Who’s Coming to My Home? Meet Your Care Professional

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Posted by Rachael Tom

For many people, the decision to receive care is new and different, and you may have some questions about how it all works.

In-home care professionals help you with what’s called activities of daily living (ADL), such as preparing meals, monitoring your medications, helping you get dressed, doing light housekeeping and transporting you to doctor visits and other places you need to go. This list will be different from person to person depending on what you need and will be outlined in your care plan. Please see this video to hear about the kind of things care professionals do.

If you qualify for Medicaid-funded home care services, your benefits would be used to pay for these services, but some care recipients and their families who do not qualify for benefits pay privately.

You may already have a friend or relative who provides your care and Carina can help you find respite care when that person is unavailable. If you do not already know a care professional, you can find one on Carina. 

Individual Providers (IPs) in the state of Washington must complete safety training before they start working and go through several hours of continuing education each year.

One of the great things about using Carina is that you can read a little more about care professionals in their profiles before hiring them.

When you’ve found someone you’re interested in, you can interview them before you choose them. 

The interview process is a great way to find someone you feel comfortable with, but one thing that many care professionals have in common is the meaning they find in helping and spending time with those receiving care. Please see this video and this video to hear them talk about caregiving in their own words.

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