Friday, 27 November 2015

How to Select a Reputable Senior Care Professional for Your Elderly

As people get older, they become susceptible to illnesses and other conditions that make them unable to take care of themselves as they used to. You have a few options to help them. You may take them to the home for the elderly but this rids them of their freedom; you may live with them but this will tie you up, especially if you have busy schedule. Lastly, you may have a caregiver take care of them.

Senior caregivers are professionals that handle all the aspects of your elderly including medical advice and attention, companionship, nutrition and diet as well as hygiene. There are many companies that provide senior care in Los Angeles. However, you want to be sure that your elderly is in safe hands. Here are areas to check in the selection process. 

What needs does the elderly person have? 
Depending on the condition of the elderly person, he or she may need medical management, physical therapy non-medical help such as bathing, toileting and dressing, meal preparation and house cleaning. The elderly may also need a companion. The needs dictate what kind of caregiver you hire.

Is the senior care firm reputable?
Are there complaints about the workers of the firm you intend to hire? Can the firm produce a verifiable record of accomplishment? Are there customer references that can testify on the quality of the service? Are their workers screened for any past criminal deeds? How does the firm handle customer complaints? Ensure that you hire a firm that answers the above questions satisfactory.

Is the caregiver licensed or bonded?
It is important to hire a caregiver that is both bonded and licensed. Avoid hiring the next-door neighbor. You are more likely to get better services and track how the work is done if you pick a licensed caregiver.

Discuss the terms of services and price with senior care Los Angeles firms that pass the criteria above.

Monitor the quality of services rendered
Monitor the quality of work by being in communication with both the caregiver and the elderly. It is also good to make an impromptu visit and see how everything is running. Ask the agency to give you periodic reports on the service.