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Home Care Tips: Creating Contingency Plans for Cold and Flu Season

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Hiring a home care provider is one of the most useful and beneficial decisions you can make for your elderly loved ones during your care journey with them. An in home health care services Home-Care-Phoenix-AZprovider can provide a full range of services to address your parents’ individual care needs, from simple companionship and transportation, to extensive physical assistance and support. This care provider becomes an extension of the care you offer your parents, and your ally in making sure that they live the happiest, healthiest, and most comfortable lifestyle possible as they age in place during their later years.

With the tremendous benefits that home care can offer to your aging loved ones and your care plan for them, it is easy to find yourself dependent on that care provider and the help she gives you. While this is an important part of a good home care arrangement, and you should always feel confident in your care provider’s ability to give your parents the level of care and assistance that they need and deserve on a daily basis, it is also vital to put plans into place to ensure you care plan is protected even if the care provider is not able to fulfill her role.

This is an especially important concept during the fall and winter when cold and flu flourishes and many people find themselves ill. You do not want a sick in home health care services provider interacting with your aging loved ones and potentially putting them at serious risk of the illness, or they may face a situation where their spouse or child becomes ill and they have to care for that person. Whether they have been sick, they have been exposed to a person who has been sick, or they need to stay at their homes and take care of a family member who is sick, if your home care provider is not available to care for your parents for a day or more during cold and flu season, it is vital that you have a contingency plan in place so that their care routine remains as consistent as possible.


Use these tips to help you create a backup plan for home care during cold and flu season:

• Call the agency. Get in touch with the elder care agency in your area to plan for backup care providers. Meet with several providers other than your usual care provider so you can identify ones who are compatible with your parents. That way when you find out that your usual provider cannot be in the home, you can call and request one who you already trust as a replacement;

• Create a network. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors who you are close to whether they may be available to help you with basic care tasks such as bringing your parents meals or sitting with them during the day. This gives you extra people you can rely on to handle simple care if your care provider is not available and you cannot be in the home with them at all times;

• Use respite care. If you are a fulltime caregiver you can still rely on home care to help you during cold and flu season. If you happen to get sick, or your children do, you do not want to bring these germs to your parents. Get in touch with the care agency to find out about respite care providers who can step in to care for your elderly loved ones if this happens.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services in Phoenix, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 427-4840. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.


Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.