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are for their aging parent:

  • If your parent only requires assistance with light tasks like grocery shopping, transportation, or housekeeping, tap informal networks, like family, faith community and neighbors, first. However, it's important to recognize when their needs outpace the resources. If the parent has ongoing health problems, or cannot cope with daily tasks such as meal preparation, bathing, dressing, or has difficulty with taking medication, professional home care should be considered.
  • Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust who have used home care providers. Consult your family doctor, hospital discharge department, local Council on Aging or the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (www.nahc.org).
  • Interview several reputable, credentialed providers:
  • Do they answer your questions thoroughly and offer to have a nurse or social worker speak with you?
    • How do they evaluate the needs of new clients?
    • How do they evaluate the changing needs of existing clients as they age?
    • How do they hire and supervise their employees?
    • How do they review and assess their employees' performance?
    • Do they allow their caregivers to accept cash? If they do, this is a warning sign.
    • Will they be able to check your insurance to determine your coverage?
    • If you are providing long-distance care, do they offer technology like client Internet portals and telemonitoring of your parent's condition (such as temperature and blood pressure)? Tools like these provide consistent, objective data on your parent's status.

Selection of a home care service is a beginning, not an end. "Home care is not a one-size-fits-all-solution -- it's an
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