Sep 14, 2015 - 08:14 AM
If you are satisfied that the agency provides qualified aides and direct supervision, you can then make your decision based upon with whom you feel most comfortable. Your decision should be based upon what the aides responsibilities will include. Are you needing mainly someone who will be a housekeeper and prepare meals or do you need assistance with bathing and other activities of daily living? If you are needing help with activities of daily living, you might want to have them each take care of you for a couple of hours. Then you will be able to see how skilled each is in assisting you, safely. Do they provide support when assisting you into and out of the shower/tub? Do they take safety precautions? Do they provide privacy for you? Are they respectful of your belongings? If they are going to prepare meals for you, you might want to have them prepare a meal.
Your state’s Department of Health Services should be able to provide state requirements for home care agencies. They might also provide the ratings of the various agencies in your area.