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What to Expect When You Hire a Home Care Aide

Home Care for Seniors in Chester PA

Hiring a home care aide is probably something you have never done before. Most people have no prior experience when they start looking for a home care aide or other support services.

Home Care for Seniors in Chester PAThere are plenty of home care options available for seniors and disabled adults when they need assistance at home. The most common type of home care support comes in the form of an aide. A home care aide is an individual who assists with basic tasks of everyday life.

This can include bathing, toileting, preparing meals, getting to doctors’ appointments, getting up and down stairs, and much more. There are also visiting nurses, physical therapists, and other professionals who may be instrumental in not just keeping seniors safe at home, but also helping them in the event they’re recovering following a medical emergency or major surgery.

What can you expect when you hire a home care aide for the first time?

First, the senior and aide will get to know one another.

This period of ‘getting to know one another’ can take several hours or even days. It’s important not to rush this process, but allow it to happen naturally. Some elderly individuals are reluctant to even consider hiring a home care aide, and when they finally agree to it, they might be resistant.

The more experience the aide has, the easier it will be for him or her to break through those barriers (those walls) and eventually forge a rapport with their clients.

Second, there may be questions the caregiver has.

A quality and experienced home care aide will probably ask questions about the senior, what he or she likes, the activities they wish to pursue, their goals for their future, and much more.

It’s helpful to answer these questions as openly and honestly as possible, but if the senior is closed off and refuses to discuss these things, the experienced caregiver will still provide the support he or she requires.

Third, they may discuss expectations.

The home care aide might want to discuss expectations. He or she might discuss these expectations with the senior, but they might also discuss them with the client’s family members, as long as the senior consents to them sharing this information.

Hiring a home care aide is one of the best things anyone can do when they’re having difficulty with their basic care or may need to recover at home following a medical emergency. The more you understand about these services, the easier it will be for you to make the right decision, either for yourself or with an elderly loved one.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Chester, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-31

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Perry C. Doc Alleva

True Direct HHC owner and administrator, Perry C. Doc Alleva has been in the health care community for over 10 years as a therapy solutions provider, as well as a home care services coordinator. He has extensive experience in caring for the disabled and the surgical acute, sub-acute, and rehab population. Rooted in his home-town city of Philadelphia, with strong ties to it's vast neighborhoods and communities, he's now focusing all his energies towards innovating the home health care agency's role in providing the essential care needed from individual to the family throughout the community.

Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."

In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.

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