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Quiz: What Level Of In-Home Care Do I Need?

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Even after you’ve made the decision that your loved one needs in-home care, you may be wondering which level of in-home care is best. After a free in-home consultation, our team at Fedelta will be able to recommend the level of care they think will work for you based on their observations and your conversations. That being said, it’s nice to have an idea of what level of care you might want beforehand, so you can come into that meeting with questions. 

There are several components to take into consideration when determining whether you need something like skilled nursing care or if a senior companion can address all of your family’s needs. Here’s a quiz you can take that’s been created by our Seattle in-home caregiver network that will help you determine the best solution for your family. 

These quick questions can help you evaluate which level of care your loved one could benefit from most. 

Keep track of the questions to which you answer YES. For your privacy, no test answers are recorded. 

Level Of Care Quiz

  1. Is your loved one mostly self-sufficient, but could use a hand with household chores? 
  2. Does your loved one need someone to drive them to daily activities? 
  3. Are you the primary caregiver of your loved one and just need a few hours each day to address your personal needs? 
  4. Does your loved one need constant care? 
  5. Are you unable to be with your loved one due to a part-time or full-time job? 
  6. Does your loved one feel unsafe staying alone at night? 
  7. Has it been a few days since you’ve slept at your own house, because you’re taking care of your loved one overnight? 
  8. Have you put off going on a vacation, because you’re the primary caregiver and unable to leave your loved one? 
  9. Are you the primary caregiver, but could use a day or two to take care of some of your own, personal matters? For example, Could you use a few nights of uninterrupted sleep or would you like to attend an out-of-town wedding?
  10. Is your loved one transitioning from the hospital back to home? 
  11. Does your loved one need help with a new post-surgical diet or medication regimen? 
  12. Does your loved one need a surgical sight redressed at home? 
  13. Has your loved one recently had surgery and needs physical therapy or to be taken to other follow-up appointments? 
  14. Does your loved one need help with cancer care, catheter care, or eating/gastric tube care?
  15. Does your loved one require medical care that would typically be done by a nurse or doctor? 

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. Hopefully the quiz answers will provide helpful incitement for you and your loved one. 

Test Results

Which cluster or clusters of questions did you respond YES to?

1-3, the level of care that might be best for your loved one are short shifts.

During a short shift, your loved one will spend two to six hours with a Fedelta caregiver. During this time a caregiver or senior companion can help you and your loved one with light housework, provide company, and even take your loved one to the grocery store or an enrichment program. Short shifts are great for people who are mostly self-sufficient or for caregivers who only need a couple of hours out of the day to address their own needs, like running errands. 

4-5, the level of care that might be best for your loved one is hourly care.

Hourly care is the correct choice if your loved one needs constant care. It can range from four to 24 hours. If your loved one has dementia, a chronic illness, or a terminal illness, hourly care can ensure that they get the care and attention they require. If you work a part-time or full-time job, and need someone to look after your loved one, Fedelta will be there for you. 

6-7, the level of care that might be best for your loved one is overnight care.

If your loved one can’t be left alone during the night or is scared to stay alone, overnight care can be really helpful. For example, if you’re a parent who has a child with medical needs, having an overnight caregiver can mean that you get the rest you need to care for your child during the day. For older loved ones, overnight care can help them rest easy, knowing someone is there if they need anything.  

8-9, the level of care that might be best for your loved one is respite care.

Respite care’s primary function is to provide you, the primary caregiver, with support, so you can take a break. Respite care means that someone is taking care of your loved one, so you can take a vacation or even just get a few good night’s sleep completely uninterrupted. 

10-13, the level of care that might be best for your loved one is transitional care.

Transitional care helps your loved one make the transition from hospital to home. Transitional caregivers can drive your loved ones to post-hospital appointments and potentially even provide physical therapy from the comfort of your loved one’s home. They’re also an excellent resource if your loved one has had to change their diet or needs help remembering to take a new medication. 

14-15, the level of care that might be best for your loved one is skilled nursing care.

At the skilled nursing care level, you’ll have access to registered nurses if necessary. Your caregivers will be able to provide cancer care and gastric tube care—among other specific types of care. If your loved one needs specific medical attention on a daily basis, skilled nursing care can be a really positive presence in you and your loved one’s life, because they can get the care they need from their own home. 

If you answered YES to multiple clusters that don’t fall under the same category, that means that your free home assessment will help you determine which of the two options will be best for your family. 

For an assessment of your loved ones home care needs, and more information on our services, contact us for a free assessment today!

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