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How to Choose Companion Care

February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 193

It's perhaps that time in your life where you need assistance in caring for an elderly parent. Choosing a companion care aide is never easy as there are so many factors to consider. This short article will highlight a few things you need to think about and also ask before choosing the right professional.

First, you will have to determine if your parent needs the help of someone who is certified medically, like a registered nurse for instance. Most seniors have common ailments like arthritis, hip problems or osteoporosis that may not need special skills to take care of. However, there are those who have more serious illnesses like dementia, cancer, diabetes and others that will need the special provisions of someone who is certified or who has experience working with the specific illness your parent has.

Next you will need to find out the cost and hours of availability. You will need to ask yourself if your parent needs around the clock care, or just need assistance during the daytime.

Deciphering if the caregiver you are selecting is willing to do other duties such as activity arrangements, transportation services and light cleaning to ensure your parent is comfortable, stimulated and happy, is also factors that you will need to consider. If they agree to duties beyond the regular care, then that is a plus for you.

The next choice to make is whether to hire through an agency or do an independent search on your own. A home healthcare agency will most likely have screened the potential candidates prior to setting up an interview with an interested party. The agency will verify qualifications, criminal backgrounds and also highlight special services offered. This will save you plenty of time and energy if you are looking for companion care.

As companion care is sometimes a better choice for many individuals, since both parents and their children can maintain their freedom, you will want to choose a good candidate, so as to not resort to other care options like a nursing home.

One strategy is to arrange periodic reporting of your parent's progress from the caregiver, and also get feedback from your parent to ensure that everything is running smoothly.

A great companion care agent will build a loving, but professional bond with their patient. As you would hire the best individual for a company, the best companion caregiver will go above and beyond their duties to ensure that your parent is safe and happy.

Jack is healthcare professional who specializes in companion care. Check out his Website for more information!

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