Learn more about our Concho Valley Comfort Keepers caregivers.
There are many reasons a senior may need in home support. From dealing with acute illnesses and chronic diseases to recovering from an injury or recent hospitalization, home caregivers provide the support and services seniors need to remain at home safely instead of spending time in a skilled nursing facility. When considering in home caregivers, there are some questions that should be asked to ensure you choose the right agency for your senior loved one's specific needs.
Caregiver Questions to Consider
Consider the following:
What services are offered? Many senior care organizations offer specific services targeted at specific senior conditions. Others will offer a wide range of home care options, but they do not provide local transportation or go out into the community with the senior. Others strictly provide companionship services. For seniors who only have a specific need and do not foresee their needs changing, one of these providers may be the right fit. Most seniors have multiple and/or varied needs, however, and for those who have a progressive or degenerative condition, such as dementia, arthritis, heart disease, or an autoimmune condition such as lupus, a provider with a large range of services is best.
Comfort Keepers caregivers provide a plethora of services that range from light housekeeping and laundry to medication management, meal preparation, and local transportation. Seniors who require personal care receive private and dignified assistance with eating, toileting, bathing, grooming, and dressing. Of course, companionship services are always available as well.
Does the provider truly understand your loved one's condition? If you are simply getting an hour's worth of light housekeeping each week, this question may not be critical. Sadly, the vast majority of seniors over 65 years of age suffer from ailments that limit two or more daily living tasks, and by 75 half of seniors need daily assistance with several areas of daily life. In these cases, having a caregiver who understands your loved one's specific needs becomes more important. The need grows even more with progressive and debilitating conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's and the like. As these conditions progress, they alter a senior's abilities, moods, and personality. Many senior abuse situations arise because caregivers did not understand a seniors condition or its natural progression.
Comfort Keepers caregivers specialize in the care and support of seniors with difficult and progressive conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The also provide outstanding support for those facing end of life situations or transitioning from the hospital to the home. As respite care providers, Comfort Keepers caregivers also understand the stress and strain family caregivers undergo and provide top-of-the-line supports to these wonderful individuals.
Who is actually providing the services? You would be surprised at the number of senior care agencies that actually act as intermediaries between seniors and care providers. These companies are not truly "senior care providers" but are more logistical agents.
Every Comfort Keepers caregiver is an actual employ of Comfort Keepers. Caregivers are not independent contractors or providers chosen from a temp pool, instead, they are vetted, screened, background and reference checked caregivers who are bonded, insured, and trained in the Comfort Keepers philosophy and methodology. This ensures consistent, quality service and support.
While these are not the only questions that should be asked, they provide and excellent starting point. They also highlight some of what differentiates Comfort Keepers caregivers from others in the senior care profession.
Comfort Keepers of San Angelo, TX provides leading in home care services to seniors in:
Coke County, Concho County, Glasscock, Irion, McCulloch, Runnels, San Angelo, Sterling, Tom Green County and Wall, TX