In-home care is an increasingly popular elder care option that offers seniors the most freedom and independence. This model of long-term care will play a key role in the coming years as more families strive to help their aging loved ones continue living in their own homes instead of moving into senior living facilities.
It is important to find the right home care company and select individual caregivers who are compatible with a senior. Once you’ve chosen a reputable agency and interviewed prospective caregivers, it can take a few visits for everyone to get comfortable with the new routines and relationships.
If this warming up period passes and you still feel that an assigned caregiver is not the best match for you and your family, contact the home care company to request a new caregiver be assigned. Keep in mind that it can take some trial and error to find a compassionate and experienced companion or home health aide who is well-suited for a senior. However, if you are having larger issues with the company as a whole, such as tardy or no-show caregivers, scheduling problems, subpar care, or excessive caregiver turnover, it may be wise to consider changing care providers altogether.