Beginning Your Search for Elder Care
We all know it, starting the search for a caregiver is not an easy task. You and your loved one are not alone in the search for elder care. At least 58% of elderly adults are in need of some form of care.
Families caring for a loved one know best when it comes to finding the perfect in-home caregiver.
While the task of looking for someone who can help your aging family member can seem daunting, there are several things you can do during the process to make it easier for yourself.
When looking for the candidate with the perfect skills and qualifications, you’re looking for someone who can fulfill multiple roles. The ideal caregiver is a companion, a housekeeper, a personal care attendant (PCA), home health aide (HHA), or certified nursing assistant (CNA).
Most importantly, the caregiver is someone whom you entrust the care of your family member. You aren’t just choosing someone you believe will be a good fit for the job. You also want someone that will be a good fit for you and your loved one.
Knowing this, what are some things to consider during the process of searching for the perfect home caregiver?
Here are our 10 things to do and look for when looking for your caregiver
1) Know and assess what you are looking for.
What do you exactly want the caregiver to do? List all the duties and responsibilities and make sure they are clear. Answer any questions the candidate has and alleviate whatever concerns he or she may have.
2) Look for someone that has the right qualifications.
Know if you need someone with experience with special care such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or transfers. Would you prefer someone who has worked previously as a family caregiver?
3) Know the qualities that you are looking for in a caregiver.
Will you and your senior parents be more comfortable with someone who is extroverted, talkative, opinionated, and has a strong sense of humor? Perhaps someone who is more introverted, quiet, patient, or easy-going would be a better fit.
4) Know if this is a part-time or full-time position.
Be clear on the days and hours that you want the private home health aid to work.
Caregivers may have other obligations or rely on the work you offer for their income, and as a result, they may need to count on a consistent schedule.
If you need flexibility, make sure that is clear upfront.
5) Be comfortable with what you want to pay per hour.
Understand that those who provide elder care charge more when working for fewer hours.
6) Interview at least 2 to 3 caregivers
At Meetcargivers, we help you find several possible fits for your loved one.
You may think you have found the perfect candidate. However, it is always good to interview other people to be sure. Also, this is an excellent way to find a backup aid in case of an emergency.
7) Communicate with the caregivers
Elder care has numerous expectations and responsibilities. Make your expectations clear. Additionally, make sure they are capable and willing to do tasks you require, for instance, bathing, driving, cooking, housekeeping, and errands.
Some caregivers will cheerfully do all of these tasks. However, others may prefer to limit their work to companionship, personal care, or work within the home.
That’s why it’s important to search efficiently through our system.
8) Provide important information to caregivers
Tell them if your loved one likes or dislikes to do something, as well as her clothing or eating habits. Also, be sure to disclose any allergies to food or medication.
Make a list for your in-home caregiver. In addition to a list of all emergency contacts, it should include current medications, and the dates, times, and locations of any scheduled activities or appointments.
9) Keep the lines of communication open once you hire a caregiver.
The more you understand each other’s expectations and needs, the easier it will be to provide the best care for your parents. This is also an excellent way to develop trust between yourself and the person you decide to hire.
10) Plan for a backup caregiver.
What happens if your in-home caregiver is sick or can’t come to work?
Be sure your caregiver knows your preferred method of reaching you to notify you of their absence. Develop a backup plan for when the occasion arises so you will be sure someone is there to care for your parents.
For more information, contact Meetcaregivers at 1-888-541-1136 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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