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Planning Ahead for Care

Accurate Home Care’s Founder and CEO, Amy Nelson recently spoke at an event where the primary audience was retirement age and beyond. She was asked to be a guest speaker to come in and talk about the resources that are available to people who are looking for more information regarding the home care industry. Although Accurate provides services to clients of all ages and care requirements, she spoke specifically to where many of her audience members were in life. However, many of her points apply to any family who may be preparing to start home care services.

It was a great opportunity for her to talk about how important it is to know about home care before you or a loved one actually needs it. Unexpected circumstances often arise, and by knowing the options available, some of the stress when going through a transitional time can be alleviated.

She covered some common signs of need such as memory loss, medication noncompliance or confusion, lack of motivation, and house needs not being met. Looking out for telltale signs of need is a big piece in being prepared to get the care you or a loved one need.

Things to consider ahead of time so it doesn’t become a crisis-time decision include insurance or cost, what environment would be the best fit, and what medical cares need to be met. Discussing these things ahead of time help to make a choice that gives you and your family the most control and sense of empowerment with the care you or a loved one receives. It also allows you to have more buy-in when it comes time to make decisions.

Once you are educated and it’s time to make a decision, things to keep in mind when choosing a provider of your or your family’s care include knowing what you’re getting into, whichever route you choose. It is also important to know what the provider’s responsibility is, and what yours as the client or responsible party is.

At the end of the presentation we handed out a questionnaire that is helpful when comparing health care providers. It has a list of questions to ask that should help you and your family decide who to choose. By asking some of the tough questions and comparing answers side by side, you can find the best fit when it comes to your health care needs.

For more information, or for a copy of the questionnaire, call 763-633-4159 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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