Hiring a caregiver can be a difficult decision for both seniors and their families. Aside from the obvious, more technical questions to ask, there are other important questions to think about when looking for a caregiver. A caregiver is an extension of your loved one’s family, they’re a part of your loved one’s home and daily routine. We’re here to help you ask the right questions to be sure it’s a mutually beneficial relationship. Depending on the needs of the patient, here are the following items you’d want to ask to evaluate if a caregiver from a reputable home care agency is a good fit.
- Ask about the caregiver’s schedule.
Senior care can be provided in a variety of schedule types. There are different costs associated with constant care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or shifting schedules with hour time blocks. Be sure to ask the caregiver about their availability during weekdays and holidays, especially if your loved one needs more attention during these times.
- Ask about the longevity of the caregiving service.
How long is the caregiver available to accompany your aging loved one in their home? Do they only specialize in short-term care? Or do they only offer long-term care? It’s important to distinguish if they offer temporary care, or if it’s a more permanent, long-term solution. It all depends on the needs of your loved one.
- Ask about where the care will take place.
In-home care is normally offered, but it’s important to distinguish where your loved one wil be accompanied by a caregiver. Is it in-home care or an assisted living home or another healthcare facility? To minimize disruptions in an aging adult’s life, having care come to the home is the preferred method of care, but it’s recommended to evaluate all your options and the costs associated with each.
Seniors can be reluctant to change, and especially sensitive to having a stranger in their home helping them do the things they once were able to do independently. Remember, this is a new person in their life. Your loved one should trust this person, and hopefully, it’s someone they can form a friendship with.
For more information on how to pick a great caregiver, get in touch with us at Christ Home Care. We’re here to help you match your loved one with the appropriate care. Give us a call at (615) 757-7757 or visit our website for more.