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    By Kate Uriz

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    Planning and Scheduling Personal Home Care Assistance

    • How do I start with advanced planning for in-home care assistance?
    • How do we prepare for or anticipate care needs?
    • Mom wants occasional home care assistance but dad doesn't.
    • How can we coordinate agency care with our large family of caregivers?
    • If a professional caregiver is hired, do I need to sign a contract?

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    • If we use a home care assistance agency, will we get the same caregiver each day?
    • How does an agency match up the right person for in-home companionship?
    • What do you advise if my mother doesn't get along with the caregiver?
    • Can we try out a caregiver for our autistic son for a couple of hours?
    • How do professional caregivers manage difficult behaviors?
    • What if we don't like a caregiver's cooking?
    • Can we request a caregiver who speaks a certain language?
    • What if we don’t like the caregiver?
    • Do agencies require that each caregiver's competency be tested?
    • How do I know I can trust the people coming into my home?
    • Are we compensated if the caregiver accidentally breaks something of value?
    • What happens if the caregiver is accidentally injured?

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    Personal Home Care Assistance Services

    • How much time is needed to plan and prepare meals each week?
    • Can a caregiver use my mom’s debit card for groceries?
    • Do agencies coordinate with other local resources for frail seniors?
    • What types of home care assistance are best for parents with mobility problems?
    • Dad isn't eating enough and is losing weight. Any suggestions?
    • What is the minimum amount of assistance that an agency provides?
    • Managing dad's medications is a big problem. Any suggestions?
    • How often is transportation provided and how far?

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    Monitoring Personal Home Care Assistance

    • How can I monitor the care my dad is receiving?
    • Do caregivers report suspicious behavior by acquaintances or visitors?
    • Do you have social workers available if unusual situations need attention?
    • How do I keep my talkative dad from keeping the caregiver from her tasks?

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    Live-In Home Care

    • What are the advantages of live-in home care assistance, compared to an assisted living facility?
    • What are some examples where live-in home care is especially useful?
    • What are the exact services provided by a live-in caregiver?
    • What types of services are not provided?
    • What if my mom occasionally needs in-home medical care?
    • Does a private bedroom need to be available to the caregiver?
    • Is the same caregiver there at all times?
    • If there’s an interruption in service, can we get the same caregiver later?
    • Do we get to interview several caregivers?
    • How long before people get comfortable with a live-in caregiver?
    • What is the typical length of service for live-in care?
    • How is the caregiver’s time off or sick time arranged?
    • When is live-in care no longer a viable option for someone in declining health?

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