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3 Keys to Home Care Provider Compatibility

Finding the right home care provider for your spouse, parent, or grandparent can be difficult. Thanks to our choose your caregiver program, Assisting Hearts Home Care makes it easy for care recipients and their families to find a compatible home care provider. We’ve been matching clients with qualified, skilled, and compassionate caregivers for more than fifteen years locally. We know what it takes to find the right fit, and we know how important and impactful your choice of caregiver will be.

Home Care Malibu CA - 3 Keys to Home Care Provider Compatibility

Home Care Malibu CA – 3 Keys to Home Care Provider Compatibility

If you’re currently looking for a Home Care Provider and you’re unsure what to look for in a caregiver, don’t worry. By focusing on the following three qualities, you will quickly narrow down the list of potential caregivers.

1. Check for Caregiving Skills & Experience

Home care is a wide-ranging industry, encompassing many different types of care services. On one end of the spectrum is companion care, which provides aging and disabled individuals with a helping hand for basic, day-to-day activities. On the other end, are various types of specialized care for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities.

If your loved one only requires basic assistance — help running errands, making meals, doing laundry, etc. — a companion care provider will be suitable. Other types of care will require a caregiver with specialized skills and experience. This includes any type of care that requires physical contact between the care provider and the care recipient, as well as care services for specific conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease. At Assisting Hearts Home care we specialize in both types of care.

Before meeting with in-home care agencies, it’s a good idea to draw up a list of tasks that your loved one will need from his or her caregiver. Consider researching caregiving activities online so that you don’t forget anything. This will also allow you to familiarize yourself with which types of caregivers provide which types of services.

When meeting with potential in-home care agencies, review this list with them in detail. Ask them whether they provide each of the services your loved one will need. Also, check whether they have training or experience providing these services to seniors. Finally, make sure that they are adequately licensed for whatever level of care your loved one requires.

2. Choose a Home Care Provider with Personality

When hiring a home care provider, a caregiver’s personality can be even more important than his or her professional skill set. On a basic level, this will ensure that your loved one trusts his or her caregiver. Without this trust, high-quality care simply isn’t possible.

On a deeper level, the right personality fit can be the difference between substandard care and the perfect caregiver. Your loved one will spend several hours a week with their caregiver, so it’s important that a strong relationship is established. When personalities clash, home care visits are a chore for both parties. But with the right fit, a caregiver can feel like a new member of the family.

As you meet with caregivers, it’s important that you and your loved one get a feel for each caregiver as a person. Will your loved one feel comfortable receiving care from this individual? Will your loved one enjoy conversations or quiet time in this person’s presence? Will you and your family feel at ease with this caregiver looking after your loved one? Trust your instincts and make sure that you, your loved one, and your family are happy with the final decision.

3. Caregiver Availability & Scheduling

The third important factor when choosing a compatible home care provider is scheduling and availability. While some seniors only require a few hours of care every week, others require care on a full-time basis or a 24/7 schedule. The more intensive your loved one’s caregiving needs, the more difficult it will be to find a caregiver with suitable availability.

At the same time, many seniors are set in their day-to-day routines and preferences. It’s important that these routines are maintained or accommodated as much as possible when scheduling home care visits. If your loved one enjoys sleeping in, early morning visits could be disruptive. If they enjoy afternoon walks, you’ll want to make sure that a caregiver is there to accompany them.

While scheduling and availability are important in a home care provider, sometimes it’s worth making the sacrifice for the perfect caregiver. If, for example, you’ve found a caregiver with the ideal skill set and personality, but your loved one would need to take their daily walk an hour later each day, a slight change in your loved one’s routine may be worth it to get the caregiver you feel most comfortable with.

Looking for qualified home care providers in your area? Contact us Assisting Hearts Home Care to schedule a free in-home consultation and learn more about our Choose Your Caregiver program. Call today 844-805-2144 and ask for Robert Ruetschle.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Malibu CA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hearts Home Care today. Proudly Serving the Los Angeles & Ventura County. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! (805) 371-0033, (818) 593-0094, (310) 230-5601.

Robert Ruetschle

Partner and CEO at Assisting Hearts Home Care
Assisting Hearts Home Care is a full-service and independent in-home care agency that has served the senior community of Los Angeles and Ventura counties for 10 years. We can now serve communities throughout all of Ventura and Los Angeles counties and provide exceptional care service to our clients by our exceptional caregivers.

Our team is comprised of highly experienced and dedicated professionals who are focused on providing exceptional in-home care services to our clients and their families.We are proud to have served thousands of individuals and families since our inception.

Assisting Hearts Home Care was established in 2008 by two professionals a husband and wife team who started the company after personally experiencing the challenges of caring for their aging parents and grandparents. They experienced first-hand at how difficult it was to find care that worked around your schedule and not the schedule of the agency with caring and dedicated caregivers. Since January 2008 Assisting Hearts Home Care has been owned and operated by Robert Ruetschle.Prior to opening Assisting Hearts Home Care, Robert was in upper management of a national pharmaceutical manufacturing company and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Robert is passionate about supporting our older adult community and helping individuals age with dignity and grace in their own homes.

It is our mission to give peace of mind to our clients and their families by providing exceptional care.Our caregivers are also supported by an office staff of Senior Advisors and advanced CNA’s.Our team looks forward to getting to know each client and family personally.

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