Popular Home Care Questions
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My mother has later stage Alzheimer’s. Is it essential that I hire both a caregiver and a home health nurse?
The symptoms associated with later stage Alzheimer’s look different for everyone. For some, there is only a need for supervision and management of ADLs and IADLs, and for others, there are more complex medical needs. Deciding whether your mother needs home care assistance, home health assistance or both is easiest to accomplish by requesting and participating in Salus Homecare of Los Angeles County’s free, no obligation consultation.
My daughter lives with me full time. Why should I pay for a professional caregiver?
Salus Homecare of Los Angeles County’s professional caregivers can provide your daughter with valuable respite time so she can take a break and attend to her own needs. Sometimes our clients also find that they are more comfortable having a professional assist with some ADLs and IADLs rather than always asking a loved one for help. Since our services are flexible, you can hire us to assist only with the tasks you need help with, part time or intermittently, to subsidize and support the care you are receiving from your daughter.
How often do your clients have one consistent professional caregiver?
While Salus Homecare of Los Angeles County strives to provide consistent care to every client, having one consistent professional caregiver depends greatly on the individual’s needs and scheduling preferences. Sometimes even if you have one consistent caregiver, it becomes necessary to schedule backup care because that individual is sick or away on vacation. Salus Homecare of Los Angeles County will always manage this task to ensure you have consistent and reliable care when you need it most. Our care managers also remain on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week to manage emergency schedule changes or needs.
I take several medications, and that confuses me. Can a professional caregiver just give them to me according to my doctor’s orders?
Our professional caregivers do not hold medical licenses or certifications, so they cannot administer medications. This rule is in place for your safety. Professional caregivers do provide clients with medication reminders, and this often offers the perfect balance between independence and safety. If you do find that you require assistance specifically with medication administration, Salus Homecare of Los Angeles County can assist you with home health services.
Will I lose control of my independence by hiring a professional caregiver?
No, in fact, Salus Homecare of Los Angeles County offers exactly the opposite. Our professional caregivers empower and encourage clients to maintain their highest possible level of independence but offer assistance or supervision whenever tasks are difficult or unsafe to complete independently due to the aging process, an injury or an illness. Our care plans can always be modified to add or remove services if you choose, and we will always respect your input and goals when providing professional caregiver services.
If I decide to stop all home care services, will I pay for it or be stuck in a contract?
Salus Homecare of Los Angeles County never requires clients to sign a contract, and we do not assess additional fees for changes in service or if a client no longer wishes to receive our services.
Why should I choose Salus Homecare of Los Angeles County versus one of the other Orange County agencies that provides similar services?
Salus Homecare is one of a select few agencies that is accredited by the Joint Commission. This governing body is respected in the healthcare and home care industries and sets rigorous standards for safety, quality of care, documentation and continuity of care. To maintain our accreditation, we voluntarily focus on these high standards and expect more from our employees. This offers many of our clients peace of mind and is a deciding factor when they choose to initiate services with us. As a result of this accreditation, many healthcare professionals also choose to refer clients to us first.
What happens if I no longer like the professional caregiver working with me?
Salus Homecare of Orange County assigns each client to a care manager. If you ever feel like it is necessary to make a change to the caregiver services you are receiving, please contact that individual. They remain on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week and can assist by mediating, addressing your concern or assigning you a new professional caregiver.
Your services sound perfect. How do I sign up?
Signing up for our services is as simple as making a phone call to our office. We will then schedule a free, no obligation consultation at a time that is convenient for you and assess your needs so we can make appropriate service recommendations.
How soon can I get some help?
Once you have completed the in home consultation process, services can typically begin as soon as you need them to.