Finding the Right Caregiver

At Best Home Care, we understand the importance of finding an at home care provider that you can trust. We make it our mission to provide the kind of service that gives you peace of mind that your loved ones are in good hands when you aren’t around. But the process of finding the right caregiver isn’t always a simple one, and if this is your first time looking for a home care provider it can be even more daunting.

 

Our Home care professionals have compiled some important factors to consider when you meet and interview with potential personal care assistants, home attendants, and home nursing providers:

 

  • Experience: It’s important to know that the person you’re entrusting to care for your loved one is someone who has experience in home care. This may include experience with dressing, cooking, bathing, transferring from wheelchairs and administering medication. Experience also comes with knowledge. Having someone close by that is knowledgeable and that you can express concerns with is extremely beneficial to both the person being cared for as well as their family.
  • Training: What training have they completed? Are they CPR certified? It’s important to think about what is important to you in a PCA. They also may have documents from PCA training and a list of references from other families that they have cared for in the past. Checking out this information may help you decide if they are going to be the right fit.
  • Availability: As with any job, it is important to discuss hours. Some people may feel more comfortable with overnight in-home care while others may only need someone to check in once a day. These are important things to communicate with your potential caregiver.

 

For any additional questions you may have about finding the right home care assistance, feel free to contact Best Home Care. We specialize in senior home care services, pediatric home care, behavioral home care, and home care for those living with physical and mental disabilities. Call us at (651) 330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com

In-Home Care vs. Assisted Living Centers: Which is Right for Your Needs?

Can I get paid to care for my disabled friend or family member? - home care elderlyDeciding on the right form of ongoing health care for a loved one can be a tough decision but one that should not be taken lightly. Today, there are countless options for those of all ages in need of all types of care. In-home care and assisted living have become the two most popular forms of out-of-hospital care options and for good reason, they both provide patients the health care they require while maintaining some form of independence.

While the two have many similarities, they also are very different. It’s important to have a discussion with a physician in order to understand which option is best for you or your loved one. As a leading Minnesota home care agency, Best Home Care takes pride in helping individuals understand their options to make important decisions regarding their health. Below is a brief overview of in-home care and assisted living centers as well as some advantages of each.

In-Home Care: Under this type of care, the patient continues living in their current home and receives regular visits from a home caregiver or personal care assistant. The individual receives professional assistance with various activities of daily living depending on their specific home care plan. The individual can hire a family member or friend to provide these home care services.

            Advantages

Assisted Living Centers: Under this type of care, the patient moves into and lives in a residence with others in need of care where they receive services from the staff. Care services are typically available 24-hours a day however individuals live their day-to-day life independently.

            Advantages

  • Offers round the clock care for an individual’s disability or condition
  • Allows individuals to maintain independence in a controlled and safe environment

It’s important to learn as much as you can when deciding on a proper path for the care of your loved one. Take advantage of Best Home Care’s free home care resources and contact our home care professionals to learn more about in-home care and to discover if hiring a personal care assistant is the right option for your loved one.

In-Home Care Provides Benefits Not Found at Assisted Living Centers

Options for Senior CareAs we age, the majority of us will need some type of prolonged assisted health care. A recent study from the University of Minnesota estimates that 70% of middle-aged Americans will require some form of long-term health care after the age of 65. The study also suggests that over 50% will spend some time in a nursing home or assisted living center.

The question then becomes not if you will need this care, but how and where you will receive this care. It’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for your future needs. The two major types of senior care – assisted living and home care – are very different. What’s appropriate for one person may not be right for another. Understanding the benefits of each now will save you time and money in the long run.

As a disclaimer: we here at Best Home Care are slightly biased towards home health care. However, there are many good reasons for this. Some of the benefits of at-home health care include:

  • The ability to stay in a known place and keep the things you love near
  • One-on-one care tailored specifically to your needs
  • Potential cost savings compared to assisted living centers
  • Promotes recovery by keeping families together

It’s important to note that in-home care may not be right for everyone. Depending on a senior’s care requirements or disabilities, an assisted living center might be the appropriate route to take. That said, at-home care can improve a senior’s quality of life in many unique ways.

If you or someone you know is unsure about which type of health care is ideal for a certain situation, contact Best Home Care. Our home care professionals can walk you through the various benefits of at-home care and help you decide on the right option.

What Can Home Care Do For You? Find Support for Persons with Physical Disabilities.

Disability Home Care ResourcesMost of us will never understand the challenges those living with a physical disability face. Basic tasks, such as getting dressed or making a meal, can be a daily battle. You can’t help but admire the courage and strength those living with a physical disability bring to each day.

At times, the struggles of living with a physical disability can be overwhelming. This is where physical disability home care comes in. A family member or friend often provides this in-home care; however, professional personal care assistants are another common option.

