Proper preparation for home care ensures that you and your loved ones receive the most from our services. Our home care experts have put together a few important tips to help you prepare for your home care experience.
- Consider if the duties you are requesting can be completed in the allotted time you are scheduling
- Create a personal emergency contact list
- Who has an extra set of house keys?
- Have your medication list ready
- Is a Power of Attorney assigned in the event the client is unable to pay bills?
- Where are the client’s Advance Directives and Health Care Proxy directions? We will request copies of Power of Attorney, Advance Directives and Health Proxies for our records
- Create a contact list of the doctors you currently visit
- Be prepared to disclose financial information
- Names and contact numbers of people you want to be contacted in the event of an emergency
- Provide written authorization for Long Term Care Insurance in order for us to verify benefits, deductibles and maximum caps of service
- Request a service agreement so that you can review the information in a quiet and peaceful manner
Before Care Begins
Alliance Homecare recommends you perform the following tasks prior to services commencing
- Walk through the house with your Registered Nurse case manager and home care team prior to beginning services.
- Approve the home safety assessment provided by your Registered Nurse case manager or physical therapist.
- Make a list of what tasks are expected, in addition to those that are detailed in the plan of care created by your Registered Nurse case manager (e.g.: general/light housekeeping, cooking).
- Post a copy of the contact list created by your Registered Nurse case manager next to your phone or somewhere visible.
- Secure items of value whenever possible, as foot traffic in and out of your home will increase.
- Consider identifying the appropriate location for your caregiver and their belongings, if you are receiving live-in support or long duration shifts.
- Review with your Registered Nurse case manager what is off-limits in the house, whether it is a whole room, particular food, set of dishes, etc.
- Explain to your Registered Nurse case manager in detail any specific instructions you would like carried out by your home care team.
- Notify your Registered Nurse case manager if you would like Alliance Homecare to provide and install a small whiteboard with dry-erase markers to communicate (daily notes, upcoming appointments, etc.) with your home care team.