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Home Care Providers

Home. There’s no place like it, and that’s why an increasing number of seniors and disabled adults are choosing to spend their autumn years in the comfort of their own homes. Many opt to personally search out their own care provider instead of using an agency or moving to a facility. MyCareMatch.com can help make this search much easier, and the results more satisfying.

Independent home care givers typically provide personal care assistance to facilitate the activities of daily living, such as:

  • Bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Personal and toilet hygiene; bowel and bladder care
  • Mobility or transferring from one area to another
  • Feeding and eating
  • Assistance with memory or cueing

Independent home care workers also provide assistance with instrumental activities of daily living (activities not necessary for daily living) such as:

  • Cleaning and housework
  • Shopping
  • Medication Management
  • Meal Preparation
  • Transportation

In addition to providing personal care, independent care givers also provide assistance in other areas, such making arrangements for appointments, communicating with others, operating technical devices or simply providing companion care and someone to talk to. Regular visits by a care provider can give much-needed socialization and moral support to someone unable to easily leave their home.

Benefits of Using an Independent Home Care Provider:

When considering your home care options, keep in mind that there are essentially two options: a home care agency or an independent home care giver. Many people choose an independent home care provider due to several factors, including:

  • Ability to be selective and choose your own care giver. This allows you to find a provider that’s a perfect fit or match for you or your loved one. For a care arrangement to be successful long term, it’s important to find a care provider who’s not only qualified, but who has a compatible personality and preferences similar to your own.
  • Consistency of care. Once you’ve selected and trained your care giver according to your specific needs, he or she will be the only person providing that in-home care. Unlike other care options, you won’t be inconvenienced by unfamiliar care providers being scheduled in, needing retraining. A long-term care relationship can develop which develops routine, familiarity and often, friendships. This also allows care providers to become intimately knowledgeable of your care requirements and preferences, providing a safer care environment.
  • You control your own care arrangements. With an independent care provider, you make all the decisions or changes regarding your care, your care plan and how many hours are needed.
  • You control your care giver’s compensation. You also determine wage and schedule. Because you will pay the care provider directly, your care giver has the opportunity to take home their hourly income, instead of having an agency take a portion—thus your care giver earns more per hour. This often also means that you pay less than you would by contracting with an agency. It’s recommended that you set a fair wage, commensurate with experience, skill and satisfaction. This will ensure a cooperative and invested care relationship and greatly reduce turnover.

Tips on Choosing Your Next Home Care Provider:

Selecting a home care provider is not a decision to be taken lightly. Care providers have a lot of responsibility in your life, and that requires a high level of trust. Your care provider will be in your home with you for long periods of time, have access to the most private aspects of your life and will be expected to competently and safely provide the care you need.

For a care relationship to be successful, it’s critical that you find someone that will be a good match for you or your loved one. You can optimize your opportunity to connect with a caregiver who will partner in the care and security you need by keeping these tips in mind:

  • Determine your care needs and preferences prior to starting your search. This will help you narrow down the list of potential caregivers.
  • Make sure to pre-screen each potential care provider’s profile to ensure their experience, education and preferences will meet your specific needs.
  • Once you’ve narrowed down your list, arrange for an interview to further screen your applicants and get a better feel for whether or not an individual will be a good fit. Make sure to prepare questions prior to the interview, and be honest about your care needs and personal preferences. The more information and time you invest in this step, the more likely you are to find a successful care match.
  • It is extremely important to verify each candidate’s reference and previous employment information. Numerous studies have shown that around 40% of applicants falsely report their background. While they may look great on paper, further research just might reveal some surprising results.
  • ALWAYS run a background screening. You can start with a basic background check to aid with initial screening. However not all states and counties report on a regular basis, so even these screenings are not always 100% accurate. Once you’ve narrowed down your list, it’s vital to run a more thorough background screening—including county courthouse searches—to gain a completely current review of your candidate’s background.
  • Come to a mutual agreement on salary. One advantage of hiring an independent care provider is that they may be less expensive. However remember that it’s important your care provider feels appreciated and fairly compensated to ensure they’re invested in their work.

Hiring a care provider, especially for the first time, can be a challenging process. Following the steps above and being thorough, patient and honest will increase your opportunity to find that perfect care match for a long-term care relationship.

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