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

Putting the “Best” in Best Home Care – Gain Ease and Convenience

Home Health Care AgencyThere are hundreds of Minnesota home care agencies that all claim to provide the same services. As a personal care assistant, it can be difficult to know which agency is the right match for you. A simple search will return the names of many companies; however, the majority of the time, using this process to select a home care agency simply does not work.

Selecting a home care company to work with is not a decision that should be taken lightly. You should do thorough research and trust the company to support you in providing the best home care possible. Do not be afraid to call or visit an agency’s office and meet the people who work there in-person. Remember, you should want to work with them as much as they want to work with you.

At Best Home Care, it’s no secret that we believe we provide the BEST home care administration services in Minnesota. With a decade of experience in the home health care industry, we have learned what personal care assistants desire from a home care agency and that’s exactly what we do! Our current clients say that we are the easiest and most convenient agency they’ve ever worked with because we:

  • Accept all documents by fax, email, or electronically
  • Offer a home care timesheet app that’s easy for employees
  • Make the process of transferring to our agency quick and simple
  • Provide multiple PCA training resources
  • Send email and telephone reminders to submit timesheets each pay period
  • And much more!

Personal care assistant and caregiver jobs should be enjoyable, professionally rewarding, and personally fulfilling. Best Home Care strives to be a great place to work by making the administration process easy and convenient for our employees. We’d love to hear from you! If you would like more information about transferring to Best Home Care visit our contact page or call us at (651) 330-2550.

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.

Discover the Benefits of Caring for a Loved One in Minnesota

Minnesota home care agencyIt’s no secret that those caring for family members often struggle to make ends meet at the end of each month. Even though many family caregiver compensation programs exist, they can be complicated and confusing as the details often differ state-to-state.

As a Minnesota home care agency, Best Home Care MN is proud to say that our state has some of the best legislation and programs in the nation to help individuals get paid to take care of a family member. Explore a few of the most notable of these programs below:

Minnesota Personal Care Assistance Program

The Minnesota PCA program, provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is designed to assist those in need of home care find personal care assistants and pay for PCA services. Note: The individual must meet certain age and income requirements to be eligible for this program.

PCA Choice

PCA Choice is an option of the Minnesota Personal Care Assistance program that gives individuals the freedom to choose and hire their own PCA. The personal care assistant must work with a home care agency (like Best Home Care) that will handle administration tasks such as billing, taxes, and background checks.

Use Sick Days to Care for Family Members

A 2013 Minnesota law sponsored by Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul, requires employers with more than 20 employees to allow workers to use their sick leave to tend to the needs of their ill or disabled parents. This is a great option for caregivers of seniors in need of temporary respite care.

If you are new to family caregiving or have been providing home care for a family member for years, let Best Home Care take it from here. Our experienced staff will provide you with exceptional PCA training, help you discover your best compensation option, and take the headache out of all the busy work. Contact us today to learn more about getting paid for taking care of a family member.

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

Personal Care Services

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!