Adam Blecker, president of New Jersey-based in-home care business Seniors In Place, said a good place to start is to first figure out how much help you need.
“If you are just looking for some extra care, now is probably not the best time to do that. But if you have a need — if you are truly worried about mom or dad falling, if their condition is declining, if they need assistance bathing or incontinence care — that’s when you want to look at the right agency,” he said.
Just make sure the company you choose is prepared for COVID-19 restrictions, Blecker advised.
“Are they screening their caregivers? Are they providing the proper personal protective equipment? Is the caregiver going to be provided by the agency with an N95 mask? Do they have an emergency kit in the event your mom or your dad starts to develop symptoms? Do they have any plan in place on how to deal with that?”
Blecker said to make sure the company is accredited, employs registered nurses, and is locally based, so caregivers can be found close to where you live.