Hi all -
My 90 year old mother has been living with my brother in her home for the past 5 years and has been her primary caregiver, with me staying at her house 2 nights and 4 days a week to give him a break and allow him to leave the house. She had a stroke 5 years ago and has been slowly declining since then. It has reached a point where she needs almost constant supervision due to mobility issues and fecal incontinence. My brother has become very burned out so the plan is for her to move to my home 1 hour away. I am willing to take on this responsibility but I won't be able to do it without someone to help me.
I am just starting the process of trying to find a reliable and good agency in my area and don't really know how to go about choosing one. I spoke to a person at one agency today and it seemed to be more of a family operation - his wife is the nurse that does the initial assessment and his sister is the supervisor of the caregivers. He was very nice and helpful but I didn't really know what questions to ask. Should I ask if the agency is accredited, or if the caregivers have special training?
Someone also mentioned hiring a geriatric social worker agency to supervise home health care. has anyone had any experience with this?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer me. I'm heading into unchartered waters (again) and not sure how to go about this process of finding a good health care agency.