Choosing the Right Senior Home Care Solution in North East Ohio
Recognizing when a senior may need help at home.
The signs a senior loved one needs assistance at home can be obvious or they can appear gradually over time. After a lifetime of independence, it is hard for many aging parents to admit to needing help from their families while reduced function due to cognitive decline can go unnoticed for a long time, especially if the person lives alone.
Here are some of the signs that may indicate an older loved one needs extra help:
- Falling behind or abandoning everyday activities and chores such as laundry, house cleaning, and paying bills.
- Deterioration of personal appearance points to problems with personal care and grooming.
- Weight loss and an empty refrigerator can indicate that cognitive or physical disability is limiting trips to the grocery store or the person's ability to cook adequately nutritious meals for themselves.
- Difficulty getting in and out of chairs without assistance or an unsteady gait when walking around the home. These are signs a person is at risk of falls and help is needed to ensure safe mobility and transfers.
- Loneliness, depression, and cognitive decline. These can all point to an unmet need for company, socialization, and meaningful activities.
- Most people recovering from an illness or returning home after a hospital stay or surgery will have some reduction in normal activities. However, for an older adult, this can be much more significant. Temporary help in the home can offer a bridge back to normal health and fitness.
Regularly check in with older relatives and friends and now and then tactfully ask if they are having any problems with everyday activities. This will allow time to forward plan if help is going to be needed.
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Finding the right In-Home Caregiver
Next, consider what the right caregiver looks like to you and/or your loved one. Trustworthy, compassionate, and dependable are all qualities a caregiver should have but are difficult to assess from direct questioning. Instead, think about the more challenging situations or scenarios that have arisen relating to you or your loved one's care and ask prospective caregivers how they would handle them. For example, 'sometimes mom refuses to let her caregiver into the house. How would you deal with that?' Look for an empathic response that guides a gentle, patient, and resourceful resolution. Consider any language accommodations you or your loved one may need and what common interests and activities you would like to share with a caregiver - playing board games or watching old movies.
On a more practical level, also consider any specific experience or training that will be needed. For example, if the person being cared for has cognitive impairment, their caregiver needs to have experience with dementia care and ideally certification in memory care training. Less mobile adults may need additional help getting in and out of chairs and bed and training in safe lifting, transferring and use of lifting equipment is a must! Does the caregiver drive, have a license and insurance, and be willing to take you or your loved one to doctors and other appointments as part of their care?
How can I trust a caregiver in my own or my loved one's home?
This question is top of mind for many people looking to hire a in-home caregiver especially as they or their loved ones will need to open the private space and many aspects of their private life to the caregiver. While problems such as dishonesty about work performed or theft of belongings do occur, these events are much rarer than you might think and the vast majority of caregivers are completely diligent and honest.
Before hiring a caregiver you don't personally know, ensure that they have been background checked by you or the company you are hiring from and that they have all training or licenses required by your state to work as a home care provider. At a minimum, caregiver background checks should include criminal background and sex offender checks. Have peace of mind that all OndeCare Heroes go through our rigorous vetting protocol, including two background checks, two interviews, credential verification, and we interview their professional references too.
4.9 out of 5 stars.
Our four girls loved Aukia. She was fantastic and helped us out for portions of 8 days over a 2-week period. Very calm and comforting demeanor and engaging with the kids. Was always early. We would highly recommend Aukia and look forward to seeing her again.
Maria was absolutely amazing! She instantly bonded with my father and immediately took care of his needs. She engaged him in conversation and made him feel alive and whole. She went above and beyond to care for him. She surpassed my expectations at such short notice. She's God sent and I highly recommend her to care for your loved one.
Leigh is very friendly and conscientious. Our mom enjoys Leigh's company and we appreciate that our mom is getting excellent care.
Ms. T gives great care to my boys. I am so happy that we chose each other
Patricia is very kind and professional. My husband was comfortable with her and so was I. She is experienced and took care of my husband with planning and critical thinking. We will definitely be happy to have her return to us to provide care. Thank you.
Great work! Betty is super thorough and goes above and beyond to do her best. I'll be working with Betty again!
Stefana was awesome. She listened to my instructions I left to a T. She played games with my kids. Took my daughter to and from a play date. When I came in they were watching a nature show and talking about animals.
