Your father was diagnosed with a serious medical condition and now you know that he needs some help on a daily basis if he plans on remaining at home. You begin to look into the various options for home care services after his doctor sat down and explained the situation and the need for in home health care services. Maybe he’s recovering from a stroke, or cancer, or major surgery. Whatever it is, it’s important that you choose the right level of home health care services for him.
So where do you start in trying to determine what level of care is right for him? One of the first things to do is go online and research the various types of home care services that are available, in general. While there may be some services and levels of care that are offered in one region of the country but not where your father lives, you should still get a good idea about what you’re looking at.
In most cases, you could hire an in home care provider who would stop over at your father’s house every day (or however often it’s needed) for a couple or few hours to check on him, make sure that he’s taking his medication properly, and to ensure that he is safe. This provider may also assist him with some basic tasks, such as cooking or light cleaning.
In some cases, your father may require more direct care and that could mean relying on a live in caregiver. This is an individual who would provide a similar level of support for your father, but throughout the day. This provider would live with your father, so there would be someone with him around the clock in case he needed anything or there was an emergency.
Finally, your father may require a registered or certified nurse to assist him, especially if he has a major health crisis. If he is bedridden and will be for some time and it’s necessary to check his vitals on a regular basis or he has an IV or other major health issue, he may require this level of care.
The best way to find out what level of home care services your father might need would be to talk to his doctor and gather information and a recommendation. Then, contact a home care services agency in his area to find out what level of care and support they would offer. Make sure that you provide the right level of care for him at all times. He worked hard his whole life; he deserves the best.