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Hiring a Caregiver for In-Home Health

Hiring a Caregiver for In-Home Health

As you or a loved one gets older, everyday life can become more and more strenuous. Walking up or down the stairs becomes tiresome. There are so many medications you must take on a regular basis, and missing a dosage can be hazardous. There are bills to collect and pots to clean. And every now and then, it’s difficult to even rise out of bed or the bathtub. This is completely normal and a factor from the human body aging. Luckily, there is an industry devoted to making these troubled lives easier: home care in Plano.

Home healthcare is an integral arm of the healthcare industry, one that is devoted to providing immediate, at-home assistance to the seriously ill, elderly, disabled, or convalescent. A senior in need of home care can receive everyday assistance with important tasks, as well as general health supervision.

The In-Home Difference

Before you consider sending an elderly or disabled loved one who cannot live alone into a nursing home or other long-term healthcare facility, you should give serious thought to hiring an in-home nurse for your loved one. Home health providers are nurses or nursing assistants who undergo extensive education and hands-on experience, and specialize in providing everyday care to those who cannot safely live or function alone.

Some of their services include assistance with mobility, taking medications, getting in and out of bed, using the restroom, performing self-hygiene tasks, and much more. Further, home health nurses also provide expert medical supervision, and can identify the signs of a health crisis or emergency, including severe pain, extremely low blood sugar levels, or high blood pressure. Homecare agencies can even provide rides to run errands or attend social events, as well as assistance with household care tasks.

Home health care is more common than you might think. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that almost 5 million Americans received some length of in-home care in the year 2013. As baby boomers age into seniority, this figure will continue to climb. While you might find this statistic staggering, it means that there are a wide number of institutions in place to serve a high demand. According to the CDC, there are over 12,000 home health agencies across the US, all of whom are devoted to providing hospital-quality nursing services in the comfort of their patients’ homes.

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Determine If In-Home Care Is Necessary

Your first step before you hire in-home care is to receive a physician’s recommendation. your loved one’s primary care doctor or family doctor can determine if in-home care is necessary for them, or at least advantageous. Most agencies will provide in-home care to patients with some form of difficulty or disability. However, for the sake of insurance coverage, it’s vital to establish medical necessity, or proof that in-home care is important to providing a patient with an ordinary level of hygiene and safety at home.

Home Health Options

You can then research one of the many home health care agencies that likely operates near your or your loved one’s residence. A physician or the insurance company providing home health benefits will likely be able to recommend an agency. However, it’s fast and easy to research in-home care in Plano and may choose to consider the options that result from the search.

You should then try to legitimize any agency you find. Ask each agency for a list of credentials, their nurses’ education levels, and more. Inform them that you will only accept a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), home health aide (HHA), or certified nursing assistant (CNA). A nurse with a higher education level is acceptable as well, though this may come with even higher costs.

At this point, the agency will ask to learn more about the patient as well as their health insurance benefits. If the patient does not have covering insurance, then you may want to contact Medicare or your health insurance agency to add long-term care benefits to the patient’s plan. This will offset the costs. However, it’s also wise to ask each agency about their pricing and if they offer a sliding scale pricing plan for self-pay patients.

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Start Your Search

Some people have common and sensible reservations about allowing a stranger into their home or a loved one’s home, as well as leaving this nurse alone with a patient who has serious health needs. However, the in-home nurses at 24 Hour Home Care are all trained medical professionals who are passionate about caring for those with everyday health-related difficulties. Further, we only staff nurses who are caring and personable, driven by passion for their patients. Our attentive staff is ready to assist with all manner of patient needs in the comfort of their homes, from maintaining health to walking assistance, and so much more. You can contact 24 Hour Home Care to learn more about our services, find and interview a home care nurse, and connect yourself or a loved one in need with home care in Plano.

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great, award-winning company!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
Reviewer: CAROL
CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
I LOVE BEING ON CALL THRU THE WEEK MAKE MORE MONEY, WORK WHEN YOU WANT. LOVE LOVE LOVE 24 HR AND ALL THE STAFFERS THERE THE BEST.
Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

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 they have a positive in-home care experience. We submit all of our caregivers through nationwide 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, and we take that very 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, but 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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