Ecology of Money

How to Vet a Home Care Agency

John F. Wasik

When my father, now 91, was no longer able to fully care for himself, his emerging needs unfolded slowly. At first, we noticed unpaid bills began to stack up, which my younger brother and I took over managing. Then there were other daily details of his life, such as cleaning and eating, that began to deteriorate.

Since my father had no intention of moving into assisted living--he rejected the places we toured--yet couldn't continue to be completely on his own, the third option, which we knew little or nothing about, was home care.