Monthly Archives: November 2014

Elderly Home Health Care – What Services are Available for Mom's Care?

Elderly home health care provides services like companionship, assistance with
light cleaning. Services offered may also include help with running errands,
picking up prescriptions, shopping, and helping to prepare meals. Personal
services performed by home health nurse’s aides may include help with grooming,
dressing and eating.

Services may also be available to help Mom with her bath or mobility issues, or
offering limited supervision with those diagnosed with a cognitive impairment
such as that caused by dementia or stroke.

Some of these services may require supervision or help from trained
professionals, while others are designed to improve independence and quality of
life for the elderly in a home-based environment.

What to Look For In an Elderly Home Health Care Service

When looking for a home healthcare service, go with your gut instincts. This
means:

* Checking the references and business history of the agency

* Performing background checks on employees charged with caring for Mom

* Monitoring services on a regular basis

* Employees trained and certified to provide care

Whenever possible, research the agency, ask questions, and don’t hesitate to
contact the Better Business Bureau or other state certification and
accreditation agencies to make sure there are no standing complaints or
lawsuits against the agency. Take the time to do your homework and make sure
that you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for.