Does Your Loved One Need Eldercare At Home?
If you are looking for eldercare at home, whether for yourself or a loved one, you are not alone — more than 58% of elderly adults need some form of care.
Finding the perfect caregiver isn’t an easy task. After all, you’re doing more than choosing someone you believe will be a good fit for the job. You also want someone that will be a good match for you and your loved one.
Additionally, you want a candidate with the right skills and qualifications, as well as the ability to fulfill multiple roles. For many families, the ideal caregiver is also a:
- Personal care attendant (PCA)
- Home health aide (HHA)
- Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
But, most importantly, you want someone who you trust to care for your family member. Knowing this, what should you consider when looking for someone who can provide eldercare at home?
Searching for the right candidate can seem daunting, but there are a few things you can do to make the process easier on yourself.
10 Things To Consider For Eldercare At Home
1) Understand what you are looking for in a caregiver
What do you exactly want the caregiver to do? List all the duties and responsibilities and make sure they are clear to yourself and potential candidates. Answer any questions the candidate has and alleviate whatever concerns he or she may have.
2) Look for someone with the right qualifications
Does your loved one need someone who has 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 which qualities the caregiver should have
It’s important to take the potential caregiver’s personality into account. For example, would you or your senior parents feel more comfortable with someone extroverted, talkative, opinionated, and has a strong sense of humor? Or perhaps someone more introverted, quiet, patient, or easy-going would be a better fit.
4) Determine if the position is part-time or full-time
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 it is clear upfront.
5) Be comfortable with what you want to pay per hour
Understand that those who provide eldercare at home charge more when working for fewer hours.
6) Interview at least two to three caregivers
You may think you have found the perfect candidate. However, it is always good to interview other people to be sure. Interviewing multiple candidates is an excellent way to find a backup aid in case of an emergency.
When you hire a caregiver through Meetcargivers, we will help you find several possible matches for your loved one.
7) Communicate with the caregivers
Eldercare has numerous expectations and responsibilities, so you should make your expectations clear. Additionally, make sure they are capable and willing to do tasks you require, such as bathing, driving, cooking, housekeeping, or 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 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 after hiring
The more you and your loved one’s caregiver 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.
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