The ideal time to look for a senior caregiver
for your loved one is actually before there is an absolute or urgent need. This will give you and your loved one time to find the right caregiver, ask all of the necessary questions from the senior care agency, and make the best decision for your family.
Unfortunately, aging is a natural process that often comes with sudden changes in health, and other emergencies. Senior care agencies offer a way to give you and your family peace of mind when it comes to the health and wellbeing of your loved one. In-home care can be a great solution to utilize either short term or long term. Home care agencies can help your loved one with a variety of things from personal care, hygiene, light housekeeping, and even cooking tasks. A senior at-home caregiver could be the perfect thing to keep your loved one safe, and in as much comfort as possible.
Below are a few questions that you might find helpful when you are interviewing different in-home care providers and agencies, to ensure you get the right level of care and individual to look after your loved one.
- Are your caregivers on contract, or employees of the agency?
While caregivers that work on contract might be ok for your needs, often it leads to your loved one having to switch caregivers, as contract workers come and go more regularly than employees.
- What is the screening process like for your caregivers?
A reputable home care agency will have a thorough screening process. A significant level of trust is required to be comfortable with someone coming into a senior loved one’s home. The caregivers will potentially have access to personal info, medications, valuables, and other things that make it necessary for you to trust them. Find out how the agency screens and hires their caregivers, as well as any information they have about how they supervise their employees.
- Does the agency allow you to meet potential caregivers ahead of time?
One of the most important things to do is to find a caregiver your family member is comfortable with, and wants to invite into their home. Find out if the home care agency will arrange a meeting with the potential caregiver and your loved one before you make a commitment.
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