Home care month: how to choose the right provider for your family

What you need to know when choosing the right care provider for your family. 

There comes a time in everyone’s life where daily tasks become a struggle, it’s no longer as easy to perform simple tasks such as cooking a meal, using the bathroom, or even making your bed. While families can help, there is only so much they can do without being a full-time provider. As nice as the idea sounds, it’s not exactly ideal, especially if you have your own family to look after as well. However, remember a loved one who needs care can most certainly move in under your roof, you can even choose a care provider and schedule regular visits if need be.

The remainder of this article will discuss how to choose the right care provider for your family, from knowing your budget to nailing the interview, here’s what you need to know.

Knowing your budget

First things first, money. The one thing many families struggle to talk about. Now’s the time to rack up the confidence and have that conversation. How much can you realistically spend on a home care provider? Will you receive any additional help from family members? What sort of home care do you require, and is this more expensive or less expensive than alternative methods?

Thoroughly interviewing providers

With a wide variety of different care providers out there, all charging distinctive amounts, it’s important to interview each and every appropriate option thoroughly.

Ask questions such as:

  1. What sort of care do you provide?
  2. How much do you charge?
  3. How are your employees trained?
  4. Is patient confidentiality included?
  5. What separates you from other care providers?
  6. Why should we choose you?
  7. What can you offer us?

As well as this, you want to make sure the care provider is comfortable with the patient’s medical plan. Whether this is taking medication several times a day or requiring oxygen – always make sure their up for the task and confident in their ability.

Ensuring the right care provider for you is essential. After all, they will be in your home and taking care of you for long periods of time.

Means of contact

Often, the deciding factor is the contact between the care provider (nurses, doctors, etc.) and the family of the patient. What will happen in an emergency? Who will they contact first? Will they contact you before treating or perform medical procedures without your consent?

All of these matters. It’s essential to sit down, have that conversation and discuss possible outcomes and problems, and, more importantly, how the particular care provider would deal with these.

The bottom line

Hiring a home care provider isn’t easy – it’s a massive life change. So it’s equally important to choose the right provider. Be sure to interview each provider, ask difficult questions thoroughly, and, most importantly, ensure they’re the right fit, get along with the patient, and of course, are fully confident in their own ability as a care provider.