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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Caregivers in Dallas

Putting your loved one in the hands of a caregiver isn’t always an easy decision to make. Most people want to live privately in their own homes for as long as they can; however, as life progresses, and complications arise, that isn’t possible without someone to assist with their day-to-day living. Although most families would love to volunteer their own time, many decide that hiring a caregiver is the smartest solution. If you’ve found yourself in this position, there are a few questions you should be asking. These are the top five things to consider when choosing caregivers.

Will the Dallas Caregiver Consistently Be Assigned to Your Loved One?

As well as overseeing your loved one’s day-to-day life, a good caregiver will provide companionship and build a strong rapport with them. It’s important, then, when choosing among caregiver services to clarify that the person you hire will consistently be assigned to them. Switching between caregivers can often cause confusion and distrust which can lead to your loved one experiencing depression and feelings of worthlessness. A reputable healthcare provider like Dignity Team Health will consistently go out of their way to ensure that the caregivers they assign are dedicated for the long run.

Is the Caregiver Service Covered by Your Health Insurance?

Affordability is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a caregiver service. You should be sure that you have the means to cover the service for however long it’ll be needed. To lessen the costs, it’s preferable to find a caregiver service that can be covered, at least partially, by your health insurance. Make sure you check with both your insurance provider and caregiver service when considering your options.

How Credible is the Caregiver?

A lot of families worry about putting their loved one into the hands of a stranger. It’s an understandable thing to worry about, which is why you should only consider working with the most credible caregivers in your area. Make sure you research each caregiver service you’re considering, and even speak with others, if possible and invited, who have received care from the caregivers in question. You can also read reviews online. 

What Level of Care Does Your Loved One Need?

Various caregiver services offer a whole array of care options based on your loved one’s own personal needs. Whether you’re looking for short-term post-surgery care or hospice care due to a terminal illness, there’s a service out there that will serve you well. Dignity Team Health is known for its hospice and palliative care, providing just the right kind of comfort and support to our patients (along with their patients’ families). We provide routine and continuous care (such as pain management and administering medication), respite care for primary caregivers, and general in-patient care.

Is There an Option to Stay at Home?

If your family member has a terminal illness, you might think it’s necessary to send them to a dedicated hospice. However, what a lot of people don’t realise is that hospice care can also be administered in the comfort of your own home. At Dignity Team Health, our hospice caregivers come to your loved one and provide them with the physical, spiritual and emotional support they need in the final months of their life.

Equally so, if your loved one doesn’t have a life-limiting illness but does have a physically-limiting condition, you might also think that it’s better to put them in a dedicated care setting. However, with some adjustments around the house and the support of a home health caregiver, it’s definitely possible for them to live comfortably, while under care, in their own home.

To learn more about finding a caregiver for your loved ones during their elderly years, visit our website and browse the services we can provide. There are many things to consider when choosing a caregiver but, with our skilled and compassionate staff, you can rest assured that your loved one will be in kind and caring hands.