When it’s time to consider a caregiver for your loved one, it can be an overwhelming task--- not to mention a stressful time. Here is a helpful guide if and when you need to move in that direction:
1. Assess your needs. Before conducting interviews and hiring anyone, it’s critical to sit down with your loved one and write down needs, limitations, likes and dislikes, and the level of assistance needed. Determine exactly what kind of care your loved one requires such as personal care (bathing, eating, dressing), household care (cooking, cleaning), health care (medication management, doctor appointments), and/or emotional care (conversation, companionship).
2. Determine the cost. Hiring in-home help can be expensive, particularly if your loved one requires full-time help. However, if they only need a few hours a day or week, and you have family members to assist, it can help save on the cost. You will want to determine if your loved one has a long-term care insurance policy to help cover the cost, and also look into the Department of Labor for your state. This will help you discover things such as the state minimum wage, overtime rules for in-home aids etc.
3. Start your search. Once you and your loved one are on the same page and you have a clear picture on what is needed, you can begin the search. There are various avenues to explore such as going through an agency or registry. Regardless of whether your family member is Medicare-eligible, the official website for Medicare provides a useful resource to compare and research home health agencies in your area. And of course you can utilize your own network of friends and family to see if they know a reputable and trustworthy caregiver.
4. Making a decision. When you’ve narrowed your search to applicants to be interviewed, make sure to conduct those interviews with your loved one. Think of this process like dating. It’s important your loved one feel comfortable with the caregiver and there is a true connection. After interviews, don’t forget to ask/check references. And if you hire someone and are not happy with them, don’t be afraid to try again to get someone that is a better fit.
When hiring a caregiver, the most important thing is to ensure your loved one is taken care of--- so take the time to research and find the best fit possible.
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