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What to Look for When Choosing In-Home Care Services

September 11, 2013

Helping HandChoosing in-home care is a very personal matter; this vital service provides seniors with the independence to maintain a high quality of life while living in their own homes. Below, you will find a few key elements to look for when considering an in-home caregiver for you or your loved one.ComfortFirst and foremost, when choosing in-home care service, you and your loved one should be comfortable with the service and its employees. Letting someone into your home means finding a caregiver you can trust, so talk to staff members, and if possible, the personal attendant who will be working with you or your loved one. Quality in-home care starts with a strong relationship between caregiver and senior, helping them build trust, friendship, and peace of mind during their time together.Availability and ServicesWhen considering in-home care, make sure the services you desire are available when you need them. If you need someone in the home at night, do they provide overnight care? Are there hourly caregivers available for times when only a little help or even a trip to the store is needed? In-home care is often tailored to suit your exact needs, offering companion care, personal services, and household services.QualificationsCheck with the in-home care service about their qualifications and affiliations. Are they certified and recommended by agencies you trust? Never be afraid to ask about the training and screening process undergone by the caregivers, because you should feel comfortable and confident in your caregiver’s ability to safely provide the services you need. For quality in-home senior care that you can trust, contact Familiar Surroundings Home Care. Our qualified, compassionate staff provides flexible in-home care to meet any needs. We are certified by the California Association of Health Services at Home and are members of the National Private Duty Association.