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I Can Get Paid To Be A Caregiver To A Family Member?


Massachusetts Home Care Program Allows Family Members To Provide Care And Get Paid

A number of our clients have at one point served as care providers for their loved ones. Some have even been paid to be their parent’s caregiver. In Massachusetts, there are several programs which will pay family members for caring for their elderly or disabled relatives in their homes. So yes, family members can be paid to provide care, but only under certain conditions.

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Massachusetts Home Care Programs

The Massachusetts Home Care Program is a state-sponsored program administered through regional Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs).

In Massachusetts, there are 26 Aging Services Access Points. The ASAP’s role is to provide home-based services such as case management and to seniors so that they can continue to live independently in their home.

An Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) Assessment Is Needed

To receive payment for your services you will first need to have the senior undergo an assessment for their care needs. The ASAP’s designate certain agencies to conduct the assessment in your area. Click here for more information or to locate an ASAP near where you live.

The ASAP will send a team to your home to assess the need for services and help you and your family develop a service plan. The criteria for an objective assessment of activities of daily living were created by the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Depending on your family’s income, you may have to pay a monthly co-payment, which is based on a sliding scale.

Program benefit levels can change based on the state budget. Therefore check with your local ASAP for current benefits.

Eligibility for Homecare Services

To be eligible, the person receiving care must be 60 years old or older. However, applicants under age 60 years old may qualify if they have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other types of Dementia.  The service recipient must meet specific income eligibility guidelines.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts sets the maximum income for the Home Care Program for 2018 at $27,636 for individuals and $39,104 for couples.

Over Income Program

Individuals or couples whose income is higher than the income maximum may be eligible for the Over Income Program in which they would make co-payments based on a sliding scale percentage.

The service recipient must need assistance with at least six activities of daily living including:

– Eating
– Toileting
– Dressing
– Bathing
– Transportation
– Grocery Shopping
– Transferring
– Laundry
– Housework
– Medication Management
– Meal Preparation
– Money Management

At least one of the areas requiring assistance must be a “critical unmet need”. Critical unmet needs can be defined as personal care, grocery shopping, medication management, meal preparation (or a need for home-delivered meals), and transportation for respite or medical treatment.

Experienced ASAP case managers will check out the service recipient’s abilities for activities of daily living by completing an in-home assessment. Based on this assessment a service plan may provide approximately 2.5 hours per week of services.

Within the Home Care Program, there may be additional levels of support and services for those eligible, including the Enhanced Community Options Program (ECOP), Frail Elder Waiver (FEW) and Consumer Directed Care (CDC).

For details about getting paid for providing care or any of the programs above – call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636).

If You Do Not Want To Do It All Yourself And Need Help, We Can Be Of Assistance!

We understand that family members and seniors sometimes decide after careful consideration, that a do-it-yourself approach is not always the best solution for all. We can offer our services to you during a time of planning for these needs or during a crisis when you need in home care services. 

If you or your loved one needs help with personal care needs or other home care services, please call us at 1-800-296-9962.

In Home Alzheimer’s And Dementia Care Services


What Is Dementia?

Dementia is not a single disease. Dementia is a broad term that encompasses several types of progressive disorders. These disorders have a wide range of symptoms.

Most people have heard of the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimers Association of the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017, an estimated 5.3 million are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 and have what is called younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer's & Dementia Care in Norwood, MA Forms and Types of Dementia

In addition to Alzheimer’s Disease, some other forms and types of dementia include:

– Parkinsons Disease
– Huntington’s Disease
– Dementia with Lewy Bodies
– Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
– Frontotemporal Dementia
– Mixed Dementia
– Vascular Dementia
– Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome
– Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Dementias Are Progressive Brain Disorders

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other related diseases are progressive biological brain disorders and get worse over time. Years ago, almost all of those with dementia would end up in a long-term care facility as their symptoms got worse. However, now there are a range of support and medical services available to help people stay in their homes.

Care At Home vs Long Term Care Facility

While a long-term care facility option may still be the best option for many, for others receiving dementia care at home may provide more significant benefits. This doesn’t mean that family members or friends need to be the only caregivers. A reputable and experienced home care program can help your loved one with dementia live at home, safely and comfortably.

Because health and care needs vary this type of care is different for each person. Some people will benefit from having a light housekeeping visit a few hours a week to help with keeping the house clean and others may need help with shopping and meal preparation. Others may require an aide full-time to provide support for managing the seniors daily routine.

