Anytime a family needs to start considering Alzheimer’s home care, in Granbury or elsewhere for that matter, it could mean any number of things:
- the disease has started presenting itself more than before, necessitating more hands-on care
- the family has decided to take on the role of caregiver(s), choosing their loved one’s home as a familiar place from which to operate
It could also mean that a family can’t provide care themselves & requires the assistance of a private care agency. No matter which way you look at it, though, things are progressing and the safety & well-being of the afflicted loved one are of the utmost importance.
A Time For Major Change
In many cases, a home environment is a welcome change of pace for treating a patient dealing with Alzheimer’s. It’s a place they know well. Even if other cognitive elements are starting to degrade, a certain amount of muscle memory & familiarity helps keep an the patient aware of where they are. But when a private care provider is brought in, the presence of a stranger, even in a familiar setting, can be jarring & upsetting.
This is why it is so crucial to finding the right agency to lend a helping hand. Unfortunately, this can be tough to do as there are a number of listings for agencies who claim they can come in & almost revolutionize the home care industry. Just remember that you don’t need someone to reinvent the wheel — you just need it to roll smoothly on the right path.
Asking the Tough Questions
If your family has been presented with the task of hiring Alzheimer’s home care for a relative, it will be important to have some questions ready. Some of these will include the following:
- Can you give us a rundown of your training? How do you hire caregivers?
- Are you available when we need someone? Is there a system in place when a care provider is absent?
- Are you capable of attending to the specific needs of our loved one?
- What services do you provide in general?
- What life-saving skills do you possess?
- How is billing handled? How does private insurance/Medicare/Medicaid factor into things?
- Do you have multiple ways in which we can contact you?
- How long have you been in the industry?
- Can you provide a breakdown of how a care plan is put together for individual patients?
Coming face-to-face with a making a decision on Alzheimer’s home care is something no family wants to do. While everyone knows the disease will take its toll on their loved one, the acknowledgement can hit quite hard. It’s for this reason that elder care experts advise families, even those without a history of Alzheimer’s, to start putting in place a plan of action should the need arise. This way, when the time presents itself, families can spend less time frazzled & haphazardly choosing a home care agency that’s available rather than one that is actually suitable.
For the best in Alzheimer’s home care, Granbury puts its trust in The Help Private Care Services, Inc..