Thorough Research Helps Ensure Senior Care Safety

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If you’re looking for some form of care for an elderly loved one, your research has to go beyond doing a Google search and making a couple of calls. In fact, you’ll want to dig deep into the credentials, backgrounds, and consumer reviews of potential caregivers and/or facilities before you put your loved one in someone else’s hands.

When it comes to home care, the most important thing to look for  is a program that is licensed. You’ll also want to inquire about the special skills and training of the individual who will providing the care, especially if your loved one needs a specific type of care, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Once you do begin a relationship with a home care provider, or your senior moves into a facility, it’s wise to spot check and drop in randomly to be sure that your loved one is being treated well. Especially in cases of dementia, you might not always be able to rely on the senior to tell you if something is amiss. Sadly, abuse does happen, and it’s often not easy to spot.

Medicare also has a tool on its site that allows users to search through nursing home ratings, which are based health inspections, quality, and other criteria.

SeniorLiving.Net is a free service for families to use that are looking for senior care or senior living for a loved one. Call (866) 342-4297 to speak to your local Care Advisor about senior care providers in your local area.