JUNE 2016: Who doesn’t love a bargain? It’s a great thing when we get a good deal, a cut-rate price, on a car, a TV, or a trip. Home care services for your loved one? Maybe not so much.
Perhaps you’re looking for home care services for your aging mom who’s frail and needs help with meals, bathing, dressing, and taking her medications on time. Or maybe the care required is more complex, and your loved one has dementia, or is recovering from surgery or cancer care. You’re trusting someone to come into the home to provide the right care, with compassion and empathy at a time when your loved one may be physically and emotionally vulnerable. Would you rather hire these critical services from a reputable agency with trained staff who are paid a living wage, or from an untrained person willing to accept a low rate who may or may not provide the right care? Who may or may not jump ship the minute a better-paying job comes along?
Bargain-hunters, this is the reality. When it comes to home care services for the people you love, for people whose well-being matters to you, understand that quality care is not necessarily the least expensive care. Quality care delivered by caregivers who are well-trained and compensated fairly can make the difference between your loved one being able to stay at home, or being institutionalized. Ask yourself, is it worth it. It’s not like shopping for a cell phone. It’s so much more important than that.