How to get home care for an elderly parent

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How to get home care for an elderly parent
In-home care is available for those with or without medical needs, depending on the services you prefer. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Getting care for an elderly parent may not be as simple as dialling a company and requesting the help, particularly if your parent has a say in the matter. Communicating thoroughly with your elderly parents about in-home care is key to getting help for them easily without upsetting them or disrupting their daily routines.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Discuss the possibility of getting in-home care with your parent.

  2. 2

    Research and call various local home-care solution services in your area by using your phone book and visiting locations in your city. Visit websites such as Senior Helpers (, Home Instead ( or Comfort Keepers ( to find various home-care solutions in your area.

  3. 3

    Request information from various home-care services regarding pricing, service features and in-home options (such as meal-cooking, bathing and administering medicine). This will help you get an idea of pricing and overall costs of different services.

  4. 4

    Choose a home-care service solution about which you and your elderly parent agree (if possible). Find a home-care service that will work around your schedule and one that is licensed to administer medication or therapy for your parent, if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Research reviews online and through official business-rating services about various home-care companies to verify the business is legitimate and also well-liked by clients and past customers.
  • In some cases, the children of elderly parents have the legal rights to hire outside and in-home care.

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