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How to Prepare for an In-Home Consultation with Visiting Angels Annapolis

Here’s what families in Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Millersville, Pasadena, Crownsville, Arnold, Saverna Park and Nearby Cities in Maryland can expect from a free in-home consultation with Visiting Angels

Exploring senior care options for your loved one can prompt a lot of questions, like issues concerning costs, scheduling, services and caregiver qualifications. Is in-home care the best choice for you? The process of finding the right solution can be overwhelming.

At Visiting Angels Annapolis, our in-home consultations offer an opportunity to learn about our home care services. A care coordinator will come to your home and answer your questions. The coordinator will get acquainted with you and your loved one to understand your specific needs.

Your FREE consultation will provide expert guidance to help you navigate the decision-making process. It’s the first step to getting high-quality professional senior care at home.

How Should I Prepare for My In-Home Consultation with Visiting Angels Annapolis?

Before your consultation, tell your loved one that you are considering hiring a professional caregiver from Visiting Angels Annapolis. The decision to hire professional care can be a sensitive, emotionally charged issue which may be met with objections. If your loved one resists the idea, listen to their concerns, but emphasize that their health and well-being are your top priorities.

Also, think about specific care needs. What time of day does he or she typically need assistance? What tasks are the most challenging? Is there a chronic illness such as Alzheimer’s disease that requires specific services? Also, review your financial situation in advance. How much money is in your budget for in-home care? It’s a good idea to bring a list of questions to cover during the consultation.

What Topics Will We Cover?

At Visiting Angels Annapolis, our compassionate care coordinators are skilled at putting seniors and family caregivers at ease, especially regarding sensitive issues. The main goal is to match your needs with our home care services. We will also cover scheduling preferences, how to best collaborate with our office, caregiver qualifications, oversight and emergency procedures. Our in-home consultations also include complimentary home safety and fall-risk assessments.

Services discussed might include:

  • Personal Care: We can assist with meal planning and preparation; light housekeeping; errands and transportation to appointments; mobility assistance; medication reminders; and personal hygiene.

     

  • Companion Care: We can fulfill your loved one's needs for social interaction and emotional support.

     

  • Social Care: We can help seniors utilize modern technologies like email, search engines and video chat programs to stay in touch with friends and family.

  • Memory Care: We can provide in-home care for seniors living with dementia caused by Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. We assist with fall prevention, wandering prevention and sundown syndrome.

When Will Care Begin?

Your care coordinator will use information from your consultation to develop a comprehensive care plan tailored to your loved one’s unique needs. The plan will include a schedule and a description of specific tasks that require caregiver assistance. Your care coordinator will then match your loved one with a compatible caregiver.

Caregivers typically begin providing senior care within 48 hours of the initial consultation. In some cases, services can start the same day.

Can We Meet Virtually?

For family members who would rather meet virtually because of COVID-19 concerns, Visiting Angels Annapolis offers consultations via video conferencing technology. Long-distance caregivers can join consultations by telephone or video conferencing.

To learn more about in-home care in Annapolis and the surrounding areas, contact our Millersville, MD office at 410-587-2316.

Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.