Identifying a suitable agency is only part of the process, though. Finding the right individual care provider is equally if not more important.
Home health aides with training — either through a training school or their agency — offer an invaluable set of skills, such as experience in bathing, helping with prescription meds, and moving patients in and out of their bed. However, these tasks are not the only ones that matter.
Finding a person who will be a good fit personality-wise should also take precedence. Why? Because while home health aides are professionals, the roles they fulfill are of a personal nature. As with all caregivers, a good relationship with the patient can make or break the situation.
Be sure to arrange a meeting between the candidate and your aging loved one before making a final decision. Observing their interactions and dynamics can help you determine whether the arrangement will be a positive one. This also allows older adults to play a direct role in choosing their caregivers, so be sure to ask for input following the meeting.