There are so many possible opportunities and decisions to make when it comes to looking for homecare for yourself or for a loved one. With so many choices on the horizon it is hard to tell what the best choice is when picking someone to provide safe, affordable and quality in home care, it is important you choose well.
First, make sure that you are choosing a licensed agency. Licensed agencies in many states (like Oklahoma) are required to meet certain minimum safety and ethical standards to serve the senior population. Those include things like carrying Workmen's Comp insurance, liability insurance and secure background checks for employees. If you hire a non-licensed agency, or choose to hire an independent contractor, the results could be disastrous. You could find yourself on the end of a Workmen's Comp lawsuit, or discover that you have an employee who has a dangerous past, and should not be caring for seniors.
Next, make sure you check the agency out thoroughly. Go to their Google site and read the reviews of their company. Check out their company Facebook page, and do a quick check of the BBB to see if there have been any complaints.
Finally, after you have done your due diligence in regards to checking out their licensing and reputation, make sure that you follow your gut after interviewing the agency/person. Do not feel obligated to hire anyone simply because you gave them an interview. You need to know deep down in your soul that this is a good fit for you or your loved one.
So why is this article titled "Community Matters"? Because the agencies you can trust are typically part of a larger "community" of agencies. Many of those incredible organizations make up the Oklahoma Professionals for Home Care! These businesses have stellar reputations and decades of experience in caring for seniors in Oklahoma! Under the "About Us" tab at the top of this site you will find a tab "Membership". Click on it and it takes you to a listing of the current members of the OPHC! We are a part of the greater "community" of teams caring for Oklahoma seniors!
These agencies do more than just attend a monthly meeting together. They consistently offer training events to make our agencies sharper and better. They dialogue via phone, text, email and online... and yes, even in person... about how to better network and support each other, while also growing their businesses.
Check them out for more information!
Visiting Angels of Tulsa
Visiting Angels of Bartlesville
Visiting Angels of SWOKC