Finding the right care solution for a senior family member is one of the most important and daunting decisions you’ll face. Ensuring the safety of the your loved one is essential, but there are some additional considerations as well, such as if the senior’s quality of life and capacity to thrive and remain independent will be a main priority.
AARP offers a handy checklist of questions to ask when researching elder home care services, such as:
- Is the agency licensed?
- What services are generally provided?
- How long before services can begin?
- Are caregivers trained and dependable?
- Is there a process in place for running background checks, bonding and insuring staff, supervision?
- What occurs if a caregiver doesn’t arrive on time (or at all)?
- Can a different caregiver be requested in the event that you don’t click with the one assigned?
- Are there any customer testimonials or reviews you are able to read?
- Will the senior be given a personalized plan of care?
- How many years has the agency been in business?
It’s also important to confirm that the caregiver is a hired employee from a professional agency, instead of a contractor referred by a registry service, or a person hired through a classified ad, because:
- Taxes and other mandatory federal and state requirements are covered. Employing a caregiver independently makes YOU the employer, meaning you’re responsible for all taxes, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation, etc., and, you’d be liable for medical and other expenses if the caregiver were to become hurt on the job. A professional home care agency assumes the role of employer for its caregivers, alleviating these concerns for older adults and their loved ones.
- Complete vetting and supervision of caregivers improves safety. Sadly, the potential risk of victimization and abuse of seniors is elevated when hiring an independent caregiver, whether financial, physical, or emotional. Trustworthy home care agencies provide supervision, including extensive background and reference checks, bonding and insurance, and other safeguards to protect seniors. Not only that, but in the event a senior’s primary caregiver became ill or took a break for vacation, a similarly well-qualified and trustworthy substitute caregiver is provided.
- Initial and ongoing training contribute to caregiver excellence. Agencies that offer thorough training for their care staff make sure that skills are constantly as sharp as they possibly can be, and that any new strategies established in the industry can be used – meaning an elevated standard of care over an independent caregiver without having the same access to professional development.
At Abby Senior Care, we are pleased to meet every one of these criteria and more. As a proud member of the Briggs Home Care family of agencies, our senior in home care and Alzheimer’s care in Denver and the surrounding areas is dedicated to meeting the varied needs of our clients – from companionship and light housekeeping assistance to chronic and emerging health issues, and everything in between. We take great pride in ensuring our team receives continuous caregiver training, so you can feel confident in knowing our caregivers are top notch and continually improving their skills, while offering the safe, reliable, and compassionate care required to make life the very best it can be.
Reach out to us at 303-699-8840 so that we can answer any extra questions you have about our home care and Alzheimer’s care in Denver and the surrounding communities, or to ask about a no-cost in-home assessment to boost quality of life for a senior you love.