The task of choosing a home care agency for your loved one can seem daunting since they are all so different, but a good way to start is by listing the needs of your loved one. From there, you can match your requirements with the services that the various home care agencies in New York offer, and narrow your list with further criteria such as reputation, credentials and pricing.
You probably need several sheets of paper to list the various types of needs: day-to-day, transportation, medical, social, bigger picture needs and so on. If changes in your senior citizen’s health are likely very soon, factor that in as well.
Once you have your list of needs, confirm with the home care agencies you’re considering that they can meet each and every need.
Possible service needs
Day-to-day care: Common needs for day-to-day care include:
• meal preparation
• appointment reminders
• progress documentation
• help with reading
• laundry assistance
• making beds
• caring for pets
• answering doorbells, telephone calls and helping with email and postal mail
• checking medications
• writing grocery lists and helping with shopping
• planning social outings
• help with paying bills
Post-operative care: Not all home care agencies in New York have specialized experience with post-operative care. It’s best to look for one that can help with a wide range of surgeries, including cardiac and orthopedic. Other common surgeries include hip and knee replacements, eye surgery, plastic surgery, prostate surgery, shoulder surgery and gastrointestinal.
Specialized care: If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or needs extra assistance, then care requirements you may need include:
helping with selecting clothes and with dressing
• assistance with bathing and grooming
• walking help indoors and outdoors
• medication reminders
• support in reaching and lifting
Situations that may require specialized care include Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, incontinence, stroke and Parkinson’s. Hospice care and respite care are also situations that can call for specialized care.