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5 Steps to Begin Looking for in Home Services

Do you feel like your senior loved one’s health issues, or the natural complications of aging, are making it difficult for you to effectively care for them? If you find yourself needing some extra support, you may want to consider using home health care services. Home health care can often be the key to achieving the highest quality of life possible for your loved one. It can enable safety, security, and increased independence; recovery time is quicker, pain levels reduced, and unnecessary hospitalizations can be avoided. The advantages of home health care are boundless.

The following steps are designed to help you and your family find the help you need at home. 

1. Speak About Your Options As a Family.

In the beginning stages of the home care conversation, it’s crucial that the individual who will be receiving the care feels in control and understood. If your loved one is reluctant to talk, ask them to explain their expectations or agree to have another discussion at a later date. Getting their opinions and ideas will help you to arrange the most appropriate level of care, so be sure to involve them in your information gathering, in visiting different organizations, and talking with potential agencies.

It may help to involve other family members and friends, such as siblings and grandchildren, who will also be involved in their care.

2. Determine Which Services Are Needed.

The range of care services your loved one can receive at home are, in theory, limitless! Depending on the individual situation, support can range from skilled nursing care to specialized therapies. At Interim HealthCare of the Twin Cities we provide a wide range of
home health services, as well as hospice care

3. Determine How You Will Pay For Services.

As you conduct research into home care options, the prices might initially sound expensive. But, consider this: Home care services typically cost considerably less than the cost of a nursing home, and may even cost less than an assisted living facility.  

For many seniors and their family members, the comfort and peace of mind that home care offers is well worth the investment. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help families with in-home care expenses:

  • Private Pay
  • Health Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Veterans Benefits

4. Identify the Right Agency to Provide the Best Care.

There are a lot of agencies available to choose from. To ensure you find the best one for your situation, make sure you check out their website, the services they offer and any online reviews. To help you get started, here is our recommended sampling of what’s important when considering professional help at home.

5. Make Contact With the Agency.

When you feel confident with the agency, or agencies, you have shortlisted. It’s time to get in touch and organize the care services your loved one needs. 

At Interim HealthCare of the Twin Cities, we start this process by working with a client’s family or primary care team to set up a personalized care plan. Ultimately, we work towards building a plan that will help improve your loved one’s recovery and long-term progress, providing the support they need to live an enriched life at home, independently for as long as possible. In order to provide the best possible continuum array of care services, we put ourselves in the shoes of each of our seniors and their families, creating a whole-person care plan which includes physical, social, emotional and cognitive care.

We’re Ready To Help

With expert specialized support from nurses, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, social workers, home health aides and companions, Interim HealthCare of the Twin Cities can provide compassionate care for your loved one—and we’re only a phone call away.

Let’s Chat! 

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