When an elderly friend or relative becomes in need of further care, it can seem a bit daunting what with all the various types of care available, levels of care that you can choose, and whether in-home or through a nursing home is the best for the situation. The best thing to do can be to discuss with your relative or friends' medical practitioner which would be best. Unfortunately in some situations as much as we'd like to keep them in their own homes, it just isn't feasible depending on their needs. Of course though, the best thing to do is to try and keep them in their own homes for as long as possible and to introduce the elderly care assistance gradually so they get used to the idea.

So what are some ways that you can make sure you are choosing the right care provider for your loved one? There are literally dozens if not more to choose from depending on your area, so it can seem like a huge task. The first thing to do is to determine the type of care required and the frequency. Some companies deal solely with sending caregivers out to elderly people's homes or providing live-in caregivers. Collect the names of several of the same types of providers so you can have at least a good level of providers to compare.

Create yourself a checklist to evaluate the home care companies against. This will help you ensure you find the best one that fits all of your requirements. After all, this is a company that you are entrusting the health and well being of your loved one to! Be sure to ask questions around training, insurance, bonding, qualifications and staffing arrangements. Check out whether they provide training on specialist services like dementia care and the intervals at which the training is required to be upgraded or updated. Be sure to also check how frequently the care providers have access to doctors and whether they would be willing to work with your friend's existing doctor. Finally, check and see that there are a significant number of quality reviews and ratings for the providers and compare their ratings by those who have had first hand experience.

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