Important Things to Look For When Seeking Senior Home Care
We know your loved one is important to you and that is why you’re seeking senior home care. It can be difficult to turn over care for the senior in your life to someone else. Yet, our data shows that turning care over to an in-home health care agency can actually reduce the stress that many families feel during this time and allow them to focus on building deeper bonds.
Every scenario is different and we expect that your unique situation will have its own challenges and rewards. As you’re seeking out senior home care options, there are a few things we recommend families consider:
- Your Timeline — Hiring a caregiver on your own can take a lot of time. Make sure you give yourself the required time and space to find someone who will be a good fit for your family. If you’re seeking senior home care due to a recent injury, a home health agency like Austin Home Health can help you find the care you need, quickly.
- Your Budget — Like building a house, when you don’t know what expenses to expect, the final bill can come as quite a shock. We have many quality programs for senior home care with some families paying as low as $100/month. Make sure you understand all of the required and necessary expenses before hiring anyone for senior home care.
- Your Sensibilities — If you’ve lived long enough, you know that sometimes personalities just clash. When you’re in a hurry to hire, one thing that is often overlooked amidst all of the details is whether your caregiver actually gets along with your senior loved one and family. Our team of senior home care professionals has designed personality and needs assessment that makes sure you get paired with someone your family will love.
Finding a Senior Home Caregiver Who Is Willing and Able
Home health care is one of those things that is easier said than done. When hiring a private caregiver off the street, you can set out the expectations of care and get a verbal or even written agreement of what is required from the caregiver. But sometimes they just don’t realize what they’re getting into until it’s too late.
When a child is sick, a mother has no issue getting in their and doing what is required to make sure their child is comfortable. It isn’t always easy and it requires a certain kind of unconditional filter. A mother does what must be done because they are more committed to the child’s comfort and needs than their own personal interests.
Finding a good caregiver follows the same principle. The caregiver may agree to whatever is necessary on paper, but if they have not been properly exposed to what that really means, many private caregivers get cold feet or queasy when it comes down to actually performing certain duties.
At Austin Home Health, our team of caregivers is not only professional and attentive but kind-hearted and fully expectant of some of the not-so-pretty aspects of caring for a senior.
The 4 Qualities of the Ideal Senior Home Caregiver
Of course, it’s easy to make a list of things to avoid. What really matters, though, is the qualities which make a caregiver someone who will truly make a difference in your loved one and family’s lives.
At Austin Home Health, we aren’t just looking to pair you with just any caregiver as quickly as possible. We’re seeking out people who subscribe to a certain personal outlook on life. That caregiver outlook is made up of these qualities:
- Empathy — We seek to place you with a caregiver who can understand and share the feelings that your loved one is going through. Caregivers with true empathy are willing to go the extra mile.
- Loyalty — Your senior home caregiver shouldn’t be showing up to work only for a paycheck. You want them to have a certain sense of familial loyalty. After all, we often see long-term caregivers who families consider adopted family.
- Integrity — Senior home care comes with its fair share of difficult situations. You want to find a caregiver who can be upfront and honest with you about their perspective of your loved one. We want to place you with a caregiver who has a strong set of moral and ethical principles.
- Adaptability — The job description of a caregiver is always changing. You need someone who is willing to roll with the punches and can easily learn new tasks, overcome challenges, and adapt to new, unique scenarios.
We’ve built our home health agency to make everything that goes along with hiring a senior home caregiver easy for you and your family. We would love to offer our years of experience. Request a phone call, today and get all of your questions answered by one of our experts, or call us now: (512) 766-0103