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Does My Parent Need Home Care? 4 Common Home Health Care Questions

Does My Parent Need Home Care? 4 Common Home Health Care Questions

If you’re starting to notice your parent is struggling to care for themselves, it may be time to start making plans for their care so that they can stay independent as long as possible. Enlisting home health care services offers your parent the support they need while allowing them to stay in their home and keep their routine – something that is important to many older adults.

What Is Home Care?

Home health care services help those who need medical care or assistance with daily tasks, such as those recovering from an injury or surgery, with chronic health issues, or with special needs or disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Health Care

  1. Who needs home health care services?

The goal of home health care is to help your parent recover from an injury or illness or provide support for a variety of conditions. Home health care may help your parent regain independence, maintain or improve their current level of function, prevent further injuries or falls, or provide care for illnesses such as diabetes. If your parent needs further care or assistance than you are able to provide but is still independent enough to remain in their home, home health care services may be the right fit.

  1. What does home health care cost and how do I pay for it?

In-home care costs vary depending on the types of service you need. Agencies may offer services at a private pay hourly or daily rate, based on how often your parent requires care. Some long-term care insurance policies cover the cost of home health care.

  1. What services does home health care provide?

Home health care typically involves assistance with activities of daily living. A registered nurse (RN) will complete an initial assessment and a certified home health aide will help your parent with personal care, such as bathing, dressing, and grooming, meal preparation, and light housekeeping. They also offer mobility assistance, medication reminders, and safety supervision. Services should always be tailored to meet the individual needs and preferences of each client.

  1. How do I talk about home health care with my parents?

Broaching the subject of bringing a health care service to your parent’s home can be difficult. Remember to try and understand their concerns, such as financial worries or a fear of losing their independence. Making sure they feel validated and empathizing with them will help reduce their resistance to this new arrangement. Discuss the many pros of home health care, such as the ability for your parent to stay in their home, as well as try to alleviate their fears.

Questions to Ask the Home Care Agency

When choosing a home health care agency for your parent, there are many important things to consider. The following questions will help you choose the best agency for your parent’s needs.

  1. Is the agency licensed and insured?

Home care agencies have specific licensing requirements depending on your state and should always be properly insured. Ask any agency you are considering to provide proof of their licensing, accreditations, and insurance to ensure your parent is fully protected. It’s important to also ask about their caregivers’ certifications and credentials.

  1. Does the agency conduct background checks?

Verifying that your parent’s caregiver is knowledgeable, trustworthy, friendly, and experienced is essential. Ask any potential agency about their vetting process for employees, such as background checks or required certifications and years of experience. Knowing that the person providing your parent’s care is fully qualified will give you comfort and peace of mind.

  1. What services does the agency offer?

Another important factor in choosing a home health care service is determining the type of care your parent needs. Different home health care agencies offer different services, so make sure the one you select offers the necessary services for your parent, such as diabetes education or skilled-nursing care.

  1. What is the agency’s availability?

Do you need a home health care service that’s available 24 hours, seven days a week? With what frequency will your parent require care? Home health care providers vary in their availability, so remember to ensure the one you select has the availability necessary to meet your parent’s needs.

Home Health Care with Home Care Options

If you are considering home health care services for your parent, Home Care Options, a Christian Health service, has 65 years of experience, certified caregivers who provide a vast range of services, and 24-hour availability, seven days a week. To learn more about home health care services with Home Care Options, visit, call (201) 897-5550, or send an email to