As previously discussed, be sure that you have selected the proper type of Agency, whose staff has the requirements to meet your present needs, and can move forward with you with a minimum amount of disruption should your needs change in the future.

If you have determined that a Companion / Homemaker service best suits your needs, your companion / homemaker should be prepared to perform any or all of the following tasks; companionship and conversation to maintain, stimulate, and enhance one’s social atmosphere.  Also, engaging in activities such as board games, card games, hobbies and other social activities that the recipient enjoys.  Laundry, linen changes, and light housekeeping such as vacuuming, and mopping floors, dusting and cleaning of bathrooms and kitchen areas as a clean and healthy living environment should be maintained.  Shopping and transportation services to social events, appointments and church should be available (possibly with additional fees for mileage reimbursement to the caregiver), healthy nutritious meal preparation that may need to be diet specific if required.  Medication reminders can be provided if necessary, however, your caregiver cannot administer medications in the State of Florida.  As your needs change, any of these services and more may be added or eliminated as needed.

If you require Personal Care, which is hands-on assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) such as bathing, dressing, or incontinence care, the Agency or Registry that you select should be properly licensed by their governing authority to offer those hands-on services.  Ideally, that caregiver should be properly trained, supervised, and overseen by a qualified individual such as a Registered Nurse.  The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Home Health Aide (HHA) provided should be prepared to perform any or all of the assignments provided by a Companion / Homemaker, plus; safe transferring and repositioning for those needing assistance or assist with mobility needs, help with personal hygiene needs like bathing, showering, hair care, oral care and feeding for those requiring a helping hand.  A CNA and HHA may provide these services and quite possibly more.  Please check with the governing authority in your state for further information.