agencies provide a trusted companion to help with a broad range of activities.
These tasks can be as simple as visiting with your loved one and providing companionship,
to housekeeping and cooking meals. Companions can take your loved ones to doctor’s
appointments and shopping.
for a Home Maker/Companion service, be sure to do your homework. Make sure the
agency you select will meet your needs.
tips to help you:
a list of all the services your loved one needs, as well as the times and how
often things must be done. Your loved one may need daily help with meal
preparation, but may only need help with the laundry once a week or a ride to
the doctor once a month. This will help you to determine how many days a week
and how many hours a day you will need the companion. (Some agencies require
you hire the companion for a minimum number of hours or days per week.)
sure the agency is licensed, accredited and certified to perform this service.
The agency should be insured and their employees should be adequately trained
and bonded. Find out how the company deals with certain issues such as theft or
unacceptable behaviors. Ask for and check references.
should get a written statement indicating the services they will provide, the
cost and payment procedures. Ask for a copy of the service plan, including a
schedule of when specific duties will be done.
possible, you and your loved one should meet and agree upon the person who will
be providing your loved one’s care. Ask about the company’s policy if that
companion is unable to make a scheduled visit.
in with your loved one after service has begun to be sure they are happy with
Maker/Companion service can provide you with peace of mind if you live far away
from your loved one or if your work schedule prevents you from being available
throughout the day. If you are a full-time caregiver, it can give you a much
that you need additional help with making decisions and managing the care of
your loved one, you may want to consider hiring a Care Manager. This person
will help evaluate your loved one and their situation, design a plan and help
arrange the services. They can also monitor the services of the home
maker/companion agency and make suggestions when the service plan needs to be
updated. Many care managers will accompany their clients when they go to the
doctor or hospital and will keep the family apprised of their loved one’s
If you have a
loved one that could benefit from Home Maker/Companion and/or Care Management services give us a call at 727-443-2273 or visit our website at www.advsrs.com.