Finding the right caregiver for an aging loved one is not an easy task, especially if you’ve never had to navigate this world before. It’s difficult enough to watch your mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, or anyone you love age. Most people would prefer to stay in their home if they are able. Daily tasks may be more challenging but manageable with the right help. This is where home care comes in as a serious option for many seniors and the disabled.
Assess your or your loved one’s home-care needs. Ask the following questions:
- Do you need home health care or medical home health care?
- If you need non-medical, what specifically are you looking for; personal care, such as help with bathing, dressing, toileting, and meal preparation, or are you looking mainly for a companion?
- Do you need help with light housecleaning, shopping, transportation, and company to and from doctor’s appointments, medication reminders, and/or running errands?
Do your research. There are so many types of agencies and independent options out there. There are pros and cons to going with an agency vs. independent/private so it’s very important to understand each. Either way, whether you go with an agency or a private caregiver, it is recommended that you call references. Both will be happy to give you past or current clients to hear about their experience first-hand.
- Licensed Agency: An agency can be a large franchise or a smaller organization but they bear the responsibility to ensure all caregivers are checked out. Before any caregiver is hired, For Papa’s Sake runs comprehensive background checks, conducts drug and alcohol tests, reference checks, and is constantly checking in with the family and caregiver.
- Independent/Private: Often a little less expensive but typically not insured or bonded by the state. If the caregiver is sick or has an emergency, it is on the family to find backup. In addition, it is the family’s responsibility to run background checks to ensure the safety of yourself or loved one. Since private is typically not insured, you also may want to look into adding a rider onto your home owner’s insurance in case of emergency.
Develop priority of ideal characteristics and qualifications for your caregiver. There are so many amazing caregivers out there and each of them carries unique characteristics. We feel it’s important to match the caregiver on 2 main components: qualifications and personality. For Papa’s Sake takes great pride and thought into who and how we match each and every client. Our assessment process is our opportunity to really get to know the family ad situation. We cover everything from personality, likes and dislikes, and special needs to ensure we find someone that will be a great fit.
Follow your heart. Interview several agencies and go with the one that makes you feel comfortable and safe. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Find an agency that will go above and beyond for you and your family. An agency should ultimately be an extension of your family so take the time you need to make a decision every in the family is comfortable with.