Why Is Home Care For Seniors With Dementia Needed?

Some reasons to consider in-home care for seniors with dementia include::

– People with dementia often have difficulty dealing with change. Helping them to remain at home, in a familiar setting can prevent negative behaviours that may be triggered by a change
– People with dementia need help to remember to do basic self-care tasks. A home care aide helps the person with bathing, toileting, and other hygiene needs
– Home care aides provide respite services for family and friends, especially those who serve as caregivers
– People with dementia may also need help outside the home, and an aide can help with additional support such as accompanying them to doctor’s appointments, recreational activities, and social groups
– Help with medication reminders and make sure their other medical needs get met

Challenges of Dementia For Families

The decision to care for a loved one with dementia at home poses many challenges for families and caregivers. Having brain disorders makes it increasingly difficult for those affected to think, remember what they need to do, take care of themselves and communicate with others.

Dementia can also change a person’s personality, cause mood swings and change behaviours. Because these behaviours are new to family members, they may not be prepared psychologically and physically to help their loved one.

Stages of Dementia And Care Needed

The Early stage of dementia require help with medication management, organization, money management, keeping appointments, and developing coping strategies to maintain independence. During this stage, it is crucial to make care plans for the future as the disease progresses.

The Middle stages of dementia typically last 2 to 10 years, and additional care is needed than in the Early stage of the disease. Memory is significantly affected and the individual may not recognize familiar faces, or they may become lost in an area in which they know. It is vital that an individual with dementia in this stage follow a structured schedule, which can aid in reducing feelings of anxiety and stress commonly associated with dementia.

Mood and behaviour become more erratic. There may be occasional aggression or uninhibitedness because they are losing the ability to reason.

Individuals often have difficulty with coordination and physical movements. In this stage, dementia patients need more assistance with what is appropriate clothing to wear and activities of daily living, such as feeding and dressing.

Late-stage dementia typically lasts 1 to 3 years or more. Individuals require intensive 24-hour-a-day care.

Late stage is characterized by people showing extreme confusion, both in present circumstances and remembering past events. The ability to process information becomes impaired, and the individual will have a very difficult time communicating verbally if they can do so at all.

Behavior and mood are usually unpredictable and they may even experience hallucinations. Commonly, an individual in this stage will need to move to a facility, such as a Memory Care Unit to receive the extensive care that they require.

At Home Health Care For Dementias

Unlike some home care services, our staff are trained on diseases, their progression, as well as how to handle the erratic behaviour and moods. Our team also knows why it is important and how to help maintain low-stress levels for the affected individual, instead of unintentionally escalating the stress level which some untrained caregivers may do.

Our home care staff cater to the specific needs of individuals with dementia. We work with each individual to learn about and incorporate fun activities to stimulate their memory. We also assist with activities of daily living, such as dressing, shopping, preparing meals, room modifications, medication reminders as well as helping to provide the family with support and respite for the family.

Need Help? Call Us

We understand that it is difficult to know when to seek outside help. For quality care it is essential to find a home caregiver who is experienced and qualified to handle the various and ever changing challenges of people living with dementia.  

If you or your loved ones would like to speak with our At Home Health Care For Dementia Administrator who has experience in helping people through this challenging time, please call us at 800-296-9962 for a free in-home consultation.

Local Home Care Services

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If you or a loved one need care after a hospitalization, illness or accident, you need reliable and trustworthy home care services.

Asking family or friends who they used for home care can let you know who they recommend and who to stay away from. This information is extremely helpful as personal experience is so important to get the right care for your needs.

Calling your local Better Business Bureau, local Chamber of Commerce, Senior Center, or Town Hall, can give you information on highly rated companies in your area.

The Different Types Of Home Care Available

Nursing Care

The most common form of health care at home is some type of nursing care. A registered nurse will work with your doctor to set up a plan of care. This type of home care typically includes medical care such as ostomy care, pain control, intravenous therapy, administering medication, wound dressing changes, monitoring vitals, and related medical services.

Homemaker Servcies

When a patient is being medically cared for in the home, they are often not able to do basic chores, and Homemaker or basic assistance care. services are needed to maintain the household with tasks such as shopping,  meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, transportation, and other housekeeping chores.

