Anyone who has an elderly family member knows how delicate they can become as the years go by; elderly individuals tend to be more prone to various health conditions and illnesses, and most are also affected by problems with mobility. Looking after oneself becomes a more difficult task, and some individuals no longer have the ability to live alone. Fortunately, when this happens, there are a number of options you can take advantage of. But for many reasons, the most popular option still remains: choosing the services of a live-in caregiver. If you are thinking of hiring live-in care, here’s how best to choose the right option for your loved one’s needs.
Determine their requirements
The first thing you need to do is assess their needs. What sort of help do they need? Is it related to physical and health care, or is it more care for the household and companionship? Do they require physical therapy or the proper management of medication? Do they need help with errands and the payment of bills, or do they need help with personal care such as bathing, toileting, dressing, and the preparation of meals?
Based on those needs, you should write down a description of the job. Do you require proper health training? How about the ability to drive, cook, and clean? If your elderly family member needs personal care, you may also want to look for a caregiver who has the ability to carry their patient or operate medical equipment. List down exactly what your loved one needs so you can choose the live-in caregiver according to those needs.
Do your research
Once you have written down the requirements, it’s time to do a search. You can first ask around from a pool of family and friends if they have any recommendations. But this is a bit tricky, since you can’t be 100% assured about the caregiver’s credentials. One of your best options would be to go to a live in care agency where the caregivers are thoroughly checked and assessed and may have ample training and experience as well. Also, with a care agency, you don’t have to worry about paying the live-in caregiver outright – the agency takes care of all of that, including insurance, benefits, and more.
See if you can have a one-on-one interview
Whether you are going with the recommendation of a care agency or are hiring the caregiver yourself, schedule one or two personal interviews. Ask the agency if you can speak to their recommended caregiver first so you will know if they are the right fit. It’s important to have an understanding with the caregiver from the start so your loved one will have the best care they need.