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Safest Home Care Agencies

The Safest Home Care Agencies

Safest Home Care Agencies

According to the latest census data in 2014, the older population, persons 65 years or older, numbered 46.2 million. Those 65 and older represented 14.5% of the U.S. population, which is about one out of every seven Americans. It is estimated that by 2060, there will be about 98 million older Americans, which is more than twice the number in 2014.

 

Safer At Home

As a result of this population growth trend, the need for home care services is also increasing.  In addition to changes in population demographics, there is a growing preference for seniors to receive care in their home as opposed to a facility such as a nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility.  In fact, nine out of ten senior citizens prefer care in the home over nursing home care.

There is increasing concern about Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), an infection caused by bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics, as well as exposure to other infectious diseases. Seniors are most vulnerable to developing infectious conditions due to their lower immune systems and increased contact with others in medical facilities. Home care avoids this exposure by providing care in the home and therefore reducing exposure.

 

Safe Home Caregivers: How Do You Choose?

To have a stranger come into your home takes a great deal of trust. You need to feel comfortable that the care provider is competent and has been screened properly. Unique Homecare Services prides itself on being a model for thorough screening. Our procedure for screening safe homecare providers is as follows:

To screen good caregivers, we request certificates, TB tests, doctors’ notes, verification of employment, and we request and check references. Caregivers who are certified nursing assistants, or CNAs and have at least 2 years of experience have the priority. We also provide our caregivers with worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Most importantly, we do thorough background checks.

By going through this type of hiring screening process we make sure that we are sending the right caregivers to represent our company, and the best in home-care givers for our clients. This is what the safest home care agencies do.

 

Homecare: A Familiar and Comfortable Environment

Excellent home care helps keep seniors in their most comfortable environment, which decreases anxiety and confusion. Home care is proven to be a reliable way to manage chronic conditions and reduce expensive hospital visits. Also some research shows that those in home health care, heal more quickly in their homes.

 

Home Care Services

Home health care includes both medical services as well as personal care services. Home health care agencies like ours, Unique Homecare services, provide custom tailored, personalized care planning through a thorough screening. We arrange and monitor in-home assistance.  We also help with completing forms and health and service related paperwork. We act as a liaison with family members when family members are not in the local area or when they are not available due to other commitments.

 

Home Personal Care Services

Personal care services include: bathing and dressing assistance, shopping, meal preparation, assistance with physical activities, laundry and light housekeeping. Unique Homecare services is a comprehensive homecare service for not only seniors but for individuals of all ages. We help those facing all types of medical challenges, those with special needs, those with a disability, and aging adults with care needs,

 

Need Help?  Contact Us Now

If you or your loved one needs home care services- please contact us for a free in home consultation today at (800) 296-9962.  We will work with you to tailor an affordable care plan that meets your needs.

Is a Home Care Agency or an Independent Personal Attendant Better?

The Decision: Home Care Agency vs. Independent Personal Attendant ?

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Many families find themselves trying to determine which is the better decision, to hire an independent personal attendant  which may have  a lower cost versus hiring and agency. The decision to hire a home care agency or an independent personal attendant should take into account all the factors outlined in this article.

 

Home Care Agency vs Independent Personal Attendant Which Is Better:  Considerations

Quick Response

A home care agency has the resources to be able to fill your request more quickly because they have more staff to draw from. Unlike a single person who may be booked with other clients, or unavailable when you need them due to illness or vacations.

 

Protection

A home care agency is bound by state and federal regulations and standards to which they must comply. All home care agency staff are bonded and insured, and have liability & workers’ comp. insurance. So, in the rare case that a caregiver would hurt themselves in your home they would not sue your homeowners insurance policy. The single independent personal attendant may not have that coverage.

 

Quality control

A Home care agency typically has a supervisor who manages all cases and supervises all staff to ensure the client and family are satisfied with the care provided.  Family members are communicated with and updated on a regular basis.  The independent care provider reports to no one and may not be held to the same standard of care and communication.

 

Ongoing Care Training

Most Home care agencies offer continuing education caregiver training as a benefit for employees and as a way to keep quality of care high.  For many agencies, this training is mandatory and some is provided at work. The individual personal care attendant may or may not continue to build upon their skills and knowledge.

 

Background Checks

Home care agencies routinely screen applicants carefully at the time of hire.  Many have several types of background checks. For independent personal attendants it is your responsibility to check the background of the individual.

 

Variety of Care Available

With Home Care agencies you have access to a full range of care providers as the needs of your loved one change.   If the amount of care, or the level of skill needed changes-home care agencies can fill your needs.  With the independent care provider- the skills are fixed to the particular individual, so if the needs of your loved one change you have to search for additional providers to help. This is not always practical in an emergency situation.

If you would like to learn more about the fill range of services a Home care agency can provide-  call us at (800) 296-9962

 

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