Very patient and nice. Works well with my son. Will book again in the future if available.
Aukia did a fantastic job! You can tell she has a strong education background because she took time out of the day to do some lessons with my kids, including learning the days of the week! Would absolutely book again.
I’m so glad Zachary had a fun day with Latonya. She was great and it really made my life easier to know he was in great hands this week.
Artrez is wonderful! Punctual, friendly, and my kids loved him. He went above and beyond (cleaning and creating entertaining activities for the kids). Highly recommend!
Toni was a great help, very patient with my Mom. Positive vibe overall. Thank you for the great work.
Really appreciated her willingness to adapt to our last minute changes. Took well to the kids and assisted with care
Anwar was amazing!
Kelsey was super communicative, on time, and asked great questions to make sure she provided good care for our daughter. She definitely had a lot of experience with infants and really kept her cool when the baby was losing it.
Cori is great! She arrived on time, with short notice. She was very kind and patient with my child as well as my nervous pup. Super friendly, professional and helpful. Highly recommended!!
Patricia is kind , caring , fun and responsible with our special needs son . He looks forward to seeing her. So happy to have met :)
OndeCare served its exact purpose for me yesterday. I woke up sick at 5.30 AM, booked Adailia at 7 AM, and she was here at 9 AM to save me (and take care of my twin infants).
Shertarra was great! She is very conscientious and made herself available at very short notice, even on Christmas Day!
Patricia is great! Very knowledgeable, kind/caring, capable, and easy to get along with - it would be hard to find anyone better.
Christina has been an absolute Godsend for us. She is doing a phenomenal job and we're actually going to see if she can help us out even more. We are more than pleased with her help!
Jessica is always the best ,reliable great care and excellent company.
Andrea was booked last minute & we really lucked out! She was warm, attentive and really made my parents feel comfortable immediately.
Jennifer has cared for my Mom and daughter. She is fantastic all around! She has a wonderful attitude and goes above and beyond with everything. I trust her completely to care for our family and I can't recommend her enough.
Overall I had a great experience and I am very pleased with Jaynine and I look forward to a nice working relationship. I have seen a lot of caregivers when I was in a rehab facility for three months and I am now able to judge their character, Jaynine made a great impression on me.
Cherita did a wonderful job taking care of my Mom. She was prompt, professional and quickly learned the morning routine. She related well to my Mom and we look forward to having her come back.
Nicole was wonderful! She was on time and understood the need for PPE. She was willing to enthusiastically do anything I asked her to do, and her medical knowledge was invaluable. Great job Nicole!!
Chereve was fantastic with our son! She showed up early, was fantastic with my four year old when he wasn’t feeling well. My son said he loved her!
Heaven did a phenomenal job keeping my multiple kids well taken care of the entire evening. She played with them, made dinner, and cleaned up leaving everyone and everything better than when I left!
Amber was great. She arrived early and immediately engaged with our girls (19 months & 5 years) and managed bath and bedtime routine. She even took the time to clean our counters and then some. I’d definitely rehire and recommend.
Alice is becoming a fan-favorite here at Fellowship City Church! She is incredibly professional, but also very warm and welcoming. She's great with the kids, and always works well with whatever other childcare worker she is paired with. We can't wait to use her more and more in the future!
Rae was excellent. My son was happy & had fun. She went above and beyond to help me in tasks that are challenging bc of my health when she didn’t have to do that. Very thankful to have had her help. Highly recommend!
Marc is very upbeat and seems to be bonding well with my son. We are lucky to have him to help take care of my son
Shanelle cared for my boys over the summer and consistently went above and beyond what was expected of her! Both boys are very fond of her, and I was able to work and know they were safe and well cared for - an experience we couldn't get from daycare centers. I will absolutely be looking forward to working with her more in the future!
Manny is a great companion for our son. He is very cognizant that primary caregivers get the relief they need while his client gets the attention, independence and community interaction he needs. And just a really great guy!
Tracee has been great with our grandson. She is kind, patient, and very calming for his energy. She is reliable and very good with him. He likes spending time with her
Lee has done everything that I have asked of her and now I can breathe when my son, who has special needs, and requires constant monitoring for his medical condition is in her care. I can trust lee with his life.