Host Zack Demopoulos launches his 30 day preparation plan to care for an aging adult. He continues with Day 17 where he talks about
hiring a professional caregiver. Specifically how to choose a home care agency, what to look out for, what to ask, and how to protect your family.
In Part 2 we will cover questions that you should ask a home care agency before you hire them, what the next steps are after you have identified the right home agency for your parent or parents, the different type of options for shifts including 24/7 or live in’s, how to protect your family when aides visit their home, what home care costs, and the pro’s and con’s of hiring a caregiver privately.
This show is sponsored by ComForCare, a national home care provider that will help you live your best life possible. https://comforcare.com/
This is Part 2 of Day 17 of the 30 Day Preparation Plan to care for an aging parent. The Prep Plan is all about helping you the family caregiver provide your loved one with the best comfortable safest and efficient caring environment in which they can grow old in.
The topic we continue with today is one option for long term care which is home care.
If you have not had a chance to listen to Days 1 through 16, please go back to Season 1 and check out these episodes. Also in Season 1 we introduce the 9 beginner steps in raising your parents. http://raisingparentspodcast.com/page/5/
We also discussed on the Day 14 Episode how your parents can age in place—what to consider so that they can live at home independently as they get older in a safe environment and with dignity. Be sure to check that show out to if you haven’t already. http://raisingparentspodcast.com/episode-023-day-14-what-is-aging-in-place-for-mom-dad/
So now you have done your initial research and you have a few home care agencies that you want to ask questions. Here are a list of example questions you should be asking a home care agency you are considering to hire:
What type of agency are they? Are the aides their employees that is they are W2’s and all appropriate taxes are taken out by them or are they more of a placement agency and the aides are independent contractors that is they are 1099’s. Typically an agency will appear to be much less expensive but what might be happening is that they are just placing aides in your home and you are considered the employer making you responsible for things like employee taxes, social security, and workers compensation. Are they licensed, insured and bonded? Most states require these. I would not put anyone in my house if they weren’t. Will they provide you references. And if you get them, call them! Ask for an actual client and another one that is a family member the agency assisted in caring for their loved one. What are the office hours? What happens after hours? When they tell you they are 24/7, clarify what that means. VOicemail? On call service? And I would go as far as testing them. Okay don’t call them 3 in the morning but I would definitely call them after hours to see the response rate and availability. Is there a nurse on staff? What do they do? Look for things like create the care plan, supervise the aides, monitor the care the aides are providing, assess your family member and do reassessments through out the year to keep the care plan up to date. The care plan, by the way, should be written, a copy left in the house, and the aide or aides use it to review what is expected of them in caring for your parent. Are the aides certified or licensed? How do they get certified? What is your hiring process when you hire an aide. What is your training program? What is your follow up once you place an aide in your parents home. Do they make unannounced visits? When can you expect these? What are the costs? Is