4 Things To Consider When Hiring an Elder Companion Caregiver
There are important things to consider when deciding on hiring a companion caregiver for you or your loved ones.
Here are 4 things to take into consideration before hiring!
1) What are your highest priorities in selecting a caregiver?
Evaluating what your elder needs is important in finding the perfect companion caregiver for you!
Some common qualities wanted are experience with a variety of medical conditions, good cook, and being tech-savvy. Consulting with providers before hiring is a great way to make sure your getting the priorities your looking for!
2) How frequently do you want them to visit?
Are you looking for someone who comes in daily, or someone who helps out several times a week? In deciding this, consider:
Does your loved one need help on and off throughout the day?
Can a family member or adult day program cover some of the time care is needed?
Are they safe at night on their own? Is a medical alert device sufficient at times?
Evaluating your loved ones routine and where they need help is important on getting the exact care your looking for!
3) What tasks does your loved one need help with?
Along with knowing where they need help in their routine, it's even more important to what exact things your loved one is struggling with on their own. Do they need help with bathing? Dressing? Toileting? Mobility? Meal preparation? Errands? Medication reminders? Going through their mail?
Having an open, honest conversation with your loved one about what they are struggling with will allow caregivers to know and provide exactly what your looking for.
4) Ask your loved one’s opinion
Remember to enlist your loved one, if possible, in the process. Your loved one may listen in on the initial interview, and even ask questions. Your loved one will be in this person’s care. His or her opinion matters most when it comes to choosing the right Caregiver.
Helping Hearts At Home will help you answer all of these questions. And if you decide that a companion caregiver is the best route to go, we will introduce you to one whose skill set and personality fit your unique needs!
For more on home care or a little assistance at home when you need it most, visit the compassionate team at Helping Hearts at Home today.