Best At Home Care Staffing Agencies

Who Are The Best At Home Care Staffing Agencies?

Best At Home Care Staffing Agencies

It’s no mystery that the Best At Home Care Staffing Agencies do a bunch of things right that sets them apart from the rest of the agencies offering homecare services. We’ve pulled together of list of best practices and qualities that we believe the Best At Home Care Staffing Agencies exemplify on a daily basis that set them apart from the rest.

Staff Screening

Thorough screening of staff is essential to protecting your loved ones. The best agencies will screen for background checks as well as a thorough check of all work and personal references. This insures that each employee has impeccable references and a history of reliability and treating people with dignity and respect. They also undergo a thorough interview process to make sure that each employee has the requisite skills, education, and attitude necessary to provide the most competent, compassionate, and caring services available.

Staff Experience

The best agencies seek staff with the most experience providing homecare services. They look for people with this experience because they want to make sure they can do what they say they can, and do it well. Many agencies will provide initial supervision to new employee to make sure they provide the care in the best manner possible rather than assume they learned correctly the first time. Training The best agencies have staff that have been trained well. They make sure staff had the proper credentials and the programs they graduated from are accredited programs. They also take the time to work with the staff in the home, for a period of time, to make sure that they deliver the services in a competent, and caring way, and to make sure that the patient feels comfortable with the provider.

Flexibility

The best home care agency chooses staff that can be flexible with their hours. This way, if a client needs more care than they are currently receiving, the staff can accommodate the increased need. The agency also has sufficient backup staff that can meet any increased needs, which include nights and weekend hours.

They Care

The best home care agencies seek staff that they would want  to care for their own parents. They look for staff with the right attitude, because they ultimately represent the agency. Therefore, having a positive, cooperative attitude is key for all staff. This attitude must come from the top down; from the owner of the company, to the staff it chooses to deliver the care, everyone has to not only convey, but also live the same values of wanting to improve the lives of the people who need their care. They understand that caring for someone means treating them as a human being first, and is of the utmost importance. They believe that respecting people shows that you care.

We Are Here to Help

Here at Unique Homecare Services,  we strive, everyday, to be one of the Best At Home Care Staffing Agencies. To that end, all of our caregivers are screened and trained, and share our desire to provide the best home care possible. If you like what you just read about quality of care- then give us a call at 800-296-9962 or Schedule A free In Home Assessment. We look forward to getting back to you as quickly as possible.

24 Hour Care: When Is It Recommended?

Options When 24 Hour Care Is Needed

24 HOUR CARE

When care is needed around-the-clock, you have the option of choosing 24 hour care or live-in care.  Both options ensure that a caregiver will be present during the day as well as in the evening and early morning hours.

Advantages to these types of care over an assisted living facility or nursing home is mainly in the cost, and the ability of the senior, disabled individual, or post hospital recovery to be able to stay in their home.

24 hour care is also different from live in care, in several respects, as outlined below.

24 Hour Care

Typically, 24 hour care, involves two caregivers who are scheduled daily, and they each work a 12 hour shift. In cases where it makes more sense from a medical or other perspective, there are 3 caregivers who will each work an 8-hour shift. These shifts do not involve a caregiver sleeping in the home to provide care, and caregivers, if they work a 12 hour shift, usually work no more than 4 times per week. As far as billing goes, 24 hour care is billed at an hourly rate.

Advantages of 24 Hour Care:

The advantages of using 24 hour care is that a caregiver will be with the person at all times, day or night.  They will also be awake, during the night, and early morning hours, to ensure that your loved one has someone who can care for their needs, 24 hours a day. Many people prefer this option, especially if your loved one has a condition in which they wander, or need care at all hours of the day or night.  24 hour care allows caregivers to be more awake and alert because this type of care provides at least one caregiver to be replaced by another every 8 or 12 hours.

Disadvantages of 24 Hour Care:

The disadvantage of this type of care is the higher cost of care versus live-in care, because it is billed at an hourly rate versus a flat, live-in rate, which is lower. Live-in care costs typically are half the cost of 24 hour care. Also, 24 Hour Care has less continuity of caregivers making this less desirable where the client wants or needs a familiar face providing care.

How Do You Decide Which Type Of Care Is Better?

To help you decide which type of care is better, we suggest you request an In Home Assessment. The assessment allows us to meet with you and your family so that we can determine your unique needs. Together we will determine the best type of care for you or your loved one.  Part of our assessment involves getting the input of your medical care team.  This will help us make an informed decision which will take into account all of the medical, emotional, and financial considerations. To learn more, or request an in home assessment- call us at (800) 296-9962.

To learn more about Live-In Care-see our article entitled: Live In Care: When Is It Recommended?

Live In Care: When Is It Recommended?

Live In Care

LIVE IN CARE

Live In care, involves just one caregiver providing care the client in a 24 hour time frame. Typically, the caregiver is scheduled for a maximum of four or five days per week. For the remainder of the days of the week, a different caregiver is obtained. In the 24 hour period, it is customary for a 4 hour break to be given to the caregiver. One must decide if they would like to provide additional home healthcare coverage for these 4 hours. The caregiver for the live-in shift is provided with an 8 hour sleeping break, and a bed must be provided for the caregiver. Billing for live-in caregivers is done at a flat rate per day.  Coverage for the 4 hour break, if needed, is paid for, using an hourly rate.

Advantages of Live-In Care:

The first advantage, as mentioned previously, is that Live-in caregiver rates are half the cost of 24 hour care.  Another big advantage of having live-in care- is that the number of caregivers is reduced. Ideally, two caregivers are scheduled for the whole week. This provides the client with consistency of care and gives the senior, disabled, or post hospitalized person an opportunity to get to know, and build a relationship with their caregivers.

Disadvantages of Live-In Care

One disadvantage of using live-in care is that there is a 4 hour break given to the daytime caregiver. You have to decide if care during this period is needed. And if so, who  provides this care; the family, or another caregiver? This 4 hour time frame, if care is provided, will be an additional hourly cost, on top of the 24 hour flat live-in rate, also being billed. Also, because the caregiver is given a mandatory sleeping break- the client will not have any direct care or supervision during this 8 hour time frame.

How Do You Decide Which Type Of Care Is Better?

In order to decide which type of care is needed we suggest you have an In Home Assessment so that together we can determine the best type of care for you or your loved one.  We also recommend getting the input of your medical care team so that you can make an informed decision that takes into account your medical, emotional, and financial considerations. We’d love to help if you need our assistance. Feel free to call us at (800) 296-9962.

To learn more about 24 Hour Care-see our article entitled: 24 Hour Care: When Is It Recommended?