How do I find in-home care for my father?
How do I find someone to come to my father's home and care for him? He has broken both hips, is somewhat mobile, very stubborn and independent.
There are several ways you can find in home help for your dad, someone to do housework, chores, or nursing care. First you can try a home health care agency. These are basically job placement services that specialize in providing home help for people who are ill or disabled, including seniors. Agencies will match a worker to your situation and usually handle most of the paperwork and supervision. The second way is to hire someone independently, where you interview candidates and handle the paperwork and supervision. Both ways can work well. Hiring through an agency almost always costs more than hiring independently. To find agencies, check on-line or in the telephone directory under "home health care" or "visiting nurses." To find independent workers, ask local senior centers, churches or senior organizations for referrals. Also check local classified ads in a newspaper or on-line. For help finding independent or agency workers, try the local Area Agency on Aging's Eldercare Locator, which links you to local senior services.
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