Updated: Aug 22, 2019
While senior living facilities are used frequently so is the option of providing seniors care at home. For many seniors their needs are not great but they do need some help. Perhaps they need someone to give them a shower a few times a week or help them with some light housekeeping or laundry. These are some of the things you can get from home health care agencies. The key to finding good home caregivers is to do a lot of research into the companies that provide them. There are many companies out there claiming to provide care but you need to do the research to make sure they have the insurance and bonding they claim they do. You also want to meet with the company in person and see what the office is like and the people working there. Is it organized? Do people seem to know what they are talking about? There is a lot to learn just from the first meeting.
Finding a home caregiver will sometimes mean you get one and it doesn't work out and you have to try a different one. That is ok as long as you find someone that your loved one feels safe and happy with. Make sure that you are open and honest about all the needs your senior has. You aren't doing anyone a favor by avoiding things or worrying that they won't give you a caregiver. These places want to help you but in order to find the right person they need as much information as you can give them.
Asking for referrals is key. Many times people will find someone outside of an agency to do the caregiving and that can be a wonderful option. Make sure you know what that means as far as whether or not you know enough about the person to have them in your home. Agencies do background checks and have other means of vetting their help.
What can often work the best is a combination of family care and some outside care if that works for your senior and their needs.