Frequently Asked Questions
What is Home Care?
Home care services include help with daily tasks such as meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry, light housekeeping, errands, shopping, transportation, and companionship.
How to choose a Home Care Provider?
It is vital that you know your options to select the best service and price for you and your family. Much of the necessary information can be found on our website and we are always happy to answer any questions you have about our agency and the value of working with a Soaring Independent Cooperative aide.
Who should be included in the process?
The client, as well as their care team and physician, should all be a apart of the decision making and selection of a home care aide.
Why Choose Soaring Independent Cooperative?
Soaring Independent Cooperative provides compassionate, reliable support for the client and family member in the home. Our home care aides are trained and certified paraprofessionals. As a worker-owned cooperative, Soaring Independent home care aides have an valuable stake in their work and their futures which contributes to the quality of care each client receives.
What if I already have an home care aid?
If you or your loved one already has an aide, Soaring Independent will assist in training, scheduling, paying and providing benefits to that person. If this is something you would be interested in, please contact Soaring Independent Cooperative at: 608-247-5890, ask to speak with our client care coordinator about informal caregiver opportunities.
How can Soaring Independent cooperative help me as the primary caregiver for a friend or family member?
Soaring Independent Cooperative will provide you with training and certification so that you can provide the best possible care for your loved one. As an Soaring Independent employee, you will have the opportunity to receive a career opportunities, support and a voice in a company that advocates for the best of our aging and disable loved ones.
What is respite and can it help?
Respite will provide non-medical assistance and support within the home environment to the care team of loved ones. Respite can be custom tailored to meet individual needs.
When Is it time to consider home care?
As primary caregivers and those who are most aware of the situation, close family and friends are well-placed to evaluate their loved ones’ mental and physical status. If you notice any of these warning signs, it may be time to take action.
Though people of all ages and abilities may be absent-minded, increased forgetfulness is often a sign of advancing illness, especially in the elderly. If you notice that your loved one’s forgetfulness is beginning to interfere with their daily activities, it may be best to seek professional help in the home.
Poor eating habits
Whether due to dementia or other mental and physical changes, seniors often struggle to maintain healthy eating habits. For example, changes in the taste buds make many of their former favorites seem unappealing. A home care aid can help evaluate and plan a varied diet that meets your loved one’s needs.
Frequent falls and accidents
Falls that could be shrugged off in one’s younger years may be devastating for the elderly. Since staying mobile is a key factor in recovery and quality of life, professional guidance will help your family adapt to your loved one’s changing abilities while maintaining a safe environment.
Changes in gait and mobility
Altered gait and decreased mobility are not just expected symptoms of advancing age, they may be important diagnostic tools. Since there are multiple physical and neurological illnesses that affect the gait in specific ways, professional evaluation might even reveal the underlying cause of the changes.
If you notice a change in their dress and grooming habits, this may be an early sign that your loved one is experiencing a gradual decline in their health. Patients with dementia, for example, may become unable to take care of their hygiene needs without supervision.