How to Choose a Home Care Agency – and Why Professional Care Is Best

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There are many steps involved in selecting a caregiver or companion for your senior loved one. In our continued quest to help families knowledgeably sort through their choices for home care, we offer the following three steps to determine how to choose a home care agency that will best meet the needs of your loved one:

  • Assessing Needs

With a professional home care agency, you never need to stress over identifying what services are best for your loved one’s specific challenges. Prior to the start of care, the agency will come into the senior’s home and ask several questions in order to formulate a care plan that is customized to the situation and meets the distinct needs of the person in need of care. The agency will also work with the senior’s physician or others in the care team, and help coordinate any other care services as needed.

  • Who Manages the Care?

A professional home care agency has a supervisor, usually a nurse, who will perform regular check-ins and update the plan of care as needs change. Many families also work with a professional geriatric care manager to assist with care coordination and serving as the senior’s advocate.

  • Care Transitions

Care needs may change from basic assistance with day-to-day activities and companion care to skilled health care to rehab care and back to basic assistance. A professional agency can help make these care transitions as easy and seamless as possible, providing recommendations, coordinating care needs and assisting with the transitions.

We hope that your decision in choosing an in-home caregiver is becoming more clear. Engaging the services of a caregiver or companion through a trusted home care agency, such as Stay Home Care, a top-rated provider of senior care in Nashville and throughout the nearby communities, is always the safest option. We’d love to speak with you to learn more about your loved one, and to help him or her rediscover joy in life through the companionship of our compassionate caregivers, while staying safe and independent at home. Call us at 615-964-7726 or complete our online contact form to get started and learn more about our personal care services in and around Nashville!