Hiring in-home support can be an overwhelming process.
Families often don’t know what they’re looking for, how much to pay, what their options are, or how long the search process might take. Researching and weighing options can be demanding, not to mention the high stakes nature of finding the right fit.
Finding the right fit requires an understanding of your loved one’s unique needs and preferences, all while considering budget and insurance coverage. This is a very important hire since the person will be coming into the home and caring for your loved one in very intimate settings. It becomes tricky to find that person who is qualified, wants to do it, and who is going to be able to connect and build a genuine relationship.
While each family’s needs are different, we thought it might be helpful to share four challenges to finding in-home support.
It’s not uncommon for families to want in-home aides or companions who speak another language. We find that bilingual adults can even revert to speaking their native language as they age or deal with progressing dementia. When Wellthy helps families find bilingual in-home aides, we approach the process creatively; for example, requesting written communication (if willing to provide updates in the Wellthy platform) and interviews in native language when available.
Not all care needs are from 9 am - 5 pm. Sometimes, 24/7 care is required, while in other cases, older adults need someone to help with bedtime tasks. Nighttime help can be challenging to find. When looking for nighttime support, it is critical to set clear expectations on the schedule (i.e. 4 night shifts per week, including weekends) and what types of responsibilities are required.
What if your mom’s beloved home aide moves or leaves - what’s next? It can feel so daunting for a family to have to start over with a new person. But, this is also an opportunity to find someone new who is equally or even more amazing! When Wellthy helps families replace an in-home aide, we like to get to know what features, personality traits, skills, or special ways made the former in-home aide work well. That way we can look for someone new who does as many of the important things just as well.
Whether a family chooses in-home or a facility for hospice care, the decision to do hospice is a very difficult one. Don’t feel bad about being selective with hospice providers. This is an emotionally difficult time, and you’ll want to choose a hospice provider and the individual care providers (nurses, doctors, in-home aides) who your loved one likes. It is ok to be picky!