3 Steps to Hiring a Home Health Aide

home health aideWhen a person needs assistance at home, there are a number of in-home options. One of them is a home health aide. A home health aide is responsible for helping patients heal and go through life. They monitor their patients’ conditions, help with activities of daily living and can even assist with cooking, cleaning or running errands. If you think that a home health aide is the right fit for someone close to you, here are some tips for choosing the best fit.

Step 1. Define your needs.

The first thing to do is write down the person’s needs, limitations, levels of assistance, likes and dislikes, etc. This will help you communicate your needs to the agency so they can find the perfect fit. If your family member is covered by long-term insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, you’ll need to get approval from your doctor to ensure the care is covered.

Step 2. Find a home health aide.

You can find a trustworthy home health aide in a number of ways, but we recommend working with an agency. Agencies have pre-screened home health aides that have undergone a background check. You don’t have to pay to do this yourself. And, when you share information on your loved one, the agency will be able to match you to the right person - someone who has experience caring for a person with the same illness or condition as your loved one.

A few other benefits to using an agency are:

  • Backup care
  • Upgrades to higher levels of care
  • No paperwork - pay the agency and that’s it
  • Liability protection

Step 3. Meet with the home health aide.

You are welcome, and even encouraged, to meet with the home health aide the agency has selected for your loved one. This way, you can see how your family member interacts with them. If you have information you want to share with the home health aide, you can do so at this time. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get on the same page.

Home health aides are an asset to many families, as they know that their loved one is being cared for while remaining in the comfort of home. By following these three steps, you can work with an agency to find a caring, compassionate and qualified home health aide.