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4 Questions to Ask When Hiring Home Care for Aging Veterans

Care for Aging Veterans in Corpus Christi, TX

Care-for-Aging-VeteransIt may not have been easy to convince your aging grandfather to consider home care, especially since he was a veteran of the Korean War. When you first brought up the prospect of a home care aide, he might have scoffed at it saying he could ‘take care of himself just fine, thank you very much.’

Even though you knew he was having more difficulty getting around safely, you had to respect his wishes. After all, no one can force another individual, regardless of their age or physical limitations, to hire a home care aide. However, you understood how important it was to gather as much information about the services as you could.

You contacted an agency and learned about the various services and benefits they can offer. Over time you were able to convince your grandfather this was the right option for him at this time. Aging veterans, like other seniors, may reach a point in their life when support is essential.

Your grandfather finally agreed to hire a home care aide and now comes the time to choose the right one. Here are four questions you should consider asking that will help you hire the ideal caregiver for him.

Question #1: How much experience do you have?

Hiring an experienced caregiver is a great asset. If you can’t find caregivers who have prior experience, you should contact an agency. Most agencies provide some level of training that can give their caregivers the experience necessary to provide the best support to aging seniors.

Question #2: How important is staying active for seniors, in your opinion?

When you sit down and meet with prospective caregivers, asking this question should give you some insight into their ideology. Seniors should be able to stay as active as they want to be.

Question #3: What would you do if the senior wanted to go out for the day?

If the caregiver is being hired for full-time care, they may be able to provide transportation services to their aging clients. If that’s the case, the senior may be able to go to the park, visit an art gallery, visit the local VFW, or even go to the store, visit with friends, or make it to doctor’s appointments with the support and assistance of a caregiver.

It’s a good idea to ask this question to make sure they offer those services.

Question #4: Should you hire an independent caregiver or somebody through an agency?

When you hire an independent caregiver, which is basically somebody you find on your own, you will be responsible for conducting the interview, checking references, checking their background and potential criminal record, and more. When you hire through an agency, most agencies already do this.

The best option is to always rely on a caregiver through an agency. It helps to ensure that the aging veteran relies on a home care aide who is compassionate, kind, honest, experienced, and most importantly reliable.

If you or an elderly loved one are in need of care for aging veterans in Corpus Christi, TX, contact the caregivers at Del Cielo Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call 361-237-3131 for more information.

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Andres Elizondo

Andres Elizondo II is the Owner of Del Cielo Home Care Services, LLC. Del Cielo Home Care offers a variety of home health services to patients throughout South Texas. Del Cielo strives to deliver the best, most efficient homecare for patients. Collaborating with each patient's physician, Del Cielo care teams provide specialized care in the comfort of a patient's home. Care may include nursing care, special therapy or assistance with personal care.

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