Timing In-Home Care to Get the Maximum Benefit

by Kristen Heck, President, Loyal Care

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Reasons abound on why families postpone hiring private duty care for loved ones. Resistance to the idea is often a hurdle to overcome. In other situations, primary caregivers overwhelmed with caring for themselves, their families, and aging parents are simply too weary to begin searching for private duty care.

Timing In-Home Care to Maximize Benefits | credit: iStockPhoto.comStudies show that aging adults who are able to stay in their homes live longer and with a higher quality of life. At some point, though, some level of outside care could become necessary. Adult children typically answer the first call for help. Non-medical, in-home care professionals answer the second call as the level or frequency of care needed moves beyond a certain point.

The timing of when you hire a private duty care professional matters. “Having to make care arrangements during a crisis can be very difficult. It’s hard to make the best decisions in that circumstance,” says Nancy Kair, Loyal Care’s Services Manager. A situation Nancy often encounters is the need to downsize a home after a crisis, when a loved one is unable to participate in the packing and decision making on what to keep or who to give items to. “If our client is already dealing with a health crisis, this just adds to his or her stress,” she adds.

What is the Maximum In-Home Care Benefit?

Simply stated, it is the ability for your loved one to remain in the home for as long as possible.

If you or your loved one are considering private duty in-home care but don’t know how or when to start, Nancy suggests to establish a relationship with a caregiver sooner than later. That way, an established trusting relationship can easily segue into an increased level of care and service if or when that becomes necessary.

Set the Stage

If you lead a busy and stressful life right now, be realistic on what it will take to provide the best care for both yourself and your loved one as time goes on. The health of the caregiver is as important, if not more, than the health of the loved one.

Suggest early on to your loved one that there may come a time you’ll want some help with caregiving. Resistance to that idea is natural and should be expected. The sooner you talk about the possibility of hiring private duty care, the more time you’ll have to come to mutual agreement on what constitutes that care.

Getting Started with In-Home Care

Hiring private duty care to help your loved one downsize might be a way to get started. Your loved one pretty much directs the caregiver on what to pack, how to pack it, and where to put the boxes. AIso consider hiring companion care or personal assistance. These services can be fulfilled outside of the home through transportation for running errands or getting your loved one to and from meetings or visits with friends and family.

“Personal assistance and companion care are opportunities,” Nancy says, “for our clients and in-home care staff to build trusting relationships that may become more important as the client ages and needs more care.”

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Loyal Care is a non-medical, in-home provider of private duty care located in Kalispell, MT. We serve individuals, including Medicaid-eligible, who need short-term, long-term, or long-distance home-based care.

For information about our home-based care services, please visit www.loyalcaremt.com.

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