Especially now, with so many people juggling school and work from home, it’s easy to find yourself fraying around the edges. Add family caregiving for a senior loved one, and it’s enough to push you over the brink! Read more about the importance of respite care to give yourself the break you need.
There is help available, but it’s a big decision to trust your aging parent or loved one’s care to someone else. Is bringing in a caregiver the right decision? How do you know who the right caregiver is?
57% of seniors over age 70 do not find it very easy to live alone. Many need assistance with some daily tasks. If your parent is one of them and plans to age in place, it’s time to hire a caregiver. There are several steps to take to ensure your loved one receives the best care.
First Steps to Take When Hiring a Caregiver
Understand Your Loved One’s Needs
The first thing you need to know is the kind of care your parent needs, and how often. Home care caregivers offer assistance with non-medical activities like bathing, cooking, transportation, or companionship. Create a list of specific activities your parent needs help with.
Assess Your Financial Options and Resources
Your finances may affect your caregiver options. Work out a budget for caregiving. Many non-profit and governmental programs offer financial assistance for the care of the elderly as well.
Choose an Agency
Many families use a home care agency because of the added security, accountability, and convenience. Consider factors such as how long the agency has been in business, their procedures for documenting and monitoring care, and how they train and hire caregivers.
Compile Your Requirements
The final step to take before beginning your caregiver search is compiling your requirements. If possible, create a list together with your loved one who will be receiving care. Include preferences about the caregiver’s gender, age, availability, and more. Mark non-negotiables, like that the caregiver speak a particular language, or have a driver’s license. Use this list to screen potential private caregivers or give it to the agency you select.
There are some questions you can ask an agency like Assisting Hands Home Care serving Columbus, OH, such as:
- What home care experience or certifications do your caregivers have?
- How will you know that the caregiver will be a good “fit” with my loved one?
- During this pandemic, how are you working to protect the health of caregivers and clients?
- What caregiving activities and services are available?
- If your loved one has specific health concerns, such as dementia, ask how this will be addressed.
If your parent is capable of making decisions or if other family members are also responsible for a parent’s care, those individuals should be consulted. Schedule times to make final decisions together. Establish processes for clear lines of communication with the agency to ensure visibility into your loved one’s care.
Remember that, although caregiving is a very personal job, at Assisting Hands Home Care serving Columbus, OH, we consider our caregivers professionals. They are trained and treated as such. If you are looking for high quality, in-home care for your loved one, give us a call today.
Sources: ClearCare, U.S. News, Care.com, AARP