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What Should I Ask When Considering In-Home Care?

A growing number of adults are finding themselves becoming a part of the ‘sandwich generation,’ a term used to refer to people who are simultaneously raising their young children as well as caring for their parents. One great option to consider is in-home care services for the older adults in your life. This is a great option if they do not require medical care but primarily need help with basic home activities such as light housekeeping, bathing, grooming, or other similar tasks.

You may be unsure at the idea of someone coming to a parent’s home to provide care in Philadelphia, PA, but there are some questions you can ask of any agency to help put your mind at rest.

What kinds of services do you provide? Can I pick and choose?

Any agency should be able to provide a list of all their available care services. Most will include assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, and meal preparation, possibly also including transportation or helping to administer prescribed medications. Be sure to ask if you can be selective about which services you need.

What kinds of qualifications do your caretakers have?

Many agencies require certifications for their employees, in addition to the agency itself being required to submit for regular reviews. Ask any potential agency about both their business and individual qualifications.

How can I know how things are going?

Are you permitted (or even encouraged) to install cameras to monitor your loved one when a caretaker is present? Does the caretaker complete a report on paper or online with updates about their care each day?

In-home care services may help provide your family with some relief in care for your loved ones; ask any questions you need, and you can find an agency just right for you.