Everyone has unique home care needs, and one size does not fit all. Below are some questions you can think about when assessing care needs for your loved one.
It might take some time for one to recognize the need for home care. In some cases, such needs are obvious and urgent, e.g., after a knee replacement surgery. In other cases, several gradual events lead to the need for home care. For instance, there is an accumulation of clutter in your loved one’s home, or there are signs of poor hygiene. Here’s a list of items to consider:
Walking and transferring from a chair to bed and vice versa
Dressing, bathing, eating, and personal hygiene
Grocery shopping and meal preparation
Transportation and doctors appointments
Medication reminder and use of medical equipment
House cleaning and maintenance
Managing bills and finances
Next, think about how much help you will need. What is the comfort level at which your loved one has for the type and amount of care from a non-family caregiver? Are there tasks that require skills beyond your comfort zone? Are there other family members or friends who can help your loved one on a regular basis? How many home visits per week and how many hours of services per visit do you need for help?
Once you figure all these questions, you can assess your budget for home care. (hint: see another post in our resource center 🙂 )