A Guide to Assist You When Starting Home Care
If you’ve decided that home care is the best option for you, you may be wondering how to get started.
With so many home care agencies out there, it can be hard to know what to look for. There are different types of home care services available and learning what your options are can help you determine what will work best for your situation. Here are a few tips to guide you through the process of choosing an agency and starting home care:
- The best way to begin is by doing some research to learn about what kinds of services are offered by agencies in your area. Most home care agencies have websites that explain their services and whether or not they’re accredited. You can also request a brochure from the agency if you’d rather have printed material to read through. To give you a better idea of what to look for when you’re doing your research, we’ve come up with 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Home Care Agency, which you can have emailed to you directly by filling out the form on our homepage.
- If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call and ask for more information. A home care agency should address your specific needs, and talking to someone in the office can give you a better idea of whether they take a personal approach to home care.
- Identify what type of care will work best for your lifestyle. Do you need round the clock live-in care? Complex care for a health condition? Personal home care support for light housekeeping or meal preparation? Finding an agency that offers the services you need allows you to live in the moments that matter to you while working around your schedule.
- Once you’ve called an agency to set up home care, you may receive a welcome package with information about what to expect. After speaking with you to learn about your preferences and the type of care you’d like, the agency should assign a health care worker who is best suited to meet your needs. A reputable agency will work with you to develop a personalized care plan and will never assume they know what’s best for you.
Starting home care can seem like an intimidating process, but it doesn’t have to be. If you find your needs change after you start home care, a reputable agency will work with you to meet your changing needs. To speak with one of our office members and learn about the services we offer at Classic, call us in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary or Edmonton.