12 tips for in-home elder care

For Angie's List members who live far away from their aging parents, finding a reliable handyman to take care of routine maintenance is a huge relief. For those who need home health care, hospice or more intensive care, finding the right person or facility will be among the most important decisions they’ll ever make.

  • Plan before a crisis hits. Don't wait for an emergency to happen before seeking care for an elderly relative. You can make more informed decisions by discussing care options ahead of time.
  • Assess your elder’s needs. Determine what type of care is most important. Make a list of specific chores and duties needed for care. Be sure to include personal and medical care as well as household tasks that will need to be done.
  • Research your options. Talk to agencies as well as independent providers about the care you are seeking then check their ratings on Angie’s List.
  • Conduct an in-depth interview. Meet with each candidate in person. If possible, include the potential care recipient in the screening process. Be specific about all the tasks involved. Do not hire someone you are not 100 percent comfortable with.
  • Check references: Ask the provider to supply you with a list of references who can talk about their quality of work. Contact current and former patients, their family members, and doctors.
  • Ask about training. How does the provider select and train its employees?
  • Are they licensed? Many states require home care providers to earn a license to operate. Your state health department can provide you information on its licensed providers.
  • Consider a background check. While agencies typically screen its employees, it’s up to you when hiring an independent provider.
  • Is there a Plan B? What procedures does the provider have in place to handle emergencies? Are caregivers available 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
  • What is the financial process? Be sure the provider provides written statements explaining the costs and payment options.
  • Be careful with financial and confidential information. Do not give access to any accounts. Avoid having the worker handle any important communications with doctors, lawyers and accountants.
  • Share the recipient’s interests. Provide some ideas on how the care provider and recipient can spend their time together.

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I would like reviews of in home elder care agencies in the Durham, N. C. area.

I need to find someone whoi does in home eldercare in the Satellite Beach, Florida location. can you help?

Thanks for sharing this tips. It's really good to know that there are tons of reliable Urgent Care Medical Center that helps everyone in times of sickness.

These are great suggestions, but why not also recommend that you check with the Better Business Bureau in the area to see if they are accredited?

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I give private care to sick or elderly in their home or facility.I have 24yr experience.How can I use your service to help with me finding a job??

Thanks for your comment, Bill! Angie's List does rate elder care services. The categories are: -- Elder Care - Adult Daycare -- Elder Care - Assisted Living -- Elder Care - Independent Living -- Elder Care - Nursing Homes

This is all great advice. Why is it that Angie's List has no category for Elder Care? It's a HUGE and rapidly growing concern for virtually everyone in the nation. My company, Home Instead Senior Care, was reviewed in Angie's List by one of our clients, but I'm not even sure where it is; certainly if someone is looking for elder care providers, facilities, home care, etc., there's no way to find ratings for any of them on Angie's List. Please consider expanding into this exploding market.

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