Things To Consider When Choosing An Elderly Home Care Service

This is a fact: Finding a home care service provider or agency is a challenging task.  There are many things you need to consider especially in determining the level of care you need.  Now, let’s take a look on the two different types of care needed by elders namely custodial care and skilled care. here we go!

Custodial Care and Skilled Care Services

Custodial care may just include environmental assistance or help with housekeeping, doing errands, shopping, meal preparation, personal care such as bathing, exercising, dressing and feeding. 

Skilled Care on the other hand is more complicated.  Aside from being mentioned above in custodial care, this kind of service includes medical services which mean knowledge on medicines is necessary for the caregiver.  Additional certification might be needed for a caregiver delivering skilled care services.

The type of Elderly Home Care Services

Home Care Aide: These are agencies that send caregivers to homes.  They send well trained caregivers and you have to pay to the agency, not on the caregiver directly unless you want to give the caregiver an incentive subject to agency’s rules and policies. You can find more details on elderly home care service on the site assisting hands.

Hospices: These are known as homes for the aged.  These are communities that accept elders in their custody.  Each patient will be attended by a caregiver.  Usually, elders who live in hospices are parents and grandparents whose immediate relatives work in distance and nobody can take and look after the elder.

Home Health Agencies:  The services include most on medication but still provide other caring services such that of home care aide.

Now, upon knowing all this, maybe you can now have an idea on which agencies you will inquire about.  Remember to assess your need and fit those needs to the services provided by the different agencies.  Always consider the patient who will be taken cared of by the caregiver.