Choosing The Right Caregiver

Published on Friday, 22 June 2012 15:05
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You may have visited your family member recently and saw that they were struggling with making meals, light housekeeping, bathing or other types of activities of daily living (ADLs). You mention this to them, and they agree that they need help. So, you need to hire a caregiver...now what? Hiring a caregiver can be a difficult decision, but can be the inevitable step to being more independent as one gets older. Your goal is to find a caregiver that you can trust and feel confident that your loved one is being taken care of properly.

Your next question is: How do you find a reliable caregiver that you can depend on to take care of your loved one? Here are some guidelines to follow before hiring someone:

These "protections" include:

When calling agencies to consider hiring their caregivers, make sure you ask the following questions:

  1. What type of background screening is done on your employees?
  2. How long has the candidate you're suggesting worked for the service?
  3. What types of training does the employee have?
  4. Is the employee bonded?
  5. What are the fees for service and what do they cover?
  6. Is there a minimum and maximum limit to the hours of service?
  7. Are there limitations as to what the caregiver can and cannot do?
  8. Whom do you call if the worker does not show up at the scheduled time?
  9. If the worker cannot make it on a day he or she is needed, how is their shift covered?
  10. Can I get testimonials from other clients you have provided caregiving for?
  11. How are doctor's appointments handled? Does the caregiver go in with them? And, are they allowed to take notes during the appointment to provide to the family members?
  12. When driving to and from appointments, shopping and other errands, does the caregiver use their own car? Are you required to pay for gas and mileage?
  13. How do you handle a request for a different caregiver?

Make sure to interview each candidate and include your loved one and other family members, if possible. If you and your family members follow these guidelines before hiring a caregiver, you can make sure that you make the right hire decision. This will give you peace of mind knowing that you have taken the right steps to finding the right caregiver for the job. This will also make all the difference in the world to all of you knowing that your loved one is in safe hands.

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