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Time For In-Home Care For Your Parent? 3 Steps To Take To Make The Right Choice

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If you're in the process of choosing in home caretakers for your parent, it's important that you choose the right one. Most in-home care providers will give your parent the care they need. However, since your home healthcare workers will be with your parent throughout the day, you want to make sure that the care they receive goes beyond the basic. Here are three steps you can take to ensure that you choose the right in-home care for your parent.

Give Them a Trial Run

Once you've chosen the healthcare provider for your parent, you'll want to choose specific workers that will be spending time with your parent. The best way to do that is with a trial run. Arrange to have a couple different workers come into your home to care for your parent. Schedule one at a time so that you can see how they interact with your parent. Once you've watched them interact with your parent, arrange to have them come back for a one-on-one visit while you're away. This will give your parent the opportunity to see if they like working with them. It will also allow you to compare notes.

Request References

When choosing home health workers to care for your parent, it's important that you know as much about them as possible. While most healthcare providers will provide you with experienced workers, you still need to go one step farther. Before you choose healthcare workers to care for your parent, ask for references.


While you're making your decision, ask your home care provider about client references for any other in-home workers you're considering. This will give you a better idea of how clients feel about specific workers.

Healthcare Providers

When gathering references, you should also ask for references from healthcare professionals, such as doctors and nurses who may have contact with the home health workers. Receiving references from healthcare professionals will help alert you to potential problems.

Ask About Emergency Protocol

When it comes to finding care for your parents, you want to know that help will be available in an emergency. Before you choose a home healthcare worker for your parent, make sure they understand any emergency protocol that might be in place. It's also important that they have experience caring for the medical conditions your parent may be suffering from.

Now that you're choosing in-home care for your parent, use the tips provided here to choose the right one.