Home Health Aides

Home health aides are hired to help the patient with his or her basic personal needs such as bathing, toileting, getting out of bed,  dressing, and walking.

Companionship

Patients that are home alone they benefit from Companionship services to provide support, monitoring, and maybe care oversight. Companions, if needed, may perform occasional household duties.

The Best Homecare Services

Unique Homecare Services has a reputation for treating our patients the way we would want to be treated, with care and respect. We would like to show that we are the best home care service ofening all the services you may require.

To schedule a free in-home consultation, please call us at (800) 296-9962

Finding The Best Home Care Agency


What Makes A Great Home Care Agency?

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The best home care agencies provide services that sets them apart from other home care agencies. This is a list of best practices and qualities that professional agencies exemplify on a daily basis that set them apart.

Staff Screening

Thorough screening of staff is essential to protecting your loved ones. The best agencies will screen staff with background checks and a thorough check of all work and personal references. This ensures that each employee has impeccable references and a history of reliability and treating people with dignity and respect. Candidates 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 home care agencies recruit staff with the most experience providing home care services. They make sure their 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 care provider.

Flexibility

The best home care agency recruit staff that can be flexible with their hours. Thus, when a client requires additional care, the staff can accommodate their increased need. The agency also needs sufficient backup staff that can meet any increased care needs including nights and weekend.

They Care

The best home care agencies recruit the type of caregiver that they would want to care for their own parents. They look for staff with a positive, cooperative attitude. The correct attitude and values need come from the top down in the company. They understand that caring for someone means treating them as a human being first and is of the utmost importance. They understand that respecting people shows that you care.

We Are Here to Help

At Unique Homecare Services,  we strive every day to be the finest home care agencies. All of our caregivers are screened, trained and share our desire to provide the best home care possible.

Give us a call at 800-296-9962 or Schedule A free In Home Assessment to learn how we can help you with your home care needs.

Options When 24 Hour Care Is Needed


When Care Is Needed Around-The-Clock You Have
The Option Of Choosing 24 Hour Care Or Live-In Care

Advantages of 24 hour home care or live-in care over an assisted living facility or nursing home is a lower cost and the ability of the senior, disabled individual, or post hospital recovery client to be able to stay in their home.

24 HOUR CARE

24 Hour Care

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

Advantages of 24 Hour Care

The advantages of using 24 hour care are that a caregiver will be with the person at all times, day or night. 

They will be awake all 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 alert because this type of care replaces a caregiver with another fresh caregiver every 8 or 12 hours.

Disadvantages of 24 Hour Care

The disadvantage of 24 hour care is the higher cost of services versus live-in care, as 24 hour care is billed at an hourly rate versus a flat, live-in rate. Live-in care typically cost half the cost of 24 hour care.

Additionally, 24 hour care has less continuity of caregivers making this less desirable where the client wants or needs the same person providing all the 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. This assessment allows us to meet with you and your family so that we can determine your unique needs.

Together we will determine the best option 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 takes 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.

Options When Live In Care Is Needed


When Care Is Needed Around-The-Clock You Have
The Option Of Choosing Live-In Care Or 24 Hour Care

Advantages of live-in care or 24 hour home care over an assisted living facility or nursing home is a lower cost and the ability of the senior, disabled individual, or post hospital recovery client to be able to stay in their home.

LIVE IN CARE

Live-In Care

Live In care involves a single caregiver providing care to 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 attends to the client.

In a 24 hour period, it is customary for a 4 hour break to be given to the Live in 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 on an hourly rate.

Advantages of Live In Care

Live in caregiver rates are half the cost of 24 hour care.  

With Live in care the number of caregivers is reduced. Ideally, two caregivers are scheduled for the whole week coverage. This provides the client with the consistency of care and gives the senior, disabled, or post hospitalized person an opportunity to get to know and build a relationship with their two 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 the break period is needed and if so, who provides this care, a family or another caregiver. If care is provided during the break, there is an additional hourly cost on top of the flat live-in rate.

As the caregiver is given a mandatory 8 hour sleeping break, there is no direct care or supervision during this 8 hour time frame.

How To Decide Which Type Of Care Is Better

To determine which option, Live in care or 24 hour care is needed, we suggest you have an In Home Assessment. Then together we can help you 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.

Please call us at (800) 296-9962 for more information.

