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The Home Care Association of America is the leading trade association for the home care industry. Founded in 2002,
it represents over 2,700 companies that employ more than half a million workers across the United States.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
The following are some helpful checklists that can be used to assess your loved ones in need and to ensure their safety.
– Does Your Loved One Need
Assistance To Help Them Stay Independent At Home?
Use this checklist to determine if they need help
Consider their care needs and make a list of things that need to be provided. Be able to show an example of a usual day, from the moment the wake until they return to bed and be sure to include a timeline of when they have their meals, naps, and other activities.
- How much hands-on personal care is needed vs. the non-hands on companion care?
If more companion care is needed, make a list of things that the care recipient likes to do.
- Do you need someone who can escort the care recipient to their Doctor and other social activities?
- If so, how will they travel?
- Will the Caregiver drive the care recipient in the care recipient’s car?
- Will the Caregiver drive the care recipient in the Caregiver’s car?
Has the home care agency verified the caregiver’s vehicle insurance is active. Will they take public transportation (bus or taxi cab)? Some cities provide transportation for seniors – you may want to call your local Department on Aging for information.
- Do you need a Caregiver who speaks a certain language?
Your loved one may need a translator or may feel more comfortable with an aide who speaks their language.
- How many hours of care per day will you require?
Review the list of services you will need performed during the care visit and decide on the minimum number of hours per day which would work as a starting point. The agency will need to know the hours of service to assign a Caregiver and will allow you to adjust the hours after the first week to accurately meet the care needs.
- Are there any special cooking requirements?
Communicate any food allergies or specific cooking requests and consider how groceries will be purchased or delivered if the care recipient is unable to shop for groceries on their own.
- Are there any “skilled” care requirements, such as taking blood pressure, blood sugar testing, wound care or a feeding tube?
Communicate if these specialized services will need to be performed or monitored.
- What is the care recipients method for managing medications?
- Do you know for sure if the medications are currently being taken correctly?
Be able to provide a list of medications and the method of monitoring so the Agency will be aware of possible side effects and other requirements such as taking pills with or without food, etc.
- Will Care Management be required?
As Caregivers are responsible for providing the “hands-on” care, they do not have time to manage the overall care issues. A trained Care Manager can supervise all of the care needs, from obtaining refills to medications via the local pharmacy, to arranging doctor’s appointments and other necessary services. A Care Manager will work with family members and take on responsibilities which they are unable to perform and provide professional expertise in guiding the long-term care decisions.
– Choose A Quality
And Safe Home Care Agency
A Checklist to help make an INFORMED choice
Do they have a business license and necessary state licensure (if required by the state where the agency is located)?
Caregivers are “Employees” (this means the Agency is responsible for paying all employee payroll taxes, as required by law: Unemployment Insurance tax, Social Security tax, Medicare tax and State and Federal with-holdings)
Do they have Worker’s Compensation Insurance for their employees?
Professional Liability Insurance?
Fidelity Bond Insurance (this is sometimes referred to as “theft” insurance)?
Ensure they have “Active Management” of the Caregiver through a direct Supervisor or Manager.
Check to see if they have a detailed plan of care and you understand it.
They perform Criminal Background Checks on all Employees.
Ensure that all Caregivers are trained properly.
Provide 24-Hour On-Call Service for round the clock care.
Have Satisfactory Customer Ratings and are highly recommended.
Caregivers check-in and out via a phone app that validates the Caregiver is at the client’s home.
Family members can login to a website portal to monitor the care being provided to their family member.
By having these standards in place, if a CAREGIVER suffers an accident while working in the senior’s home, their injuries and care are covered by Worker’s Compensation Insurance. Active supervision of Caregivers allows the agency to professionally work through any performance issues.
A 24-hour On-Call service allows for last-minute schedule changes and back-up Caregivers to be scheduled, when necessary. Training programs provide Caregivers with guidelines to follow for performing quality care duties.
In addition, the Caregiver is protected by Unemployment Insurance if they are not staffed between assignments and meet the necessary qualifications. Caregivers also have the guarantee of receiving Medicare and Social Security benefits when they retire because they have paid into these programs as an employee of the agency.
– Safe Driving For Seniors
An assessment of the senior’s driving capability
Is the senior able to pass a vision test? (Cataracts, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration can all impact vision quality).
Does the senior seem nervous or extra anxious when driving?
Are there any unexplained dents in the paint of the car or on the garage?
Does the senior allow others to ride in the car with them when they are driving?
Does the senior take alternate routes to avoid major highways?
Does the senior fail to stop at red lights or stop signs?
Are speed limits obeyed (Not driving too slow or too fast)?
Have neighbors or others who witness the senior driving (anyone who also attends a regular event they may drive to) observed anything unsafe?
** If you feel that it is unsafe for the senior to continue to drive, and you feel they will not be accepting of this, it may be best to first discuss this with their physician. The doctor can do a test of their vision, hearing and reflexes and begin the conversation about how declined functionalities may negatively impact their ability to drive safely.
** In addition, you may contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles to request the license be revoked. Each state has different requirements for senior drivers – it may be possible that the senior will not be able to pass their license renewal test anyway. Check the criteria for your state to find out how they might be able to help you terminate the driver’s license.
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