You’ve had the tough conversation. You’ve recognized a need for in-home care services for yourself or a loved one. Now what?
As you start to narrow down your options for home care services, keep these 4 tips in mind.
Tip 1: Define Your Needs
With the help of a doctor, family, social worker, and/or close friends, define what needs should be met in order to live independently at home. Is medical care required? Would assistance with daily household tasks like cooking be helpful?
Read this blog for more information about the differences between the types of home care services available. Narrowing down which needs have to be met first makes choosing an agency easier, as you’ll know which services your caregivers will need to provide!
Tip 2: Ask Around for Referrals
Do you know someone who utilizes home care services for themselves or a loved one? Are they happy with their agency? Start your search with trusted contacts who are local to you.
County case managers, doctors, and social workers can also give you the names of home care agencies they trust. These firsthand accounts will help you start your list of possible agencies.
Tip 3: Look for an Agency
Agencies that provide home care services are typically registered by state and federal organizations.
As a point of reference, Best Care is a registered PCPO Provider (Traditional PCA Services), as a PCA Choice Provider (Consumer Directed PCA Service), and as a Waiver Service Provider (Adult Companion, Homemaker, Night Supervision, Respite.)
Tip 4: Learn About Your Top Options
At this stage, you will start digging deeper into your top agency choices. Call, email, or even visit a handful of agencies to narrow down your choices.
It’s important to work with an agency that treats its employees well! At Best Care, we are especially proud of the ongoing support and robust benefits that we provide for our caregivers.
Ask each agency about the onboarding process for new clients. Beginning home care services can be intimidating for individuals jumping into personal care services for the first time.
By this point, you’ll probably have a good gut feeling about the home care services agency that is the best fit for you or a loved one!
Contact Best Care Today!
We hope that Best Care is on your short list of choices. We strive to be Minnesota’s leading home care agency. We offer services that allow our clients to live more independently with empowered caregivers that have the tools and training they need to provide the best care possible. To learn more, contact us today!