Home care can benefit people living with various physical disabilities by assisting with:

  • Basic household needs such as running errands and preparing meals
  • Daily personal needs such as toileting, dressing, grooming, bathing, etc.
  • Health related needs such as transportation to doctor appointments or motion exercises

An often overlooked benefit of physical disability home care is the companionship that comes with it. Simply having a friend to talk with can do wonders for the morale of an individual living with a physical disability.

Family caregivers providing home care for relatives with physical disabilities typically don’t consider compensation for their services. This should not be the case. There are many government programs that can provide funding for caregivers in these situations. Contact Best Home Care today to learn more about how to get paid for taking care of a family member living with a physical disability.

Best Home Care serves personal care assistants providing physical disability home care in the Twin Cities. Contact us today if you have any questions about physical disability home care and how it can benefit you or a loved one.

Find Guidance When Choosing What’s Best for a Parent with Dementia

Caring for a Dementia Patient at HomeDementia is a devastating disease of the mind and can often appear without warning. When a senior is first diagnosed with dementia, a spouse or child will often run to their side to provide home care. However, they may realize that caring for a dementia patient at home is more work than they originally anticipated, and what began as a good deed evolves into a full time job. Daily life can quickly become demanding for these family caregivers as they struggle to meet the challenges of this disease.

In times like these, it’s important to seek guidance from the many resources and services available to you and your loved one. Every patient has different needs and choosing the right type of care for your family member is critical. One popular option is home care for dementia patients provided by a personal care assistant(PCA). This type of at-home care allows the patient to continue living in a familiar environment and gives the family members time to tend to other matters.

In-home dementia care from a PCA can benefit your loved one by:

  • Providing various mind stimulating activities for the patient
  • Assisting with basic activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, toileting, etc.)
  • Improving home safety to prevent falls and wandering accidents
  • Supporting family members with care instruction and resources

Providing home care for a dementia patient is an honorable thing for a relative to do. However, it’s important to research all in-home care options before committing to provide care full time.

For nearly a decade, Best Home Care has assisted dementia patients and their families adjust to life with this disease. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our dementia home care services and the full range of home care options available to you.

PCA Services Can Benefit Adult Children

Personal Care ServicesProviding care for a child with physical or developmental disabilities is a demanding job for any parent. However, as their child reaches adulthood, parents must make significant decisions regarding the in-home care of their son or daughter. Many parents will choose to continue providing care for their child at home, but it is important to look into other options as well. Hiring a personal care assistant to provide respite services for you and your adult child may be the answer.

Adult children with special needs can often live on their own, but may require occasional care to stay independent. While visits from family and friends are important, a personal care assistant will give the individual the professional attention they require while serving as a confidante and friend. These home care services benefit both the parents and their adult child by:

  • Providing the parents time to tend to needs away from caring for their child
  • Assisting adult children with activities of daily living such as: bathing, dressing, etc.
  • Allowing adult children to live independently by providing occasional care

Another option for parents is to become PCA certified to get paid for taking care of a family member. This is a great option for parents who dedicate a majority of their day to caring for their child and are unable to work outside the home. Parents are able to serve as their child’s personal care assistant provided the adult child is over the age of 18. Parents may also receive PCA training and support through a home care agency like Best Home Care in order to become certified.

Parents who have cared for their child since birth usually have a lot of questions about hiring a personal care assistant. If this is you, don’t hesitate to contact Best Home Care. Our team of professionals will work to answer all of your questions about PCA services and explain more about getting paid to take care of a family member or adult child.

Are PCA Services Right for Your Child?

Respite care for children with special needsA common question we receive at Best Home Care is “Can I hire a PCA to provide care for my child?” The answer to this question is: Yes! Many people view in-home care as a service only available to seniors, when the truth is that children with physical disabilities or developmental delays benefit greatly from home care as well.

As a parent, caring for your child can be quite taxing. In addition to an already busy life, your parental duties seem to multiply as you work to satisfy many needs. Most parents are proud to help their kids, often going to extremes to provide the best care possible. However, the accompanying stress can have a negative effect on a parent’s professional and personal lives. Below are some indicators that respite care may be a good option for you and your child:

  • You routinely miss work to care for your child
  • Your relationships with friends and family have become strained
  • You’re unable to find time to run errands or take care of things outside the home
  • Your child has difficulty focusing in school or requires assistance to complete basic daily activities

Best Home Care’s personal care assistants receive extensive PCA training and are prepared to work with children of all ages. While the needs of each specific family differ, here are some examples of children that may benefit from PCA services:

  • Kids with ADHD and other mental disorders
  • Children suffering from physical disabilities
  • Students with various learning disorders
  • Children and young adults living with autism

Our personal care assistants take great pride in providing respite care for children with special needs. Every parent wants what is best for their children, and we encourage learning as much as you can about respite services and exploring the various care options. Please contact us if you have any questions about respite care for children or our PCA services.

