What to Look for in a Home Helper for Senior Care


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By Shawn Turcotte

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

A loving family means caring for each other in all stages of life. As your parent or loved one ages, their ability to take care of themselves changes too. Ailments like arthritis creep in to make simple activities like buttoning a shirt, difficult. Memory gets foggy and medications are forgotten. Many seniors may seem lonely, listless and disengaged from everyday life. These little hints are strong indicators that it is time to hire a home helper to assist your mom or dad.

Happy daughter knowing Dad is cared by a professional caregiver

As a caregiver, you have the responsibility to find the right assistance for your senior loved one. A professional home helper can help your parent get back on track and enjoy life once more. Aside from companionship, they can offer support in daily hygiene, preparing nutritious meals, helping in light housework, and transportation to the grocery store, doctor’s clinic, and other appointments.

7 Tips for Finding the Perfect Home Care Professional

At Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, we support families in looking after their parents in many ways. Finding the best home care is crucial to your loved one’s continued well-being and interest in life. Here are some important tips for selecting the best person for the job:

  1. Validate their credentials: Make sure the professional or home care company has the necessary credentials to offer the specialized care your loved one needs. Our caregivers are thoroughly screened and our background checks are extensive. To maintain and help update their skills, we provide them with the best training.
    If your senior needs medical care, you may wish to hire a registered nurse to be on hand. The nurse should be in good standing with the College of Nurses. You can check http://nurses.ab.ca/content/carna/home.html/.
  2. Easy Access: Whether you are hiring an individual or working through a company, you need to be able to reach someone 24/7.
  3. No charge or minimal charge cancellation policy: Day-to-day life is always in flux. There may be days when you do not need home care. Make sure the provider is flexible and doesn't charge a hefty cancellation fee.
  4. Caregiver employees versus contractors: This is vital. If you are consulting an agency, you need to know if the company has sufficient insurance coverage for liability and WSIB. Do they employ caregivers or hire contract workers? Each caregiver we offer you is an insured and bonded employee of Home Instead.
  5. Supervision and security: Ask about supervision and safety. What does the company do to document and ensure safety, security and peace of mind for the individuals under their care?
  6. Consider your budget: The provider should have a way to track if a caregiver is onsite or has left on time. Fees for home help can vary based on the level and frequency of care needed. Established agencies offer flexible arrangements to help you stay within budget even as they offer the best support.
  7. Caregiver responsibilities: Talk with prospective home helpers to see how caring they are. Check if they wish to shoulder the responsibilities with you or carry out their duties clinically as just another task on their list. After all, you want your loved one to be comfortable in the care of another individual in your absence.

Home Care Helpers Support and Enhance the Life of Your Senior

When it comes to supporting your aging loved one, hiring the right home care team is paramount. Having strangers come in to help out at home can be unsettling. At Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, we understand the importance of having trusted, consistent home care support through a variety of in-home options. We partner with families to provide the best service possible. Our caregivers are assigned based on the needs of the senior and we try to find you the best personality match for compatibility. We are ready and available to help your loved one continue to thrive through their golden years.

Call us at (780) 439-9990 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in our community.

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