Home care is oftentimes used to provide the care of a loved one whom is unable to fully provide for themselves, yet still stable and mentally sound enough to be at home and out of the nursing home. For many people this type of care provides far greater happiness and prolongs their lifetime and that is just the start of the exciting benefits. Even still there are drawbacks that must be considered if this is a method of care that you are considering. Before deciding if home care is the right option for your loved one it is important to plan a family meeting with the immediate members of your family. This is a big decision that you’re making and everyone should be able to voice their thoughts, concerns and hopes freely, with one another’s opinions taken into careful consideration of the final decision.
Preparing for a Family Meeting
When preparing for your family meeting make sure that you inform family members as far in advance as possible. Everyone’s schedules differ, and sometimes it can be difficult to find a time when everyone is able to come together. When informing family members of the meeting you should plan for a two -hour time slot, although it might take slightly less time. You can achieve this feat, however, by planning in advance. Once a time has been arranged when everyone can get together, choose a location for the meeting. If your home is large enough this is perfectly fine. It should be cozy and comfy so everyone is able to talk openly. Make sure that the loved one being considered for home care is present during the meeting. After all, it is him or her that will be receiving the care, thus their say so really matters the most. Also, the home care agency caregiver or staff member should be present to help you learn more about the service and the different options available to you.
Things to Discuss at the Family Meeting
Several things should be discussed at the family meeting. First is the cost. Insurance will usually not cover the costs of this type of care so it is the responsibility of the family (and other loved ones) to cover the fees. Consider how you will pay, how much each person can put forth, etc. Also take into consideration during your meeting:
- How long/often will you require home care for your loved one? You can arrange services for part-time or full-time, or on as –needed basis.
- Is your loved one still capable of partially caring for themselves? Patients who are best-suited for in-home services are those who still have such capabilities.
- Discuss with the caregiver the needs of your loved ones. Caregivers can provide a little or they can provide a lot, depending upon your needs. You should ensure that you discuss this; however, to ensure the chosen agency is capable of handling those needs. Not all agencies provide the same levels of care.
- Give each family member time to ask their own questions as they arise
Comprehensive Home Care is a leading home care provider, offering home care, Alzheimer’s care and respite care Charlotte services. Contact us with any questions or care needs.