How to Find the Perfect Home Care Agency for Your Unique Needs
Apr 6, 2021 by Danielle Andersen
Finding the perfect fit can be hard. Take the classic tale of Cinderella, for instance. The prince spends days knocking on countless doors to find his perfect match – the woman who fits perfectly into the glass slipper he found at the ball. Sometimes, looking for the perfect home care agency can feel just like this – searching endless for the right fit.
You might find yourself spending hours, days and even weeks researching home care agencies, especially if you don’t know where to begin. Luckily, there are some key factors to consider that can help you narrow down your list and identify the right home care agency for your needs.
What to Consider When Searching for a Home Care Agency
Here are five questions you can ask in your search to help you understand the care and services a home care agency can provide:
1. What Home Care Services are Included?
Before selecting a home care agency, it’s important to know and understand what home care services they offer. For example, the team at Knute Nelson is able to provide skilled nursing, case management, medication management, in-home therapy and more. Knowing what services a home care agency provides can help determine if it will be able to address your unique challenges.
2. Does the Home Care Agency Value Family Input?
Before you begin receiving home care services, you’ll want to make sure your primary doctor and family members are included in your care decisions. It’s important to find out whether or not your home care agency will value your family members’ input. At Knute Nelson, we work with you, your primary doctor and your family members to create a personalized care plan that’s ideal for your needs.
3. Will the Home Care Agency Provide 24-Hour Assistance?
Depending on your unique needs, you may be interested in hiring a home care agency where a nurse on staff is available 24-hours a day in the case of an emergency. At Knute Nelson, we always have a nurse on staff to help provide monitoring and care management of chronic illnesses, including diabetes, asthma, cancer, congestive heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and IV therapy.
4. What Training Have the Home Care Employees Received?
It’s important to know and understand the different trainings and knowledge the home care team from your home care agency possess. Knute Nelson continues to enhance the levels of care we provide by investing in our staff members and services. Our home care team members have the proper education and expertise to provide you with skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, case management, and other services you may need to thrive in your home.
5. How Will the Home Care Agency Make My Home Safe?
A key role of the home care agency caring for you is to assess your home and recommend ways to make it a safer environment for you to live. The therapy team at Knute Nelson Home Care will perform a safety assessment of your living space. This assessment will help them develop a recovery plan built around the ins and outs of your home, daily activities and health needs. They may also make equipment recommendations, such as installing grab bars in your shower, to help you live as independently as possible.
Find Compassionate Home Care Services at Knute Nelson
At Knute Nelson, our home care team is here to help you on every step of your recovery journey and supply you with the assistance you need, wherever you call home. Our mission is to enrich the lives of everyone we serve. That means providing you with consistent, high-quality care that can help you live as safely as possible and flourish in your home.