If you are aging, then the time might be right to talk about a homecare provider. This is not necessarily a pleasant conversation to have, but it’s better to have it now than in the future. I can tell you from experience that the conversation will only get more awkward the further into the future you move. In truth, homecare is a bit like insurance- you don’t think you need it until one day you wake up and realize that you really need it.
As the name would imply, homecare is an in-home service wherein a caregiver looks over an elderly or aging individual or group of individuals. As we or our parents age, it’s often the case that we need a little bit of extra help, but aren’t necessarily prepared to go into a nursing home or retirement community. After all, that could be quite excessive for a 60-something who remains in good health but who needs some extra help with day to day tasks.
Who is home care for?
Homecare is for anybody who could use an extra hand around the house but does not need or choose to live in a nursing home or retirement community. There are many reasons that one might choose to go this route. For one, they might remain in good health and not have require the degree and depth of assistance offered that a nursing home advertises. Or, you might even require a high degree of help but prefer to manage your aging from the comfort of you home.
Whatever the case, homecare is a great option for those opting to age gracefully from the comfort of their home.
How do I select a home care provider?
There are a few things you’ll want to take into account when selecting a homecare provider. Thefirst of course is going to be their reputation- do they have a clean brand name and a reputation that they are willing to stand by? While it might be worthwhile to give a new company a shot, you should avoid fly-by night homecare providers as all costs. If you see repetitive negative reviews on sites like Yelp, you’ll want to look the other way and find another provider. The selection process can be time consuming, but it will pay off in the end.
You can also try a few trials with homecare providers to see how they are. As this is a relatively
What options do I have available?
As I am based in the Nashville, Tennessee area, I’ll give you a few examples of homecare providers and explain how I would go about selecting one in my region. I’d first start with a few
searches for homecare in Nashville, Tn. Based on this search, I can see that a variety of options appear. One that appeals is Homewatch Caregivers, which you can visit here:
They stand out to me because they have operations all across the US and have been in operation for a long time. However, I think there might be some other options worth exploring, so I’ll take a further look in Google.
Right now, your elder care provider selection process should consist of performing a few searches in Google or your preferred search engine. I recommend keeping an Excel spreadsheet with your results. What you want to do is make a list of the providers who stand out to you, and
keep track of their pros and cons. Do any seem particularly appealing? If so, why? Your goal now isn’t to make a final decision. Instead, you should focus on coming up with a list of ten or so providers who you think might be the right fit. From there you can schedule a trial and after that hopefully you’ll have enough information to make your final selection!