Alzheimer’s Disease And Home Care Needs

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, irreversible, disorder of the brain that slowly destroys thinking and memory skills, and eventually the ability to carry out simple tasks. Among older adults, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The disease was named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who, in 1906, noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included language problems, memory loss, and unpredictable behavior. Dr Alzheimer examined her brain after she died and found many abnormal clumps (now called amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of fibers (now called neurofibrillary, or tau, tangles).

These plaques and tangles in the brain are still considered some of the main elements of Alzheimer’s disease. Another element is the loss of connections between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain. Neurons transmit messages between different parts of the brain, and from the brain to muscles and organs in the body.

Although treatment can help manage symptoms in certain people, there is no cure for this debilitating disease.

How Does Alzheimer’s Affect the Brain?

We know that Alzheimer’s disease is an illness that changes people’s brain. It causes people to lose the ability to think, remember, and use good judgment. Those with Alzheimer’s disease may have trouble taking care of themselves. As the disease progresses over time, we know more help will likely be needed.

Caregivers and Alzheimers

For caregivers, we know that taking care of a person with Alzheimer’s disease can make you feel good because you are providing love and comfort, however, other times, it can feel stressful and overwhelming. Oftentimes, caregivers do not even realize how much they have taken on because many of the changes can happen slowly over a long period of time.

What Are the Behaviors Of People With Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can cause people to act in different and unpredictable ways. Some individuals become anxious or aggressive. Others repeat certain questions or gestures. Many misinterpret what they hear. These types of reactions can lead to misunderstanding, frustration and tension, particularly between the person with dementia and the caregiver. It is important to understand that the person with Alzheimer’s Disease is not trying to be difficult and that all behavior is an attempt at communication.

Tips For Caregivers In Dealing With Loved Ones Who Have Alzheimers

The Alzheimer’s Association® offers some helpful suggestions for responding to dementia related behaviors.

The following three-step approach can help you identify common dementia-related behaviors and their causes.

  1. Examine the behavior

What was the behavior? Was it harmful? › Did something trigger it? › What happened immediately after? › Could something be causing the person pain? › Could this be related to medications or illness? Consult a physician to be sure.

 

  1. Explore potential solutions

Are the person’s needs being met? › Can adapting the surroundings comfort the person? How can you change your reaction or approach?

 

  1. Try different responses

Did your new response help?  Do you need to explore other potential causes and solutions? If so, what can you do differently?

 

Why Does My Loved One Do These Negative Behaviors And How Can I Help?

Although it can be frustrating to deal with a loved one with these behaviors- it can be helpful if you try and understand that the purpose of this new behavior is related to their Alzheimers. You shouldn’t take it personally, or think the person is doing the behavior intentionally.

Negative behavior may be related to: Physical pain or discomfort, illness, medication, hunger or thirst. Overstimulation from loud noises or a busy environment.  Unfamiliar surroundings such as new places, or the inability to recognize home. Complicated tasks, such as difficulty with activities or chores.  Frustrating interactions, such as an inability to communicate effectively which may cause fear, anxiety or sadness.

Once you understand what the person is trying to communicate- you can try and provide them with what they need, and this typically helps stop or lessen the behavior.

We’d Like To Help

We at Unique Home Care services understand that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s alone is difficult without help because we have helped may people in similar situations. We offer live in and per diem private care staff to help you in whatever way works for you and your family.  Call us for a free in home consultation at (800) 296-9962.

For more details on How to respond when dementia causes unpredictable behaviors, download the full Alzheimers Association guide here: https://www.alz.org/national/documents/brochure_behaviors.pdf

More information about Alzheimer’s disease can be found here:

https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/caring-person-alzheimers-disease/understanding-ad

Home Health Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Why Home Health Care for Seniors and People With Disabilities?

Home Health Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

There are many types of home health care for seniors and people with disabilities. When people get to a point where they are not able to do things for themselves either due to aging, accident,  illness or disability, home health care is a great option to living in expensive and isolating institutional care.  It is important when considering a home health care agency to get an in-home assessment. During this assessment, it is important to convey what services you feel you need as well as what services are being provided by other agencies. This article will review some of the types of home health care services that are available.

