The Myth of the “One Size Fits All” Homecare Agency
Finding the right homecare agency can be a complicated, convoluted process. Even if you know what to look for and which questions to ask, it can take time to find the ideal fit. But if you’re not familiar with the industry, this process is even trickier to navigate.
One of the toughest parts of this process is trying to distinguish homecare agencies from one another. Many agencies appear to offer “one size fits all” homecare, with caregiving for every senior and every situation. Yet when you sit down with the directors for many of these agencies, you discover that they don’t quite fit your loved one’s needs.
That’s because there’s really no such thing as a “one size fits all” homecare agency. While Visiting Angels® offers care for many different seniors and many different situations, this doesn’t come from a “one size fits all approach.” Instead, it comes from a personalized approach, one backed by specialty services and flexible care plans.
Why “One Size Fits All” Homecare Doesn’t Work
The idea of a “one size fits all” homecare agency carries obvious appeal — for families and agencies alike. For families, the idea of “one size fits all” caregiving makes it easy to find care for a loved one. For agencies, it means that they don’t need to offer personalized care plans or specialty programs.
But there’s an equally obvious reason why “once size fits all” homecare doesn’t work. Put simply, homecare is a deeply personal business, one in which every client has unique needs.
A “one size fits all” approach requires approaching each client in the same way, with the same services. In short, it means treating every client as if their needs are the same. And this inevitably leads to low-quality care.
This situation is further complicated by the stakes involved. Homecare has the power to dramatically improve a person’s quality of life and allow them to age in place. But if a person receives homecare that’s unsuited to their unique needs, their quality of life will suffer and it will be harder for them to continue living at home.
That’s why, at Visiting Angels, we believe in customized care and offer alternatives to “one size fits all” care.
An Alternative to “One Size Fits All” Caregiving
At Visiting Angels, we know that rather than offering the same homecare services to everyone, a homecare agency can serve a broad range of clients by doing two things:
- Personalizing care for every situation
- By providing specialized services for individuals who require skilled caregiving
At Visiting Angels, we’ve used this approach in creating our Life Care Navigation™ program which is available to all of our clients nationwide.
Life Care Navigation™ includes a personalized care plan for every client we support. Care plans are based on your loved one’s personality, routine, and lifestyle. By personalizing your loved one’s care plan, we can provide him or her with a level of care that a “one size fits all” homecare agency could not manage.
We also offer a range of specialty care services through Life Care Navigation™. This way, we can provide skilled care to clients with advanced or unique care needs. We provide care to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, we help seniors transition home after hospitalization, and we lend a helping hand with social technologies — and these are just a few of our specialized services.