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5 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Home Care Provider—HINT: Cost Should the Last Thing

This is a time in life that is uncomfortable. I know because I’ve been there. I had a grandma who needed help. She had Alzheimer and eventually went from home care to hospice. It ...



This is a time in life that is uncomfortable. I know because I’ve been there.

I had a grandma who needed help. She had Alzheimer and eventually went from home care to hospice.

It was almost a decade ago, but it affects my family to this day.

My family was lucky enough to have fantastic people who could help her. They cared about what they did. That made a big difference.

In planning for this article, I wanted to check the price of what we paid. Our family reviewed the documents. We had totally forgotten how much we paid for this service.

Turns out we were paying about $3000 per month to take care of her. That was a decade ago, so you can translate that into today’s money.

But do you know what? Today, the money doesn’t even matter.

She was 100% taken care. That’s what really mattered. We had peace-of-mind. That’s what really mattered.

To be honest, Today I’d pay even more. I want you to be informed when making a decision. Even if you don’t choose us as a provider, I still want you to know which questions to ask above and beyond—how much do you charge?

Here are 5 Things to Ask Before Choosing a Home Care Agency:

• Is the company licensed? • Is the company insured? • Can the company provide a caregiver based on my requirements? • Are you in my area? (county coverage) • What’s the cost? (usually based on an hourly rate)

Did you notice the order of those things? Price / Cost came last. In talking with families, it’s often the first thing they ask.

I understand where they are coming from. But you should first make sure the company you want to work with is legitimate. Then make sure they are a good fit.

I’ve heard lots of stories of things going wrong.

Stealing. Abuse. Neglect.

Please don’t go down that road.

What’s that peace of mind worth to you?

And that’s not to say our agency is ridiculously overpriced. We are very reasonable.

Sometimes companies will try to get your business by offering the lowest price. That’s a recipe for disaster. I can list out the companies that do that.

In case you were wondering, I can list out the answer to those 5 questions for our company—Allied Professionals.

• Is Allied Professionals licensed? Yes

• Is Allied Professionals insured? Yes

Can Allied Professionals provide a caregiver based on my requirements? Yes. We have a Caregiver Matching Program. We’ll keep switching them out until we find the best fit.

Are you in my area? (county coverage) See the contact page. We cover several counties in north-eastern Illinois. (Will, Cook, Dupage, etc)

• What’s the cost? (usually based on an hourly rate) Depends. I wish I could go into details here because it depends on the situation.

With cost in mind, give us a call for a free assessment. We are happy to be a resource to you as you find help for a loved one.

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