Choosing South Florida Elderly Home Care Services – How to Make the Best Decision

Let’s say that after much consideration, you have decided to hire a home health aide or certified nurses aide to provide care for your senior loved one. You’ll have a lot of weight on your shoulders by making this important decision.

If your senior loved one is being discharged from the hospital, chances are that Medicare will be the first line of defense. When a senior has an illness or is recovering from surgery and requires nursing care or physical therapy, a physician may order skilled home care services for the person (covered by Medicare) that give them the benefit of working with both skilled providers and personal aides. Your decision about elderly home care services in South Florida would be based on the obvious medical determinations made by the doctor.

But…what if your loved one has simply declined to the point where they need assistance with every day activities such as bathing or dressing? What if you, as the family caregiver, must determine the extent of care that is needed without the advice of a doctor?

Each home care situation is unique. In the beginning, family or friends often step in to help with simple tasks and offer support for aging seniors who want to stay in their homes. As long term care needs progress, more and more time will be required to manage those needs. Physical and mental conditions often change with aging and can make usually routine hygiene and daily living activities difficult for an aging individual. Even with the healthiest of seniors, the ability to drive a car, shop for groceries, or do general housekeeping eventually will need to be relinquished to the responsibility of another person.

Let’s take Susan, for example. Every morning she would stop by her parents’ home on her way to work and would stop by again on her way home from work in the evening. She checked in the morning to see that they were up and ready for the day and Susan would pick up a shopping list for things they needed. In the evening she delivered the purchased items to her parents and sometimes she fixed a meal when one had not been prepared by her mother. This worked well until Susan began to notice her father did not shave or dress during the day and both parents were forgetting to take their medications. Susan felt more time and supervision was needed for their care but with her own family and job, she just couldn’t do it. In this situation, non-medical or personal South Florida eldery home care services would be a good option for Susan to consider.

Before starting your search for a non-medical or personal home care company, try to determine what the senior’s care needs are and how much time will be required each week for assistance from the senior home care service company. You may want to consult with the elder’s physician and other family members as well as with experienced social workers or geriatric care managers to determine needs. Most geriatric home care companies will help you do a needs assessment at no charge. With your list of care needs in hand, you will be ready to begin your search.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice ( gives the following guidelines to use when searching for an elderly home care services company.

  • Find out how long the provider been serving the community.
  • Ask if the provider supplies literature explaining its services, its eligibility requirements, fees, and its funding sources. Many providers will furnish their home care clients with a detailed “Patient Bill of Rights” that outlines the rights and responsibilities of the providers, clients, and family caregivers alike.
  • Ask how the provider selects and trains its employees. Does it protect its workers with written personnel policies and malpractice insurance? Does it protect the elderly clients from theft or abuse by bonding its employees?
  • Find out whether the provider assigns supervisors to oversee the quality of care its senior clients are receiving in their homes. If supervisors are provided, ask how often the individuals make visits. Find out who the client and his or her family members can call with questions or complaints. Ask how the company follows up on and resolves problems.
  • Ask what the financial procedures of this provider are. Does the provider furnish written statements explaining all of the costs and payment plan options associated with geriatric home care?
  • Find out what procedures the provider has in place to handle emergencies. Are its caregivers available on short notice?
  • Ask how the provider ensures client confidentiality.
  • If a South Florida elderly home care services company has not previously been recommended to you, ask for a list of previous clients and call for their experience with this provider.

Following up on these guidelines can help you determine the quality of personal care that is given. Many states license non-medical home care companies and require both legal and health standards to be maintained.

For more information about South Florida elderly home care services, please contact Advocare at 888-615-1818 or 954-349-3133 or email them today.

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