How to Find a Good Caregiver
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Finding the right caregiver is arduous and confusing if this is your first time. Where do you go, who do you talk with?

The task is overwhelming, so we've put together tips for you to use when first considering in-home help.You may already know the kind of care and tasks you need. But be sure the caregiver is qualified to meet your needs. Ask someone close to you or your physician what kind of assistance you will need and for how long of a period.

  • Someone to prepare meals?
  • Clean parts of your home?
  • Do laundry?
  • Or any task that you physically cannot do on your own?

Effective Ways to Hire Caregivers

You may need someone to take you shopping or the doctor's office. If your needs are more advanced than the typical help, then you need to ask your physician. Word of mouth is one of the best places to begin your search for a reliable and qualified caregiver. Ask your loved one's doctor or talk to friends who've hired caregivers in the past.

What kind of care will you need? Make a through list:

  • Prepare meals
  • Cleaning
  • Personal and medical needs
  • Shopping
  • Medication reminders
  • Transportation
  • Ask your doctor what kind of help they would recommend

Find Expert Advice

Call someone who is in the business of caregiving. There are a number of agencies in our area. Ask them about their hourly fees, extra charges and upfront deposits.

But the first question should always be,

"Do you have experienced caregivers and what type of background checks do you do?"

Background Checks

We are by nature very trusting. We look for the good in people and trust them with our lives and our homes and our belongings; items we've saved for our children's children. So doing a background check may seem overkill but it's not.

And anyone who is a genuine caregiver will comply with having fingerprints done at the local DOJ office. Putting someone in your home without this can put you at risk.

Get References

They will need references (not related to them) and show a length of commitment to the job of in-home care.

Auto Insurance

If you need transportation, ensure that you have a copy of their valid driver's license and auto insurance. Any caregiver can supply you with a current DMV report showing that they are a safe driver.

Limitations

Ask the caregiver if they have any restrictions on lifting, allergies or length of shifts or other responsibilities that would conflict with your needs.

Trust

The most important thing is safety first. Know the person that you will be trusting with you and your home.

Ask questions, and leave nothing unsaid or unasked. But as much as you may trust them make sure that all financial documents and personal items locked away or given to a family for safety.

Remember, it's your home, and it's your way.



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