How to Get Paid For Taking Care of a Family Member

Compensation for Taking Care of a Family MemberProviding home care for an elderly or disabled family member often begins out of love, but can quickly become a financial burden for the caregiver. These individuals may find themselves taking time off from work and, as a result, missing out on potential income as they take on this new caregiver job title.

The Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging states that each year in Minnesota 600,000 caregivers leave over $7 billion on the table as they provide care for their aging parents or disabled family members. These numbers are expected to grow rapidly in the coming years as Baby Boomers reach retirement age and the need for care rises. It is a little known fact that you can actually get paid to take care of a family member in the state of Minnesota.

Through the Personal Care Assistance Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, friends and family members may be compensated for their work with their loved ones. Personal care assistance services help a person with:

  • Activities of daily living.
  • Health related procedures and tasks.
  • Observation and redirection of behaviors.
  • Instrumental activities of daily living.

For caregivers to receive compensation for taking care of a family member, they must qualify to act as a Personal Care Assistant. Best Home Care will provide you with the necessary PCA training and assist you through the process of becoming qualified to work as a PCA. We will also take care of the billing and payment process so you can focus on continuing to provide in-home care for your loved one.

Contact Best Home Care today to learn how to enroll in the Personal Care Assistance Program and start receiving compensation for taking care of a family member!

Lonely Seniors: The Psychological and Emotional Benefits of Home Care

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A personal care assistant plays many roles in the life of a senior. Perhaps one of the least appreciated aspects of their service is the psychological benefit they provide for their clients. Isolation, boredom, depression, and vulnerability can make a senior’s emotional life difficult and even lead to serious medical issues.

The companionship of a personal care assistant gives seniors a trustworthy confidant, a way to voice their concerns and feelings, and a support system for continued community involvement. The goal of Best Home Care’s personal care services is to not only add more years to your life, but more life to your years.

Study after study has proven the link between psychological health and living a full life. For seniors to stay healthy, it is essential to remain socially active within their community. This can be as simple as a weekly meeting with a neighbor for coffee, attending dinner with family, or speaking on the phone with friends. As we get older, taking part in these activities becomes more and more of a challenge. Consequently, seniors tend to miss out on these opportunities to connect with others and neglect the importance of social interaction.

Personal care attendants are able to benefit the psychological health of their clients through:

  • Providing transportation to meetings, dinners, worship services, and more
  • Acting as a friend with whom they may share concerns and feelings
  • Allowing seniors to continue living independently, comfortably, and socially with at-home care services
  • Boosting self-confidence and morale, helping clients to continue leading a meaningful life

Do not overlook the psychological health of your aging parent or loved one when considering home health care services. Contact Best Home Carewith your questions about how in-home care can improve psychological health or how to get started with personal care services. Additionally, those currently providing emotional and day-to-day support to parents can receive PCA training and get paid to take care of family members – call Best Home Care today to find out how.

Find Your Match: Questions You Should Ask Your PCA

Choosing the Right Home Health Care for Your Family Member

Once you’ve been approved for PCA services, it’s time to start thinking about the individual who will be providing at-home care for you. Since you will be spending quite a bit of time with this person, it is important to find someone that you are comfortable around.

Your first and best option when searching for a personal care assistant is to hire someone you already know. People are most comfortable with someone they are familiar with, and in Minnesota, you can have your friends or relatives as your paid caregiver. According to the National Center on Caregiving, friends and relatives provide the majority of personal care service in the U.S. If you have someone in mind, we will hire and train him or her to become a home care professional for you.

Your second option is to let a home health care company (like Best Home Care) do the work for you. Our employees complete extensive PCA training to ensure the most professional in-home care available; however, this doesn’t mean every individual is the same. Best Home Care’s employees come from all backgrounds and personal philosophies, so you will have the opportunity to interview multiple candidates to find a match. The goal of this process is to find a home care professional that you feel comfortable with and can trust.

To help get a feel for your compatibility with the PCA candidate, ask:

  • What experience do you have in this field?
  • What qualities do you feel make you a great PCA?
  • What is your favorite and least favorite part of this job?
  • Situation specific questions – such as food prep abilities, managing money, and availability during the week.

It’s important to view this meeting as a job interview, but also as a conversation. Be sure to tell the candidate about yourself and your expectations during this time so they can better understand your home care needs.

Whichever option you choose, Best Home Care is ready to work with you at every step of the process. Whether your care assistant is a friend, relative or one of our trained professionals, rest assured that you will receive the best home care available. Contact us today!