Spokane Home Care Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is home care?
A: HomeCare option for senior care that enables aging at your own home. Home Care services are an affordable alternative and a preferred choice versus an assisted living or nursing home.
Q: Does having home care result in a loss of Independence?
A: Absolutely Not. Our belief is that independence is being in control of your decisions. Having home care service means being in control of your activities and retaining as much independence as each situation allows. Many of our clients just need a little help to continue living a safe and productive life while some might be recovering from a fall or surgery, or other conditions. Regardless of your situation, our goal is to enable you the best possible outcome while being in control of your care and daily decisions.
Q: Who should consider home care services?
A: Whether you need just a few hours a week or 24x7 live-in care, at-home care services must be part of the family discussion. Home care services are not just limited to seniors and the elderly. Anyone who needs assistance with activities of daily living can realize the value of in-home care on both physical and emotional health.
Q: Can home care services assist those diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Dementia?
A: Yes. Except in clients with late stages of this disease where other options might be more appropriate, home care is a critical part in managing this disease at home. In fact, according to the Alzheimer's Association, approximately 70% of people with dementia or cognitive impairment are living at home. Remaining at home and in familiar surroundings that include friends, family, and routines are important to those affected with Alzheimer's and Dementia. Working with the family caregivers and a client's physician, home care services enable balance and consistency when managing Alzheimer's and Dementia. (reference: https://www.alz.org/national/documents/phase_4_home_care_recs.pdf)
Q: What is the difference between non-medical home care and home health?
A: Home care on its basic expression usually refers to non-medical care in the home. Home health companies usually provide home care services but typically for those who need medical assistance, such as changing bandages, handling IV's, and administering medication. Home Care and Home Health Agencies work together to keep you safe and comfortable.
Q: What services are included in non-medical home care?
A: Three main categories of care services are included in non-medical home care.
- Personal Care: often a mental and physically challenging task for a family caregiver, personal care assistance with bathing, dressing, and toileting can all be handled by a professional caregiver.
- Homemaking: ensuring the house is kept up, warm and well-cooked meals are prepared, and safe transportation to errands and appointments are all part of non-medical home care.
- Companionship: caregivers provide direct companion services and can ensure transportation to social activities, errands, etc.
Q: Can Angel Senior Care assist with medications?
A: Medication adherence is critically important to remain safe at home. Caregivers referred by Angel Senior Care can assist with medication reminders only. Drug treatment plans that include sorting and administering medication should only be handled by a family caregiver, nurse, or physician who is authorized and qualified to provide this service.
Q: How can I trust a caregiver in my home?
A: Just like nurses and doctors, Professional Caregivers have chosen a career in compassionate care for those in need. Angel Senior Care performs a rigorous screening process that includes comprehensive State and Federal Background checks and screening for compassion, identity, integrity, and competence.
Q: How flexible is Angel Senior Care with individual non-medical home care needs?
A: Angel Senior Care offers clients a consumer-driven approach to at-home care. Care is tailored to meet your specific and individual needs. If your needs change, you are in control to make any adjustments to your approved caregiver, shift duration, or scope of service during a shift.
Q: Will we have a choice in selecting the caregiver?
A: Our goal is to understand the needs of each family to understand what unique skills and personality are desired. Client input is highly encouraged while we conduct the pairing process.
Q: What is the process of finding a caregiver?
A: We make the process of finding a caregiver very simple and prompt. Give us a call and we'll conduct a brief phone discussion to understand your needs. We then can meet anyone involved in selecting and paying for care at your home for a Free in-home consultation. Within 24 hours of that visit, we usually are able to refer a professional caregiver to your home. Our team continuously screens caregivers beyond the current demand to give you quick access to the best caregivers in the community.
Q: What if I don't like our caregiver?
A: Contact us and while we take great care in the selection of your caregiver we'll quickly find a replacement caregiver at no additional cost to you.
How does Angel Senior Care attract the best caregivers?
A: It's simply our recipe. We have recently been awarded the Employees Choice award, with that word has spread to caregivers within the community and they are as excited as we are to have them join the family.
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