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Choosing a Home Care Service for Person with Disability

Choosing a Home Care Service for Person with Disability

When it comes to caring for an elderly parent or a disabled loved one, there are many factors that must be considered. For some, a nursing home may be the only option, depending on the level of care required and the type of medical issues that they face. But in many instances, staying at home is the best scenario for a family member’s emotional and physical well-being, provided all needs are met.

Disabilities can happen at any age, as a result of an illness, an injury, or a genetic condition. In many cases, persons with disabilities require assistance with daily routines, such as dressing, housework, personal care, and bathing, meal preparation, errands, shopping, etc. Choosing a home care provider in the Laguna Beach area is easier if you understand what services are included in-home care, and how to determine if a service will meet the needs of your loved one.

Understanding Capabilities and Challenges

There are many types of disabilities, which may be physical or cognitive including

  • Vision impairment
  • Hearing deficiency
  • Physical disability
  • Mental Health illness
  • Autism Spectrum disorder
  • Ambulation or balance issues
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

The extent of the disability determines what type of home care will be best for a disabled individual. Some may require more physical care, while others simply need someone nearby to remind them of medication schedules or appointments, help them with housekeeping duties, or as a companion.

Home Care Service for Person with Disability

In-Home Care

Most home care agencies perform primarily non-medical care services and are available around the clock. Home care aides perform vital sign checks and medication management, along with specialized care for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Some agencies also provide hospice care, offering support for both the client and the family, and performing personal care needs.

Determining what level of care your family member will require is the first step. Experienced home care agencies in the Laguna Niguel area will perform a consultation, providing you the opportunity to ask questions regarding the level of care your loved one requires, and matching those to the types of care the service provides.

Disability Parameters

An in-home evaluation is often performed so the agency can determine whether their level of staff care will meet the needs of the patient or if more extensive medical care is needed. For an elder, there are specific parameters to determine whether he or she is disabled. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services uses a guide to determine whether a senior citizen is disabled or becoming disabled, based on their ability to perform ADL (Activities of Daily Living), and it is useful in helping family members determine what level of care is needed for a disabled loved one as well.

First, the patient’s ability to manage five core ADLs is determined: bathing, using the toilet, dressing, feeding oneself, and moving from bed to chair. Then, an additional evaluation is used to determine his or her ability to manage daily life tasks such as meal preparation, taking medications correctly, housework, grocery shopping, and managing money. Often times, only occasional help is needed, but with others, ongoing service is required.

Caregiver Connection

It is important to choose a caregiver from a reputable agency that has performed essential and thorough background checks, as well as education, experience, and qualification verifications. Compatibility is another important part of the process. Your loved one should feel safe and comfortable with the in-home caregiver.

For a younger disabled client, there are additional characteristics to consider in choosing a great caregiver. A young adult with disabilities may be seeking care that does not include a parent or guardian, desiring a more independent life. Or in some cases, parents who have served as their disabled child’s caregiver throughout their lives may be reaching an age when they feel less physically able to handle the daily rigors of physical and emotional care of a disabled adult. In some situations, the adult child can live at home with the parents, with an in-home caregiver providing any physical care needed. This allows the parents more time and flexibility to enjoy day-to-day life as well as a more relaxed relationship with their adult child.

Other disabled adults may choose to live on their own with the help of around-the-clock in-home care, or one who comes in for specific hours of the day or certain days of the week. These types of home care scenarios require a professional and compassionate home care provider who respects familial relationships. He or she should also respect the client’s independence and offer the physical and emotional support needed to accomplish it while ensuring the client’s safety and well-being.

Choosing the Right In-Home Care Agency

Home care is an excellent option for the disabled. Flexibility is one of the main reasons countless families seek home care in Laguna Woods and the surrounding area. With options like 24/7 availability, experienced personnel, and a wide range of services, agencies and their in-home caregivers make life easier and more enjoyable for both clients and their families.

Because each client has different needs and expectations, it is important to evaluate the agency thoroughly before agreeing to hire their services. Make sure you are clear on what services will need to be provided, and what services will not be necessary. Reputable agencies will provide a written contract stating the care your loved one will receive, and the cost of those services. All caregivers should be bonded and insured. Ongoing training is another key component of high-quality in-home care. Understanding the latest technologies used in the industry, along with up-to-date techniques for fall prevention, nutrition, and dementia and Alzheimer’s care will provide you the assurance your loved one is under the care of a professional.

Another important characteristic of a great in-home care agency is their follow up. Experienced agencies understand the importance of their caretakers arriving on time and performing the highest quality of care. These agencies should follow up on their employees to ensure they are performing to the client’s expectations. They will also provide a means of regularly scheduled communications not only with the client and the family but with the caretaker as well to make sure the client/caregiver match is working. Each visit is overseen by the agency, with shift arrival and departure times monitored and recorded.

To find out more about elder and disabled adult home care in Laguna Beach and the surrounding area, browse our website for helpful information, testimonials, and specifics about the training and screening of our care staff.

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The Most Trusted Caregivers

The success of our clients and company is entirely dependent on the quality of our Caregivers. We make certain to find and provide our senior clients with the industry’s best caretakers so that have a positive in-home care experience. We submit all of our Caregivers through nation-wide background checks, assessment tests, and verify multiple references. All of our Caregivers are required to be compassionate, reliable, experienced, and above all else, TRUSTWORTHY. We understand that you are entrusting your loved one’s home and well-being with our company, things we take more than just seriously.

24 Hour Home Care® is committed to improving the lives of our senior clients. By assisting seniors with their daily living activities, we are able to keep them at home where they are comfortable and allow them to thrive during this chapter of their lives. Not only do we strive to exceed customer satisfaction, we strive to exceed employee satisfaction. We want all of our Caregivers to be proud and happy to work for 24 Hour Home Care® so that they will provide the best senior home care possible!

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