What are the three biggest hurdles families run into when they are trying to get senior care for their parent(s)?
Just Beginning to Search For Care
Dear Just Beginning to Search For Care,
When trying to find senior care for your aging parent, there are numerous hurdles that may try to block your path. Most, however, are easily overcome. Let’s look at the biggest and by far the most common hurdles, and break them down.
#1 Cost: Senior care is typically an out-of-pocket expense. Some seniors have purchased Long Term Care insurance to cover costs of in home care, adult day care, assisted living and nursing home care…but they are the minority. In Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, the cost for in home care averages $23.00 per hour. When trying to keep costs down, be sure to use the “Village” approach; contact all available family members and prepare a visitation schedule that all are held to. In addition, look into area Adult Day Centers and volunteer services. Utilize an in home care agency to supplement the schedule to assure your parent is safe and cared for in their absence. It is also prudent to work with a financial planner and elder law attorney to help with Medicaid planning should funds be limited. To learn more about comparing costs of senior care, read this article.
#2 Quality: The key to success is the quality of the care provided. At PA Agency of Nurses, all of our staff are actual employees of the company; not independent contractors. We are not a franchise. All Caregivers are personally selected to meet the individual personality of the Client, as well as the care needs of your loved one (read about our matching process). Each Caregiver is screened, tested, and oriented to the specific care requirements that PA Agency of Nurses expects of their employees. Customer Service is not a buzz-word, it is an expectation that you should not take for granted.
#3 Consistency/Reliability: As someone who has utilized Caregivers for my own loved ones, it is the reliability and consistency of a caregiver that is the true proof of quality in an Agency. Limited individuals should be introduced into the home, and the Agency should have a disciplinary process in place to limit call outs. Be sure to ask what that policy is and how a call out would be handled, should it occur. At PA Agency of Nurses, it has been our Mission for almost 30 years to be a “resource for excellence in Home Care. We are committed to providing affordable, high quality care to the individuals we serve since 1987.” As the only Nurse-owned and Nurse-operated in home care company in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas, we pride ourselves in cost containment, superior quality and assured reliability. I would be happy to meet with you to provide a free assessment of need for your loved one.
As always, the answers to your Caregiving questions are only a few clicks away.
Very Truly Yours,
Janice Guckin Barry, RN, Dear Nurse