Types of Home Health Care

 

Personal Care

One type of care is called personal care, non-medical care or private duty work.  The purpose of this type of care, is to help seniors, and people with disabilities, to live independently, in a safe, active, and familiar setting. This type of care is often the preferred type of care given the alternative, which is people moving out of their homes into a more expensive, typically smaller and less desirable setting.

Home health care services include assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s), every day activities that people do independently.  Home health care personal care ADL’s include assistance with dressing, toileting, continence, meal preparation, feeding, bathing, laundry, and transferring (walking). An individual’s ability to perform these ADLs is an important part of understanding the type of services that are needed.

 

Companionship

Another home care service home health agencies provide is companionship. Seniors and people with disabilities often need to be transported and accompanied to medical appointments, recreational activities, and shopping.

 

A Wide Variety of Customized Care

Home Care provided to seniors and people with Disabilities can vary from those who need a little extra help such as a few hours a week of care, to those who may need 24 hours a day and 7 days a week care. Live-in home health care is also available for those who need that service.

 

Respite Care

Some family caregivers even use home health care services as respite services. Using home care services as respite services is a great idea because it allows the family member a chance to take a break from providing care to their loved one, and can be a big stress reliever, especially for those family members, who have children or others to care for as well, or who need to travel or go on vacation.

 

Medication Reminders

Medication Reminders can be essential to helping people live independently because it has been estimated that four out of five adults are currently taking at least one medication while nearly one-third of adults are taking more than four prescription medications. Especially for seniors, getting medication reminder and assistance with labels can be a big help to remain independent.

 

Light Housekeeping

This type of Home Health, light housekeeping services, includes vacuuming, mopping of floors, dusting, cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. Picking up after the individual also helps in preventing accidents from slips and falls.

 

Getting Help: Start With A Service Plan

In order to provide customized care for each client, home health care agencies need to perform an assessment. The assessment looks at the strengths of the individual, and areas of From the assessment, we create a service plan which can include care provided for a few hours a week, to full time care. This all depends on the unique health care needs of the individual.

To get your free in-home assessment-give us a call at 800-296-9962 or send us a message.

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.

Best Homecare Agencies Dedham MA

Who Are The Best Home Care Agencies Dedham MA?

When you have the responsibility for the care of a loved one, you don’t want to trust just anyone to help.

Best Homecare Agencies Dedham MA

If you or a loved one need personal care, otherwise known as home care, you need an agency that has experience and a track record of helping families put together a plan that is affordable and responsive to the needs of the person needing the care.

If you know of other people who have been through the same situation -the best thing to do is to ask them who they know and trust to help with homecare services. Having personal experience with an agency is the best way of assessing their capabilities.

 

Agencies vs. Individuals

If you do not have any friends or family who know of a good agency, and you are not aware of any resources-it pays to take the time to do some research on the best homecare agencies in your local area. The reason we mention agencies vs. individual homecare providers is that the individual provider may have to juggle the individual needs and schedules of many patients. This makes their availability very limited. They may get sick, take vacation, or  need to spend more time with another client whose health may be declining. They also may not have the level of skill needed to care for you or your loved one should their health needs become more complex.

Advantages of Working with an Agency

Given these difficulties mentioned above, in dealing with an individual- we recommend you choose a homecare agency who can assign a homecare worker, but who also has additional staff members, and even more specialized care, if it is needed.

Another advantage of an agency is that they typically have a wider range of services available because they can draw from many different team members or established partners.

Still another advantage of an agency is that they fully screen their staff because their reputation is essential for their success as a business. They do background checks, and check references to ensure that the people they hire are responsible and have a clean background.

Screening Agencies

We do recommend you take the time to screen the agency to determine if it is a good fit. You want to make sure the agency provides all the services you need so you only have to deal with one agency, if possible.

Potential Questions to Ask Homecare Agencies Include:

  • How long have you been providing this service to the community?
  • Do you have references that are familiar with you work?
  • Do you provide in-home evaluations of the patient’s home care needs? If so, what does the evaluation entail?
  • Do you offer the patient and their family a care plan?
  • Do you have 24 hour availability for your care givers?
  • What are your fees, and services?

Download the Guide to the Choosing the Best Homecare Agencies for more details.

Contact Us.  We’d love to hear from you!

If you found this information helpful and you’d like to learn more about whether you or your loved one qualifies for in home care services request a personalized in home price quote by clicking here, or just call us at (800) 296-9962 to set up your free, no obligation, in home assessment.

 

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