Before making a decisions to switch the type of care, be sure to evaluate the current care service. Ensure that the current care provider cannot meet new or changing needs, before making large-scale care service changes.
Cost is a big roadblock for many patients. Residential care facilities are costly and can hinder many patients from choosing the option, even if it provides the most benefit. There are financial assistance available, though many programs have preliminary requirements to address before being approved. Look at all options before choosing or changing any type of care provider due to cost.
Dependability and Reliability
Dependability of staff can be a concern, both with home health care providers and residential staff. Finding reliable caregivers is extremely important. Caregivers who work for an agency or residential facility are often well-trained and even certified. Ask about training and qualification for both home care aides and residential providers. If working with an independent care giver, thoroughly interview them and always check references.
Guilt can plague decision making. Many initial caregivers share unique bonds with patients. Often, original caregivers are the relative of close friend of the patient. Due to the emotional connection with the patient, many primary caregivers feel guilty about changing the type of care and realizing they are unable to adequately meet the patient’s needs. Many caregivers feel they should be able to handle everything. The fact is, as needs change so does the required care. There are many reasons the original caregiver cannot continue to care for a patient as their needs grow.
However, changing the type of care received or asking for assistance can benefit both parties. Even changing a facility can provide benefit. A caregiver’s health and well-being is just as important as the well-being of the patient. A caregiver should never feel guilty about relinquishing control and admitting they can no longer provide care on their own, or at all. If the patient receives the necessary care for their needs, there is nothing to feel or be guilty about. The caregiver has done their job ensuring the safety and health of the patient.