What to look for in a home care professional
Credentials and experience
For that reason, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve done a good background check on the carer, the organisation they’re from and checked what their previous experience is. Different countries have different regulations and laws pertaining to disability support services. A good first step is speaking with your GP who can give you the right direction on who to speak with and what to check for.
Good reviews from others
A good personality fit with your mobility impaired loved one
Compatibility between carer and client can lay the foundation for many years of positive in-home living experiences for someone with mobility difficulties. Every combination is different, so what works for one family may not work for another.
A good communicator
The ability to adapt on the fly as required
Many of these changes are likely to be inconsequential such as the order of certain dressing tasks or where to eat in the home, but other things may require support from the occupational therapist to determine how best to adjust these.
A home carer will be able to determine in the moment whether such requests fall into the ‘on-the-fly’ or ‘needs further discussion’ category.
Home carers do an incredible job for our global mobility impaired community. They not only empower their clients to get through the day with dignity and comfort but they’re a big support to families committed to other things like work, parenting, school and socialising.
Enjoyed this article? You may be interested in these resources online:
- 5 Things You Need to Know About Choosing an In-Home Care Provider – First Choice In Home Care
- 5 Qualities to Look for in a Caregiver – AgingCare
- Home care services: Questions to ask – MayoClinic
The information in this article is intended as general information only and is not a replacement for official health guidance by your local medical providers. Please always consult an occupational therapist and/or local healthcare for more specific guidance.