Sometimes, due to circumstances, you will have to place your aged member of the family into a Respite Care Melbourne.

This is typically a short stay in a senior care community. Mostly the stay consists of memory care or assisted living care community.

A respite care is ideal for people who are disabled or elderly that need daily supportive services but still needs to social activities, engagement, and simulation. Respite care is also known as in-home care giving services that one requires for a short term.

Respite care agencies offer various services such as:

  1. Medication management
  2. Three nutritious meals daily
  3. Assistance with personal care needs such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and toileting
  4. 24-hour security and supervision
  5. Housekeeping
  6. Laundry service
  7. Transportation
  8. Activities and outings

However, not all Respite Care Melbourne agencies are the same. While others have prided in an excellent performance, others fail their clients.

If you want to entrust any of the agency with your loved one who need respite care, you need to be sure that the loved ones will get appropriate care.  Therefore, you need to ask the management given questions to determine their competency.

The following are the million dollar questions you should ask the Respite Care Agency you wish to hire.

What background check is required?

Different respite care agencies look for different requirements. While other organizations have strict and extensive prerequisites such as financial history, criminal background check, others have lenient requirements such as employment and educational backgrounds. Make sure to ask the managements to out the patient’s background requirements for you.

Must my loved one be eligible for Medicaid?

Some respite cares agencies, though a few, require the patient to be eligible for Medicaid. However, you should not assume that the agency you choose either need or does not need such eligibility. So, you should ask.  Sometimes the agent may terminate the care at any time despite there being other payment plans if they know that the patient is eligible.

What services do you offer?

Ask about the types of services you will get for your loved ones. Services are the most important thing you need. Services will vary in different agencies. Make sure the agency you choose has the services you require that are carried out by qualified staffs.

What should I know about funding?

Before engaging any respite care agency, ask them about their financing plans. Different companies process billing differently depending on the nature of the patient. For instance, bills and costs of the respite care provided for minors, young children, or senior citizens are processed differently.

Is there a queue?

Finally, ask if the agency has a waiting list. If it has one, ask how long it is. Some agencies will put you on a waiting list even if they have approved your funding. You will have to wait for your respite care services. Even if the lists are not often long, you may need to find a different Respite Care Melbourne.

Having this in mind, finding the best respite care agency will be a simple task for you.

Sally is a senior writer, editor and guest commentator, for Shout Agency, an award winning content marketing agency, specialising in Search Engine Optimisation Melbourne services.