Selecting the best care is essential when it comes to the health and overall well-being of your loved ones. Many people provide daily assistance to their elderly family members or friends so that they are still able to live in their homes, but this can be both a physically and mentally demanding job, especially if you are juggling another job and a family. Luckily, there are plenty of options for a home health aide in the Twin Cities.
When you devote so much love and energy to caregiving, it may be difficult to trust a stranger with the care of your loved one. Whether you hire a respite care professional directly or go through an agency, you can alleviate your fears by doing some basic research.
Taking the time to find the perfect respite care professional is vital, both for your peace of mind and for your loved one’s safety. Here are some key things to keep in mind when researching for a home health aide in the Twin Cities:
- Conduct in-depth, in-person interviews with each potential candidate. This will give you the best possible idea of what this person is like and how they will interact with your loved one. If you would prefer to initially screen applicants by phone, make sure you always have a follow up in-person interview before making your final decision.
- Specify all tasks, skills and schedules involved for the position. Indicate which ones are of utmost priority, especially if you have a loved one with complex medical issues that require additional experience.
- Discuss compensation and payment schedules. Ask candidates whether they prefer cash or check for their payments, and never pay for services in advance. When you contact references, ask them about the candidate’s trustworthiness, punctuality, reliability, and ability to handle stress.
- Ask for several professional and personal references and be sure to check them carefully. Verify that all information provided it up-to-date and accurate. Or perhaps consider a background check. Professional services typically cost between $100-$150 and will alert you of any serious problems or records. Consult your local police department, attorney or legal aid service for recommendations.
Although home care agencies and referral systems are typically more expensive than independent providers, they are often much easier to use. Here is a basic breakdown of the difference between home care agencies and referral systems.
- A home care agency finds and places providers with families, and typically provides substitutes if your provider is sick or absent. They also handle payroll, so you don’t have to worry about developing a compensation plan and schedule. If you run into any problems with your provider, you’ll be able to contact the agency to mediate the situation, which is not an option if you select an independent home health aide in the Twin Cities.
- Referral services work to match you with a local program that best suits the need of your loved one. These specialists have a thorough knowledge of the local program options and are able to help you navigate their systems. You can find these specialists by looking at online registries, newspaper ads or the yellow pages.
The Benefits of Agencies
There are also a few additional benefits to working with an agency like Unveiling Health. One of which is the additional training and certifications agencies ensure the caregivers on their staff complete. You can rest easy knowing that caregivers have extensive training that is managed directly through the agency, to ensure caregivers are able to act as an experienced extension of your family when providing care. Additionally, agencies allow families to have more flexibility with the services they’re looking to receive for their loved ones.
Regardless of which option you choose, it’s important to always include your loved one in the hiring process if he or she is able and willing to participate. This will ensure that both parties feel comfortable with one another and that your loved one’s needs are heard and respected. At Unveiling Health, we’re a full-service company providing respite care in the Twin Cities. But, our care goes beyond that, as well. We think it’s important that our Partners continue to grow in this journey of life, despite the fact that they might need a little help along the way.
For more information on our services and how they can help you and your loved ones, drop us a note through our contact form or call us directly at 651-340-9387.