Finding the Right Fit: A Guide to Getting Started with Home Care for Mom or Dad in Kalamazoo County, Michigan

Nancy Snyder

Home Health Care

Navigating the world of home care can feel overwhelming, especially when the well-being of a loved one hangs in the balance. If you’re considering this option for your mother, father, or other loved one (LO), you’ve come to the right place! This blog post aims to demystify the process and empower you to choose the best care agency for your LO’s needs.

Caring Companions Kalamazoo: A Spotlight

In this instance, we’ll take a closer look at what we offer and how we answer some crucial questions we receive from potential clients.

Licensure and Supervision: 

  • Michigan doesn’t mandate licensure for non-medical care, but Caring Companions prioritizes caregiver quality.
  • While they currently lack a nurse on staff, the owner/administrator (with 40 years of experience) and a CNA assistant (20+ years) supervise caregivers closely.

Caregiver Background and Coverage:

  • Criminal background checks, National and Michigan Sex Offender Registries, and OIG Exclusion List checks ensure your LO’s safety.
  • Workers’ compensation covers caregivers in case of on-the-job injuries.

Plan of Care and Monitoring:

  • A free needs assessment with our Care Manager helps develop a personalized care plan, followed by service monitoring through a care book and electronic logbook.
  • Registered nurses aren’t currently on staff, but the owner or Care Manager will conduct the initial assessment.

Flexibility and Availability:

  • Dissatisfied with the caregiver? No problem! Will will do our best to accommodate replacement requests.
  • Overnight, 24-hour care, and hourly/daily shifts tailored to your needs all are available.

Financial Considerations:

  • Caring Companions Kalamazoo accepts private pay, works with long-term care insurance, and is contracted with specific agencies.
  • Medicare and private insurance like Blue Cross Blue Shield or Priority Health are not accepted.
  • Weekly billing with credit card and ACH payment options is convenient.
  • A two-week refundable deposit is required to secure services.

Making the Right Choice

Choosing home care for a loved one is a big decision. Take your time, gather information, and prioritize their comfort and well-being. A geriatric Care Manager can help you assess your loved one’s needs and develop a personalized Care Plan. With this guide and a proactive approach, you can navigate the process confidently and find the care that brings peace of mind to you and your family.

Call now to talk to a Caring Companions care provider at 269-204-653 or click to get started in as little as 24 hours.

Tags: Senior Care, Care for Mom, Care for Dad, Care for Elderly Care at Home, Activities of Daily Living, Geriatric Care Manager, In Home Care, Personal Hygiene, Caregiver Stress, Memory Care, Companionship