Safe Home Care Tips For Your Loved One
When you hire a professional caregiver, you expect them to provide safe home care for your loved one. And while most caregiving agencies go above and beyond for every client, some do not. According to several studies, including a 2012 NCBI report,
- 8.3% of homecare agencies mandated previous caregiver experience
- 6.5% required candidates to pass a basic knowledge assessment
- 91.9% conducted criminal background checks, but NONE ran background checks outside their state
- NO agencies conducted health literacy assessments
- 12.5% admitted that they did not screen candidates
At MeetCaregivers, your loved one’s wellbeing is our number one priority. Here’s how we ensure safe home care for your loved one.
How MeetCaregivers Provides Safe Home Care For Seniors
Before we hire our caregivers, we make sure he or she has completed a comprehensive job application as well as an in-person interview.
As part of the qualification process, we only hire caregivers with a minimum of one year of relevant experience. Likewise, we examine personality traits like compassion and the patience to care for seniors.
In addition, we check references, verify certifications that apply to the caregiving position, and run criminal background checks – all at no extra cost to you.
Not only that, but potential candidates go through an extensive pre-screening process that includes protection with MeetCaregivers liability insurance and bonding, as well as worker’s compensation.
How To Ensure Your Loved One Is Receiving Safe Home Care
You may have worries about your loved one’s treatment when you aren’t around. However, there are several ways to monitor your loved one and their caregiver.
- Make random visits. Unexpectedly showing up at your loved one’s home is the best way to see your caregiver in action. It also lets your home care worker know that you’re in regular contact with your family.
- Ask your neighbors. Seeking feedback from neighbors who know your loved one has a caregiver is essential to remember. Ask them to keep an eye out while you’re away and check in with them to make sure the caregiver is following your expectations.
- Track behaviors. It is vital to monitor the behaviors of your loved one and his or her caregiver. Ask yourself if your loved one’s quality of life has improved. For example, are they adjusting to having a caregiver, or do they express valid concerns? On the other hand, does your caregiver frequently need shifts covered, maintain good communication, or seem invested in your relative’s well-being?
- Above all, follow your gut. You know your loved one best. If something doesn’t feel right, follow your gut and investigate. Communicating your concerns with your caregiver will ensure that your expectations are understood.
Lastly, check out the Care Portal. The Care Portal helps you stay connected with your loved ones 24/7. With it, you can adequately communicate with them and the care team. You’ll receive notes of daily activities and health data so you’re always in the know.
MeetCaregivers Can Help
MeetCaregivers goes above and beyond to provide the very best care for your loved one so you can rest easy and have peace of mind. For more information, call 1-888-541-1136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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