We’ll Be There When You Can’t Be

Nearly one in every four Americans is caring for an older adult, usually a parent. While many try to do this on their own, the task can be daunting and the stress can be immense. What if your aging parent doesn’t live in your town? What if you have a full time job? Who will care for your parent then?

A Healthy Solution

companionshipFinding an agency that provides in-home healthcare and home healthcare services can be a lifesaving alternative to caring for an aging parent relieving stress and worry for family caregivers. Our home health aides will monitor their diet by preparing healthy meals or go grocery shopping with or for your parent. A home health aide can also maintain your parent’s calendar and make sure they make it to important appointments and escort them too. An in-home health aide can provide the healthy interaction and activity that are vital for seniors by participating in your parent’s daily life by reading to them, playing games or cards and discussing the news of the day.

At David York Agency, we can be there when you can’t be with skilled home health aide services for the elderly in their home. We are fully acquainted with all factors related to eldercare services and always available to set up a senior homecare plan taking the whole patient into account. We are licensed by the New York State Department. We are located in Brooklyn, NY and our home health aides service the Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan, Queens, Nassau and Brooklyn. We would be happy to discuss your case with you. Please call us at (718) 376-7755 or visit our website to learn more about how our home health aides can help your family. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

How Do I Make Sure a Home Health Aide is Fully Qualified?

As people live longer, the need for home care likely increases. While some aging seniors can receive personal care from family members, others search for care from a qualified home health aide. Hiring a home health aide can allow your loved one to remain in the comfort of his or her own home while getting the support for the activities of daily living needed. Home health aides may do anything from providing personal care to cooking. If your loved one needs help with general house duties like meal preparation, a specially certified home health aide may be sufficient. It is important to make sure that you find a qualified caregiver that meets the needs of your loved one.  Here are some things you’ll want to make sure your home health aide has.

Certified & Specially Trained

Aide Qualified2You want to make sure that your home health aide is certified.  Most are either Certified Home Health Aides or Certified Personal Care Aides.  In the state of New York, home health aides receive their certification from a training institute.  All New York approved training institutes will be certified and licensed by the New York State Department of Education.  Home Health Aides maintain their certification by working for a licensed agency that will provide the 12 hours of annual in-service instruction they need to keep their certification current. 

Current Credentials & Valid References

It is important that your home health aide have valid references.  Whether they are from previous employers, school professors, or mentors, they should be willing to allow you some time to review and talk with these references.  A reputable home care agency will require this as a matter of course and is meticulous about validating all the information on their home health aide’s application.  They also check that their certificates are current and valid with the New York State Department of Health. 

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check is done through fingerprinting.  If your home health aide has committed a crime, they would’ve been finder-printed soon after the time of arrest.  By requesting a finger print background check, you can be sure that your home health aide is clear of a criminal past.  A licensed home care agency takes care of this step for you and is not allowed by law to hire aides convicted of a felony.  While it is up to the discretion of each agency to hire someone convicted of a misdemeanor, many will not hire an aide with any criminal background at all as an extra safety net since they are sending aides into client’s homes. 

Since the above certification and security checks can be labor intensive, many people searching for a home health aide prefer to use a home health care agency that will relieve you entirely of these tasks.  Additionally, a Registered Nurse will do an initial nursing assessment and provide ongoing assessment and supervision periodically or as needed as part of the service. 

At David York Agency, they ensure that all home health aides and personal care aides are certified and specially trained, checked for current credentials, have valid references, are interviewed by astute personnel specialists and thoroughly screened, are fingerprinted and checked for a criminal background.  David York Agency also provides frequent in-house/in-service education, is insured and bonded and only sends aides of the highest caliber and integrity to your loved one’s home.

Home health aides should be trusted to take care of aging parents, a spouse or loved one who needs extra help.  Knowing they are fully qualified will ease your mind and help make the decision to hire a lot easier. 

For more information on hiring a home health aide, contact David York Agency at 718-376-7755 and visit our website at http://davidyorkhomehealthcare.com/. Please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.