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Five Questions to Ask When Interviewing Senior Care Agencies

When you and your parents decide it’s time for senior care services, you’re going to be anxious. It’s difficult to trust a stranger who comes into your lives. If you ask the right questions, you’ll end up with a caregiver who becomes a vital part of your family.

Senior Care Simpsonville SC - Five Questions to Ask When Interviewing Senior Care Agencies

Senior Care Simpsonville SC – Five Questions to Ask When Interviewing Senior Care Agencies

Here are the questions you need to ask.

What Training Do Your Senior Care Professionals Receive?

Find out what training caregivers complete. First aid and CPR training should only be a bare minimum. You want to make sure caregivers are also trained to handle things they’ll be facing. If a caregiver is working with a senior who has Alzheimer’s, it’s important the caregiver is able to manage the agitation and mood swings that go hand-in-hand with the disease.

What Background Checks Are Completed?

Agencies may run federal and state background checks. Some may only do one to save money. Ask which checks are completed. You want background checks that look for both state and federal crimes. You may also want to run a search on a caregiver to see if you find any news articles or police logs for events that may not have gone on that person’s record.

Are Drug Tests Performed Randomly?

According to experts, it can take THC up to 7 days to leave the system. Other drugs clear out in as little as a day or two, which can make it easy to pass a test even though that person does use drugs from time to time. You may not be comfortable with someone who does use recreational drugs being your parent’s caregiver. Ask if tests are random and you don’t have to worry.

What Happens if Our Caregiver Doesn’t Show Up?

Verify the policy if the caregiver doesn’t show up. Most agencies will assign a replacement for the day. If your parent is nervous around someone new, you may need to be there for the introduction. You’ll need to stay until your mom or dad is comfortable with the replacement.

What Are Your Rates?

Rates vary from one town to the next. They’re also determined by the number of hours a caregiver is needed and what kinds of care your parent needs. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey in 2018, the average hourly cost of home care in the United States is $22 an hour. Rates are lower in some areas and higher in others. Rates are also dependent on the service being offered.

The only way to get exact rates is by talking to a senior care agency and discussing the services your parent needs each day or week. Call our senior care agency to get started.

Sources:  https://www.genworth.com/aging-and-you/finances/cost-of-care.html
https://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/invitrodiagnostics/drugsofabusetests/ucm125722.htm

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Senior Care Services in Simpsonville SC, please contact the caring staff at Upstate Home Care Solutions today. Call (864) 527-0455.

James Bennett

James Bennett is a native of Taylors, SC. A graduate of Riverside High School, he attended Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Packing Science. Upon graduation, he commenced on a career path in food manufacturing with Nestle Frozen Foods (1999 – 2008) and Country Fresh, Inc. (2008 – 2011). When James was only 12, his father, at the age of 37, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).With both an ailing father and a grandmother suffering from several medical conditions, James Bennett and his family were able to unify and provide their loved ones with the home care they needed. Their family structure and consistent schedule were key aspects in providing care. Unfortunately, not all families have the structure, resources, or flexibility to provide the home care their loved one desires. James understands the difficulties families and caregivers encounter while providing and caring for loved ones. A loving son, husband, and father who understands the need to help families, James created Upstate Home Health Care Solutions, LLC in 2011 to fill in the gap for families who need caring individuals to assist with a loved one’s home care needs.

• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business of the Year 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) Program participant 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce MBA Excellence Award Recipient 2017
• Featured on the cover Upstate Business Journal June 2016
• Community Works Economic Impact Award 2016
• Board Member of Ten at the Top (TATT) and Fire Pit Ranch (FPR)
• Member of Upstate Senior Network, Greenville & Spartanburg Chapters
• Member of the Healthcare division of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce
• Member of the Better Business Bureau
• Staff member of Palmetto Boys State sponsored by the American Legion
• Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.