The Home Care industry is growing by leaps and bounds these days. Because of the push for healthier living in recent years, our senior population is growing and the ability to remain independent is a more attainable goal. The ultimate goal of Home Care is to support this level of independence so our seniors can remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. The challenge for families of these seniors comes when recognizing that mom or dad may need some help but are not ready for the move to assisted living. Finding the right help often is a bigger challenge than getting mom or dad to accept that they are getting older. The initial care may fall to family members or friends, but that may become a burden after time goes on. So the search begins. In this economy, there are a plethora of people looking for work. You may think “how hard is it to make sure that mom gets a shower, dressed, and to the grocery store regularly. Anyone can do that.” While partially true, having the right person you can trust must take priority. A licensed home care agency is the best way to assure that you are getting the best care for your loved one.
That home care license is not just a piece of paper saying one agency is better than others. It shows the agency’s dedication to being the best and providing the best care. A home care license is not cheap. As tight as many of our pocketbooks are in this economy, a business owner who takes the time to receive the proper training and licensure has proved dedication to the field and a desire to be the best, despite the cost. They are not out just to make a buck. They have heard the call and have the heart to make a difficult transitional time easier for all involved. Learning the rules and mandated regulations for home care is essential in providing the best care. Those both assure that the agency is in compliance with the many requirements of providing care to the community, including confidentiality, infection control, employee qualifications, and client safety. Licensed agencies are also regularly evaluated by a government regulatory agency so they are more stringent in their business and care related practices.
When looking for the right agency, most are only concerned with who can take care of their loved one the best. They may not initially think of the implications of having a virtual stranger come into the home. A licensed agency vets every employee prior to hiring, completing criminal background checks and extensive skills training. Employees receive special training on confidentiality, safety, and infection control. Knowing that an agency has already thought of these things is a great relief to many and helps establish a high level of trust before care even begins. Providing ongoing supervision of employees and case management after care begins increases that level of trust. When the client and their family are at ease with their caregiver(s), what was originally thought to be a difficult time has now been made to be a Godsend.
Home care is not hard, back breaking work and there are many choices in deciding on whom to turn to. Having your home care license gives you a big advantage over the competition. It also assures the community that you are committed to providing the best care in what may seem to be the worst time of a person’s life. If you are considering a home care business, give us a call. We can give an unbiased approach to your possibilities within the home health care industry. Call today for a free 30 minute consultation 919-632-8891.