We’ve covered how to get started with choosing a home healthcare service provider in a previous article, along with some questions to ask during the selection process. Finding a good homecare nurse is really important, which is why we’re going to review some more tips on how to choose a good one in this article. Let’s get started, shall we?
The Right Nurse for the Job
There are plenty of homecare service providers to choose from and it is important that you work with a reputable and experienced one. That said, it is also important to know the nurse that will be taking good care of you or your loved one.
Before deciding to hire a nurse, have a quick interview session. The goal here is to find out more about the nurse and how comfortable you are with that person. Ask for qualification details. A nurse who has completed an online RN to BSN degree from a top university like Arizona State University is a good start.
You should also ask more questions about the experience that person has on taking care of other people. If you’re hiring a homecare nurse for your parents, for instance, finding one that has good experience in taking care of elderly people is also a good idea.
Last but not least, trust your feelings. This is why talking to the person directly can be very helpful. Only hire the nurse you’re comfortable with the most. After all, you’ll be trusting that person to take care of you or your loved one.
Have Test Sessions
A lot of homecare service providers and agencies now allow you to have test or trial sessions before committing to a longer-term contract. Take advantage of the opportunity and see if the person assigned to you performs well. You will also be able to see if your loved one is also comfortable with the nurse.
Warm interaction is key. Be sure to observe how the assigned nurse handles the day-to-day tasks he or she needs to do and check if that person interacts well with your loved one. It is much easier to see these things during the trial session since you will be able to review the actual performance of both the agency and the nurse assigned to you.
Review and Evaluate
Don’t forget that getting homecare services is not a one-time deal. You still need to regularly check the performance of your service provider and the assigned nurse (or nurses). Don’t hesitate to ask for a replacement or make suggestions on how the care can be provided in a more comforting manner.
Take the opinions of your loved one into considerations too. If the nurse is taking care of your mother, for instance, and she has complaints, be sure to listen to those complaints and take them into consideration.
There is no shortage of options when it comes to homecare services, which means you should never settle for anything but the best. Follow these tips and you will be able to provide your loved one – or yourself – with the best care possible.
Updated: September 19, 2016