Care in the home is often referred to as ‘In-home Care’ or ‘Home Care’. In-Home Care includes a wide range of services provided in the home, rather than in a hospital or care facility. It can allow a person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s to stay in his or her own home. It also can be of great assistance to caregivers. Not all in-home services are the same. Some in-home services provide non-medical help, such as assistance with daily living. Other in-home services involve medical care given by a licensed health professional, such as a nurse or physical therapist.
Common Types of In-home Care Services:
Talk to a doctor: The primary physician providing care for the person with Alzheimer’s is a great place to start. Ask for recommendations of home health providers that have experience caring for people with Alzheimer’s.
Create a list of care needs. Before contacting prospective providers, create a list of care needs, as well as your expectations on how these needs will be met.
Call first. When you call to screen home care providers, find out what kind of help they offer and if it meets your specific needs.
Interview at home. Meet with the prospective home care agency or provider in your home. Prepare questions beforehand. Its a good idea to have a third person so that afterwards you can discuss your impressions.
Check references. Some agencies will conduct criminal background checks. Ask if these have been conducted. It is also a good idea to check search for the name of the provider on our site to read reviews left by other clients.
Share information The more care providers know about the person caring for, the better care they can give. Even with memory loss, persons with Alzheimer’s maintain strong memories from periods of their past. Familiarize the care provider with past accomplishments, fond memories, and other guideposts that are relevant to where the person with Alzheimer’s current memory is strong. It will allow for a much greater bond to form between them.
To learn if a cash assistance program for home-health services exist in Ohio, contact your local Area on Aging Agency.
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