As you age, you may find that you need more help around your home. Many people approach this by using in-home senior care. Such care allows you to stay in your current property while receiving assistance with daily tasks. If you're about to embark on your care journey, there are ways you can make it better.
Be Explicit About Your Needs
The care team you use will likely have a broad skillset and a lot of experience. So, the start of your care journey is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of your carers' skills. Before you choose an agency or individual, write down what you need help with. Try to dive into each area too and consider how much help you need. For example, if you love cooking but you require a little more assistance, telling your carer will allow you to carry out a task you love and remain independent.
Find Someone You Click With
In-home senior care requires you to allow someone into your home. This person, or series of people, will spend a lot of time with you. As such, it's important to find someone who you click with. Try having a chat with your prospective carer or their agency to get a feel for whether they're the right match. If you're uncertain, look elsewhere and repeat the process until you find someone who makes you feel comfortable.
Focus on Background Checks
It's important to make sure the person who cares for you has a clear criminal record. Additionally, make sure they have the right to work in Australia and that they are thorough about their qualifications. If you go through an agency, you won't need to perform those checks yourself. The agency can guarantee that their staff are regulated and that they vet their carers thoroughly before placing them with clients. Carrying out these checks is important for staying safe.
Outline Any Unique Requirements
Once you have potential candidates in mind, make sure you outline unique requirements. For example, assistance with peg feeding, help with administering certain medications or help mobilising certain joints. It's important to find someone who has experience in these areas so they can carry out their tasks confidently and safely. Those who have the most experience and a decent amount of recent experience will make your care journey easier. With a little research and background work, finding someone to provide you with the right in-home senior care will feel easy.