Your parents have told you exactly how they want to be cared for or die—AT HOME! They do not want to be in a hospital room, a board and care or other type of institution. They want to be in the comfort of their home surrounded by their belongings and their family. What’s your next step? Make a plan. It will save you a lot of time, stress and money.
A good place to start is to contact home care agencies like Luxe Homecare to find out more about their services, cost, insurance and other information. Here are some questions you might ask:
How do you operate?
Are their caregiver’s employees or independent contractors? And what’s the difference? Heads up: if you hire an independent contractor you are responsible for all worker’s compensation insurance, taxes, etc. You become the employer. And if they do have employees, how are they vetted (backgrounds checks) and what types of insurance to do they have for them?
What emergency plans, if any (earthquakes, fires), does your agency have in place?
• Ask the agency for a copy of their emergency plan.
• Find out how the agency will contact you if something happens.
• And who you would contact if you have any questions.
What do your services encompass?
For example, Luxe Homecare offers everything from help with grooming, bathing, dressing and feeding, to meal planning and preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping and companionship, to transporting your loved one to medical appointments or to social activities, including lunch with friends and spending time with family. We also offer respite care for family caregivers.
Does your agency help clients with insurance claim forms?
Luxe Homecare not only provides the services mentioned above but also helps clients fill out and submit their Long-Term Care claim forms, expediting payment.
Which agencies or organizations are you accredited with or certified by?
This will give you an idea of the standing of the agency within the world of in-home caregivers.
Luxe Homecare is dedicated to offering seniors and their families services that allow them to age in place. This helps to enrich our client’s quality of life and takes the stress off the shoulders of their spouse or children.
Besides checking out homecare agencies, consider talking to your parents about putting their wishes in writing, such as a Medical Power of Attorney and Advanced Care Directive. This will assure your parents that their wishes will be carried out and will help you get it all organized.
To find out how we Luxe Homecare can help, contact us at (310) 362-4882, email info@LuxeHC.com. We provide caregiving and home health services to individuals living in the greater Southern California area including Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Malibu, Newport Beach, Pacific Palisades, Riverside and Santa Monica.