Steps to Help You Find Home Care Services in Your Area – Wilmington PA

Are you searching for home care services in your area for a loved one or friend?  There are many advantages to home care, but the search can be overwhelming, and stressful. Here are some steps to consider when looking for a home care provider in your area.Home Care Services Wilmington PA

There are many ways to search for home care services in your area online. There are many agencies that provide home care services.  However, hiring from an agency doesn’t guarantee that the caregiver is necessarily qualified.  Hiring from an agency is like taking a shot in the dark.  Agencies often offer a false sense of security regarding the background, and skilled training of a caregiver.

One study surveyed 180 agencies around the country regarding their hiring methods, screening, training, and skilled competencies.  The study found that only 55 percent of the agencies did a federal background check, only one-third did drug testing, and one-third tested for skills.

If you are considering hiring a home caregiver from an agency, be sure to do your research or find out when you contact them about the following:

  • Get references even if using a well-known agency.
  • Find out their method for recruiting job candidates.
  • Ask what hiring requirements they look for in potential employees.
  • Find out what type of screening is performed before caregivers are hired.  Ask if they do a criminal background check, or drug test before they consider hiring a caregiver.
  • Find out how the agency assesses a caregiver’s skills and if they offer training.
  • You want to know if you are not satisfied with a caregiver, if the agency will provide you with a different person.
  • If the caregivers are supervised, and evaluated on a regular basis regarding their quality of care.

You can narrow down the search by entering your city, state, or zip code.  Some sites (Care.com, for example) will let you place an ad for a caregiver and those interested in answering the ad, contact you for further details.

As well as posting an ad online, you can post a caregiver ad in your local paper. Physicians and specialists may even be able to refer you someone who can provide you with the means necessary for hiring a caregiver specifically for the needs of you, and your loved one.

Whether you go through an agency, or hire an individual from an ad you place, be sure to ask the right questions that properly allow you to assess the qualifications and ability of a caregiver.

The caregivers at CareGivers Plus are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. CareGivers Plus is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care services in Wilmington PA, and the surrounding areas. Call 724-638-7110 for more information.

About Robert Devine

Robert Devine is Owner and Administrator at Caregivers Plus Home Health Care of Hermitage, PA.

Whether it’s conversation and company, or just eating a meal together, having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.

Caregivers Plus has been operating as a locally owned family-operated home care agency in Mercer County since 1994.
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