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Home health-care services may not be the best solution

When people age, it's likely that they will require some kind of care. The type of care they receive may vary, but many prefer to stay at home. Home care is a popular option because it keeps them in familiar surroundings. This is particularly helpful for those with memory loss and dementia.

Another reason people opt for home care is that they hear what nursing homes are allegedly like. There are some nursing homes that are downright dangerous for residents. Low-staffing levels mean that residents may not get the attention they need, and that leads to neglect and mistakes.

Home care isn't necessarily the best choice, though, and you have to be cautious about your choices moving forward. Home carers also have the potential to neglect the person they're supposed to be caring for. They may not have adequate training or be experienced enough to deal with certain situations.

How can you best protect your aging loved one?

The best thing you can do is to make sure they are cared for. You can stop in regularly and unexpectedly when home health-care workers are present and play a role in managing your loved one's care as well. Staying in touch is an important part of managing a loved one's care.

You also need to do your due diligence when hiring staff. Make sure you meet them and get to know their personalities. Find someone who can truly appreciate your loved one for who they are, so you know they will be well-cared for if you can't be present.

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