Ensuring Bathroom Safety

Of the falls that occur within the home, approximately one-half of these occur in the bathroom.  This makes sense when considering that the environment is, by necessity, comprised of hard surfaces which are often wet or damp.  With the elderly, factor in less-than-perfect balance or failing eyesight, and a misstep in this room can spell disaster. 

480738141There are many bathroom safety products that are designed for ease of transfer in and out your shower or tub. Raised toilet seats, toilet safety frames, and non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone appliqués in the tub can help prevent falls.

In addition to bathroom safety products, a home health aide can assist with bathroom safety.  A home health aide can assist an elderly person or someone recovering from surgery or illness with access to and from the bathroom.  A personal care aide can help with bathing, drying off, dressing, and grooming.  Having another person to help with balance and ensure that a wet surface is wiped dry can ensure bathroom safety.

At David York Agency, we understand that caregiving is a process that demands compassion, caring, patience & expertise.  Our home health aides are up-to-date with the latest caregiver techniques and are ready and available whenever you decide to begin service. If you would like more information about home health aides, please contact us at 718.376.7755 or www.davidyorkagency.com and visit our Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter pages.

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.