Hiring A Caregiver For Your Elderly Loved One: What You Should Know

As your family members begin to cross over the line from mostly self-sufficient, to needing assistance and care, you find yourself in the position of trying to help them hire a caregiver to assist them in their home. While you understand the necessity for such care, you may not know how to go about hiring the right caregiver or caregivers for your loved one. So, before you get started with your search and subsequent hiring process, consider some of the key factors that will be important in finding the right caregiver for your loved one. 

Be Honest And Realistic About Your Loved One

First and foremost, the fact that you are helping your family member to find the home care services they need shows a great deal of care and compassion on your part. Never forget that as you proceed through the hiring process.

However, when seeking out care for your loved one, you need to paint a realistic picture for prospective caregivers. So, if your family member tends to get mean and verbally abusive when they do not take certain medications, or their blood sugar gets low, or if something in their home is not taken care of in just the right way, tell your candidates the truth rather than sugarcoat the situation. 

The more realistic you are about your loved one when presenting the job to your candidates, the more likely you are to find people who are the perfect fit and who will get along with your loved one. Not all personalities collaborate well, and not all caregivers can handle clients who may be OCD, or special needs in some way. 

Consider The Difference Between Direct Hires and Services

Home care for seniors comes in two varieties, direct hires and senior care services. While hiring a caregiver directly may appeal to you because you can handpick the individual who will be allowed into your loved one's home, direct hires can become problematic in the case of illness, emergency, or if and when they decide to leave their job with your loved one for other opportunities.

You do not want your loved one to be left without needed senior care in such situations. Additionally, you have no way of knowing if your direct hire has received proper and sufficient training to provide care and physical assistance to your loved one.

Senior care services provide caregivers for your loved one based on availability and compatibility. While you do not get to handpick the person who takes care of your loved one in this situation, you are guaranteed that they have been through rigorous training and have all of the necessary certifications to be a caregiver. And, of course, should your regular caregiver fall ill or experience an emergency, a senior care service will ensure that a replacement caregiver is on-site to provide needed services for your loved one. 

When you hire a caregiver for your loved one, keep these important facts and steps in mind and you will find the right person or people to provide such services.