In home care has to be an informed decision. A care provider, a person who is responsible for a senior that is generally a family member or close friend, cannot simply decide that in home care assistance is needed and expect to receive the elderly home care services necessary. A care provider has to talk to a medical specialist first. Often, a care provider will be given the information necessary for caring for a senior by a personal physician. A care provider can choose to seek out a physician or nurse for consultation. After a care provider has made an informed decision and has chosen an accredited in home care provider, care providers should seek out the medical care stipulated by a the senior’s physician or nurse. An in home care agency will then look over the senior’s medical history and confer with the caretakers as to what services it can and is willing to provide the senior. When the in home care agency and care provider have come to an agreement as to the specific care plan that will be implemented for the senior then a plan of payment will be discussed.
The decision to seek out the services of in home care can be difficult and many factors have to be weighed against one another. In the event that such a situation has to be considered the means for evaluating whether or not a senior needs in home care can be decided based on:
Ease of Home Living Environment - Homes can be a challenging environment for a senior. As seniors age it may become harder for them to do things around the house that at one time may have been routine. A home can even become a dangerous place for a senior. According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the bathroom may be the most dangerous in the house for a senior with the toilet and bath tub poising the most risk.
Location - When considering in home care a care provider has to take into account the location in which a senior lives. If the senior lives in an urban environment he or she might have easier access to a community in which he or she can receive assistance, but for seniors who live in more remote locations something as simple as walking and/or driving a to buy food may be very difficult. In such a situation a senior could become isolated and depressed. It might be for this reason alone that in home care may become a necessity.
Community - Does the senior have a network of friends and/or family for assistance? Can his or her friends and family give him or her the care necessary to live a comfortable life? Can the senior’s medical needs/ailments be met by the care provided by his or her friends and family? Can this care be provided at all times? If not than an alternative source of care, such as in home health care, may become necessary. Companion care serves many people well.
Finances - The cost of a nursing home can be extremely expensive. On average in home care is less expensive than other types of senior care.
- Medical Care - Often, senior may suffer from medical conditions or physical ailments that the average person does not know how to treat. Chronic conditions can get worse over time and other conditions may develop. In these kind of cases a routine hospital visit may not be enough to help the senior. More routine medical care may be a necessity.