What is an in-home care agency?

An In-home care agency screens caregivers for service in older adult’s homes.  Ask what process they use to screen their aides.  Some home health agencies will provide companion care where someone lives in the home while providing care.  Most agencies provide certified nursing assistants or home health aides.  They will do light housework; keep a watch on the elderly person; perhaps take blood pressure readings and some will monitor sugar levels.  They record what happens during the day in the nurse’s notes.  Aides prepare meals for the person and will do laundry.  Some agencies will provide transportation to the beauty shop, bank and grocery store for an extra fee.  Most agencies will charge extra fees for a private duty nurse to do the medications each week.  Bathing may be extra as well.

Check to make sure that the agency is bonded and insured.  Someone should be making unscheduled visits to see how everything is going.  Ensure they have a plan for someone to substitute if a caregiver is not able to make it.  Aides should never be asked to pay bills or handle banking for the client.

Costs of in-home care range from $16 – 25 per hour depending on the agency and location.

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