5 Topics to Discuss with a New Home Care Provider

January 10, 2014

Being a caregiver for an aging parent can be overwhelming. Whether your loved one requires skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapies or assistance with daily living, home care services provide family caregivers a moment of relaxation and peace of mind.

Topics to discuss with new home care provider

Emergency Contacts. Provide a list of phone numbers, including: yourself, other key family members, the patient’s doctor, local hospitals, home care nurses and therapists, local police and fire.

Medications. When a new homecare provider comes into the home, the patient will receive medication reconciliation from a nurse. Because home care aides can only remind a patient to take their medications, creating a schedule that lists: what prescriptions to take, when and the correct dosage will reduce medication errors.

Meal Preparations. Home care aides are available to prepare meals for patients and families. Explain how your loved one: likes their food prepared, portion sizes, dietary issues, or food allergies. The more details the better. It helps ensure your loved one is care for to your standards.

Transfers. If your loved one needs assistance getting out of their bed or in the bathroom, assistive devices are available. They can be covered under insurance or Medicare and help reduce falls or broken bones. Talk with your home care provider if this option is available to help with your loved one’s mobility.

Activities. If your loved one is still independent and just needs companionship, discuss what they like to do. Do they enjoy playing games, watching television, listening to the radio, or taking a walk outside? The more details your homecare provider knows about the patient, the better care they can deliver.

VNA of Ohio caregivers provide patients and their families with a variety of services from skilled nursing care to physical therapy to companionship services. Our dedicated private-duty staff is available for 24/7/365 care for your loved one. Find out today how VNA of Ohio can help your family.

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