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.

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Instructions

  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 (seniorhelpers.com), Home Instead (homeinstead.com) or Comfort Keepers (comfortkeepers.com) 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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