Every day a family caregiver begins the search to find help caring for someone they love. Usually this search begins with bewilderment and confusion and the question of where to start the search for senior care. Synergy Homecare would like to help solve those initial questions with this series on how to find the right homecare situation for your loved one.
There are 14 questions every family should ask when searching for someone to care for their loved one. This series examines each question and we hope it will help not only in searching for elder care in Dacula, GA where we are located, but anywhere seniors need care.
#1 Is the Agency a Licensed Non-Medical HomeCare Agency?
This is a very important point. Many states now require homecare agencies to be licensed. The Georgia Department of Community Health requires any agency privately providing homecare services be licensed by the State of Georgia (O.C.G.A. § 31-7-300 et seq) . A State license is very important as it establishes a uniform set of rules that all providers must follow. The Community Health Department reviews an agency's operational procedures, evaluates office policies and interviews staff and clients to ensure that an agency is adhering to the rules established by that license.
These rules determine a lot about the level of care that your loved one will receive and provides protection for seniors and their families. Although many people hate to think about it, seniors are the target of many scams and abuse. Unfortunately most crimes against seniors are not reported and are difficult to prosecute. Although a state license cannot prevent all problems, a license does allow for procedures to handle any problems that do arise. For just these reasons alone,selecting a licensed homecare agency like Synergy Homecare of North Georgia can help make you feel much better about the decision to get help.
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