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Set up the ideal in-home care situation for your loved one. Learn about ways to pay for home care, how to conduct interviews to help you select the right care provider and how to manage these services on an ongoing basis. You can also find home care providers in your area.

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Kinds of Home Care Available for an Elderly Parent Home health care can help an elderly parent with a variety of daily activities ranging from cooking, bathing, light housekeeping, and even going out shopping.
How to Select a Home Care Company So you've decided to hire someone to help care for your loved one. The home care industry is competitive, which is good for consumers, but it can be difficult to navigate. Use these guidelines to evaluate potential providers and make a confident decision.
10 Myths About Home Care for the Elderly Families need to feel safe and comfortable with professional and personal caregivers in their homes. Discussion about common myths and preconceived ideas that prevent finding and hiring outside professional care.
5 Qualities to Look for in a Home Health Aide Involving your aging loved one in the search and interview process for reputable home care agencies will help your family find the perfect match in a home health aide.
The Right Way to Switch Home Care Agencies Home care professionals provide a set of capable hands trained to handle various medical conditions, as well as provide a source of companionship for an aging adult. However, you may not get the right fit the first time around.

Warning Signs That a Senior May Need Home Care

20 Warning Signs Your Parent Needs Help at Home Your parents think they can still take care of themselves, but you've seen the red flags that they could use help at home: poor hygiene, bruising, spoiled food. They're in denial and afraid of losing their independence. What can you do?
Caregiving from Afar: How Home Health Aides Can Be Your Lookout When you’re not consistently around your loved one, home health aides can be your eyes and ears to help detect problems early-on. Learn how to ensure that your home care agency is your ally.
When Elders Don’t Accept Outside Caregivers in the Home Many seniors who want to stay in their home refuse home health care workers. Initially, the reasons may be puzzling, but if caregivers look closely, they usually can figure out what's behind this behavior.

Paying for Home Care

How to Pay for Home Care Paying for home care can be a financial burden for seniors and their families. Here are some options available to pay for home care.
Veteran Financial Aid for Long-term Care and Home Healthcare If you are a caregiver for a veteran and require assistance, programs exist to help veterans and surviving spouses with long-term care and home healthcare.

Home Care for People with Dementia

Alzheimer’s Presents Unique Challenges for Home Care A good home care agency will train in-home caregivers to stay engaged with the senior, manage the challenging behaviors that are often a part of Alzheimer’s disease, keep the elder safe while helping with activities of daily living.
Do elders need full-time care as Alzheimer's disease progresses? As Alzheimer's disease progresses, your loved one may need more care than you can provide. Your options range from home health care and adult day care, to assisted living and nursing homes with specialized Alzheimer's care units.

How to Interview and Hire a Home Care Provider

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Caregiver or Home Care Agency Using an agency to hire caregivers may give a false sense of security regarding the background and skill set of the caregiver, according to a recent study. Just because it's an agency employee doesn't necessarily mean the person is trained or qualified.
The Difference Between Short and Long-Term Home Health Care Most people want to remain living at home for as long as possible. Home care can make it happen. Whether your loved one has had a fall and needs temporary help, or suffered a debilitating stroke that requires life-long care, home care could be an option.
What NOT to Do When Hiring Home Health Care Home health care can be a true lifesaver for helping the elderly remain in their homes. When selecting a home health agency, you want to find a reputable agency with qualified caregivers.

How to Manage Home Care on an Ongoing Basis

Helping Seniors Adjust to a New Caregiver When home care is needed, seniors may be resistant to having a stranger in their home. To combat the resistance, a good caregiver will establish a rapport with the elder, making them feel at ease.
Home Care: How to Tell if a Caregiver is Doing a Good Job So you've hired an in-home caregiver for your elderly loved one. Now you've got a new challenge: determining whether or not the person you've entrusted your family member's well-being to is doing a good job.
Home Care: What To Do if You Think a Caregiver is Stealing When you hire a home health care agency, not only have to trust that they have the knowledge and ability to care for your parent in a loving way. You also have to trust that they aren't stealing items, like money, jewelry or prescription medication.

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