Looking for an In Home Caregiver?
At Meetcaregivers, we believe families are the best people to know which caregiver will be the best match for their loved ones. It’s not just about finding a companion, housekeeper, personal care attendant (PCA), home health aide (HHA) or certified nursing assistant (CNA) that has the perfect qualifications and skills, but also someone who will be a good fit and get along with your loved one and also with the family. Here are our 10 things to do and look for:
1) Know and assess what you are looking for. What do you exactly want the caregiver to do? List all the duties and responsibilities.
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.
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, or has a strong sense of humor, or are you looking for someone who is more introverted, quiet, patient, or easy going?
4) Know if this is a part time or full time position. Be clear on the days and hours that you want the caregiver to work. Caregivers may have other obligations or rely on the work you offer for their income, so they usually need a consistent schedule they can count on. If you need flexibility, make sure that is clear upfront.
5) Be comfortable with what you want to pay per hour. Understand that caregivers often charge more when working for fewer hours.
6) Interview at least 2 to 3 caregivers so that you will have a good sense of your options and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the caregiver you select.
7) Communicate with the caregivers about the job expectations and responsibilities, and make sure they are capable and willing to do tasks you require such as bathing, driving, cooking, housekeeping, and errands. Some caregivers will cheerfully do all of these tasks, while others may prefer to limit their work to companionship, personal care, or work within the home.
8) Provide important information to caregivers such as what your loved one likes or dislikes to do, wear, or eat. Be sure your caregiver has easy access to a list of emergency contacts, an updated list of 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.
10) Plan for a backup caregiver. What will happen if your caregiver is sick or can’t come to work? Be sure your caregivers knows what they must do to notify you of their absence, and what you will do to be sure someone is there to care for your parents.