When is it time to consider hiring in-home care?
In-home Care is a great tool that can help people stay in their home for as long as possible, which is what many people desire. Maybe you have a loved one who just needs someone to do medication reminders, light housekeeping and meal prep/errands and otherwise they can manage their activities of daily living (ADLs) independently. Or maybe they just need help getting started in the morning but then they’re good to go for the rest of the day. Or perhaps your loved one just needs companionship and a little supervision to make sure that they are getting out and about and staying stimulated. For these types of situations, an in-home caregiver or companion can be just what is needed.
In home care can be fairly pricey depending on whether or not you are hiring a companion (usually a medically- un-trained person who manages household tasks and/or provides companionship) or a certified nursing assistant (CNA – a licensed medically trained professional who can help with ADL’s including but not limited to bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding and transfers). You will want to be a good steward of your loved one’s financial resources and if you’re hiring someone to provide between 12-24/ hours of care a day in the home, you are likely spending a sizable amount. If finances are not a concern, that’s wonderful. If they are, you may want to consider either pairing in-home care with Adult Day Center supervision or the possibility that it is time for your loved one to move into a facility where they will have the 24-hour supervision that is needed to keep them safe.
Call your local Alzheimer’s Association office at 800-272-3900 to get information on agencies that serve your area as well as a list of interview questions you can use when considering hiring a home care worker/agency.