A caregiver may be the difference between ensuring a loved one may stay within the family home or will need to move into a dedicated facility. Although there are some extraordinary options for care in assisted living facilities, the comfort and joy of living at home cannot be denied.
When searching for an in-home caretaker, it’s essential to ask several questions that will help you make the best decision for hiring your loved one’s caretaker. These questions are also helpful if you’re searching for a caretaker for your own needs.
Meet with Potential Caretakers in Person
No matter whether a caretaker’s level of involvement is brief and related to cooking meals and reminding about medication, or whether it’s a full-time type of assistance, it’s important to choose a caretaker with whom the client can build rapport and trust. This is most easily accomplished through an in-person interview. A caretaker may look great on paper, but he or she must be able to interact well with the client.
Ask for Specialties and Experience
As with virtually any hired professional, an essential question regards the caretaker’s knowledge and experience. Although this information might appear on the caregiver’s resume, it’s helpful to ask the caregiver directly, so he or she can expand on the level of experience in various areas. For example, the caregiver might have experience administering medication or with social interaction like reading or singing.
What’s the Caregiver’s Schedule Like?
Experienced caregivers are in high demand, and many good caregivers are at least partially scheduled. If you find a particularly talented caregiver, you might actually have to consider getting onto that caregiver’s wait-list. You may also need to be flexible and accept a certain schedule, based on the caregiver’s available hours
Is Additional Help Available for Supervision and Assistance?
In some cases, an individual may need to receive care from more than one type of health care professional. The client’s basic needs, including meals, laundry, and medication reminders may fall under the responsibilities of the caretaker. More advanced needs may require a nurse. It’s helpful to find an agency that provides both a caretaker and nurse that can work together if a client’s condition advances.
How Will the Nurse Develop a Personal Care Plan?
In healthcare, every client is different, and this idea is quite applicable when it comes to care in the home. Even if two different clients have the same disease or disability, it’s rare that each client will fare best with a care plan that wasn’t tailored specifically for his or her needs. The agency with whom you work should always work with you to create an individual and personal care plan.
What are the Qualifications and Associations of the Agency?
Working with a home care agency to find your caretaker is helpful because you can choose from available caretakers that will offer you the most complete care possible. An agency also helps you find caregivers who are bonded and insured, as well as employed by an agency that’s inspected by an outside organization.
What Happens if the Service Isn’t Satisfactory?
If you’re not satisfied with your caregiver’s visits, or you feel your loved one isn’t receiving the right care, it’s important that your agency is receptive to customer service and that they’ll listen to your problem. You should ask for this information before you sign any agreement for care or arrange for a caretaker to start visiting your home.
Consider Professional Caretakers
Are you looking for an experienced team of caretakers from a family-owned organization dedicated to non-medical and medical in-home care? Work with Professional Caretakers, a Caregiver Quality Assurance Certified agency in Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Weatherford, Austin, or San Antonio. Get in touch today to see how we can help with a variety of services, including transportation, housekeeping, personal hygiene and respite care.