According to the Administration for Community Living, someone turning 65 today has almost a 70 percent chance of needing long-term services and care in their remaining years. Getting in-home care can make receiving care easy as it allows you to stay in place and keep your sense of community.
Finding the right senior home care agency for your exact needs can be a difficult process. But knowing what to look for can make things simple as you begin to narrow down your search.
A few things to look for include:
- Services Offered
- The Agency’s Qualifications
- The Cost of Services
Talking to your doctor, friends, and family will help you learn about the types of services you need. By speaking with your doctor, you’ll be able to confirm any medical assistance you’ll need and start looking into agencies that provide that type of care. If you currently receive assistance from friends or family members, speaking with them will help you with additional insight.
Senior home care agencies can offer a variety of services such as meal preparation, assistance with hygiene, and transportation. By asking an agency about the full range of services they offer, you’ll be able to find the best fit for your current and possible future needs.
The Agency’s Qualifications
Checking for qualifications ensures you’re getting the best care possible. Federal home health aide (HHA) standards require a minimum of 75 total classroom and clinical training hours. When talking to an agency, be sure to ask them about the level of training and education their caregivers offer as well as their staff’s availability. Getting recommendations from others and reading client testimonials can also help you with making a decision.
At Bluebird Homecare, we’re proud to be recognized by our employers and customers with Best in Home Care Awards for both Provider and Employer of Choice, as well as Leader In Excellence, in various locations.
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The Cost of Services
Knowing how much you can pay will afford you to stay within your budget. And finding the right financial fit is often the most difficult part. Many home care agencies bill by the hour with the amount being higher or lower than their average due to a variety of factors such as volume, type, and frequency of services provided.
Other factors that can impact the cost of a senior home care agency include location, services, and additional fees. It’s important that you choose a care agency that is upfront and transparent about costs to prevent any surprises or interruptions in service.
Receive Care at Home with Bluebird Homecare
We can design an appropriate, customized plan of care for you or your loved one. We work with you to conduct a comprehensive initial assessment and then use that information to design and recommend a proposed plan of care. We review the plan with you on a regular basis and adjust it as necessary. With your permission, we will gladly coordinate with other professionals on your care team to make sure you are receiving the level of care that is most appropriate.
Our services include:
- Condition Specific Care
- Companionship Services
- Laundry & Light Housekeeping
- Meal Preparation Help
- Personal Health & Hygiene Care
- Transportations, Outings & Errands Help
We’re dedicated to providing high-quality, in-home care at an affordable price to families and individuals who expect the best. We serve private pay clients and families who pay directly for their own services and can work with you if you have long-term insurance.
Contact us today to learn more about our in-home care services.