Considering home care for yourself or a loved one is a hugely important decision that should lead to a much higher quality of life and the ability to remain comfortable, safe, and happy in the familiar surroundings of one's own home. In seeking a trusted home care provider there are various aspects of the service that should always be considered prior to enlist help.
The circumstances, requirements, and wishes of each individual are different and it is therefore important that you first establish whether a home care provider can meet your or your loved one's specific needs. Try to understand the basis on which help can be provided – this may include short pop-in visits, longer home visits (e.g. morning visits, afternoon visits, mealtime help, etc.), or full-time live-in care.
Ensure that home care for the elderly in their own home can be provided on evenings, weekends, and bank holidays. Any schedule of care visits should always be focused on your or your loved one's specific requirements, even if these change over time.
The staff of a home care provider is the most important part of ensuring that the highest quality care is provided. Always ask how staff are engaged – for example, Carefound's home carers are fully employed by the company ensuring that its team is comprised of only the best people, all of whom are required to undergo a comprehensive recruitment and selection process.
It is also important to know that staff are well rewarded with a genuine opportunity to develop a long-term career – this helps ensure that continuity of care is provided.
Home care staff must of course have the experience and skills required to meet the needs of their clients. A home care provider should ensure that its staff undergo a thorough induction program and receive ongoing training in all aspects of care providers such as nutrition and hydration, medication, manual handling, and infection control.