In respect of your loved one’s wishes, you have decided to arrange homecare services. Homecare makes it possible for your loved one to stay in the comfort of home and still be a part of everyday family life.
Once you have begun a relationship with a home health aide, how do you know if she is doing a good job?
First of all, you can get feedback from the loved one who is being cared for. Even if your loved one is non-verbal, there can be clues about your loved one’s comfort level when the homecare worker arrives.
How else can you evaluate the home health aide?
Here are 5 ways to know you have the right home health aide:
- Is she on time? Does your homecare aide show up when she is scheduled?
- Does she follow the senior’s care plan? And does your loved one have a care plan? Other agencies may not have a team approach to care. But at Community Care of the Northeast, your loved one’s nurse-supervised care plan includes both the family and the home health aide on the care team. Therefore, you will be able to evaluate whether or not the caregiver is following the plan. This team approach is the most effective for the senior so that everyone is on the same page for giving your loved one consistent care.
- Is she on her cell phone? You know from your own life that cell phones are a double-edged sword. They can be useful, but they can also be distracting. The best homecare workers are focused on your loved one and not their cell phones during their visit.
- Does she respect your loved one? Listen to her tone of voice when she talks to your loved one. Does she look at your loved one with eyes of compassion? Or does she seemed bothered when called on to serve?
- Can she handle an emergency? Don’t be afraid to ask the homecare worker what she would do in an emergency situation. Listen to how quickly and confidently she answers.
At Community Care of the Northeast, our home health aides are educated through our specialized training course which includes anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and care for seniors and people with intellectual disabilities. The course emphasizes hands-on training by a registered nurse. Our chosen caregivers are compassionate and have hearts that are ready to serve. Contact us to find a caregiver to meet your loved one’s needs.