help.
This article was writen by Marcelina Hardy and was last updated on .