Finding the Right In-Home Care for Your Loved One
At the beginning of any in-home care relationship you are basically inviting a stranger into the home of your loved one who will be providing some very personal and intimate assistance with daily routines. Although this person might start out as a stranger the hope is that they will soon develop a long lasting and deep bond with their new companion. This makes the search for the right in-home care provider very important and not something that should be rushed into.
What Are the Needs?
The first step towards picking the right in-home care provider is to assess the needs of your loved one. A caregiver can spend anywhere from 15 minutes up to several hours with the senior depending on the circumstances. There might also be a case where the in-home caregiver develops such a strong relationship that they could end up spending time “off the clock” with your loved one.
If the situation calls for specific medical care then the provider should be a licensed professional nurse or certified nurse’s assistant. They could also be a physical therapist. These are the in-home caregivers that typically spend the shortest amount of time with the senior. Essentially they are stopping by to work through whatever regiment has been prescribed by the doctor.
In the case of personal care workers they are spending more time with your senior and providing help that could include tasks like dressing, feeding, or bathing. This is also the kind of in-home care provider who can help with some household chores like grocery shopping, cleaning and some general maintenance. This type of specialist will spend several hours a day with a client at least once a week, several days a week or even every day.
Getting the Right Fit
When you bring an in-home care provider into a senior’s life the hope is that they will get along right from the start but that’s not always the case. It’s not uncommon for you to go through a few in-home care specialists before settling on the perfect fit. The last thing you want is to have tension in this relationship. But just because you’re hiring a professional doesn’t mean they want have the personality that coalesces with your loved one. This is why it’s important to involve your love one in the interview process. You don’t just want to show up one day and say, “hey mom here’s your new companion!” The more your loved one is involved in the process of more they’ll be able to accept allowing someone into their home to help.
Check the References
Whether you are hiring an in-home care specialist from an agency or independently you should do a thorough check of their references that they provide. Don’t just accept the fact that they have a list of phone numbers you can call; make the calls! Hearing how other families and seniors interactive with your potential caregiver can help you make an informed decision.
What have been your experiences with hiring an in-home care provider? We like to know and there are plenty of families who can benefit from your knowledge!