Finding a qualified, well-trained, trustworthy and passionate about helping others may seem easier than you think. Some things to consider when looking for a caregiver: Are you able to do a background check on the person? Ensuring the potential caregiver is qualified and the right fit. Does the caregiver have liability insurance? Is the caregiver CPR certified? Also, be sure to ask for references from a potential caregiver, and don’t be afraid to contact them.
When looking for a caregiver, be sure to pay attention to your loved ones daily activities, know the type of care your loved one needs, inquire about the levels of care, and find out about his or her qualifications. Knowing when is a good time to bring in a caregiver to care for your loved one is sometimes difficult. Some key signs can be mail stacking up at elder’s home, past due notices or delinquent notices on bills, or noticing that daily tasks are becoming challenging, frustrating, or time consuming for your elder.
Knowing what type of care your loved one needs is another important thing to consider. Different care is needed for different elders. Some require several medications, blood sugar testing, hospice assistance, physical therapy, or wound care, while others may simply need companionship and help with light housework or transportation. It is important to know what kind of care is needed, then seek out a caregiver that is qualified in areas needed for your loved one.
Transitioning your parent or loved one over to a caregiver can be an emotional and difficult experience. When making the transition, remember to not make the him/her feel like a burden and don’t be afraid to be upfront about all the services your they might need. Don’t interview the caregiver all by yourself. Be sure to include other family members in the process to ask questions and to voice their opinions about the potential caregiver.