Necessary Checklist for Choosing In Home Caregivers
If your Mom or Dad is having difficulty handling their daily tasks and chores or is having problems remembering to take medication that will allow them to remain healthy and independent, the best solution for you and your loved one is to hire an in home caregiver to provide care on a daily basis.
However, you should not hire a caregiver for your elderly parent until you have had a chance to discuss the in home care option with your parent, and you are aware of the type of assistance he/she needs and the assistance your parent will accept. It is important that your elderly loved one feels that he/she is involved in the decision to hire a caregiver to offer assistance. You can begin the process by asking two very important questions:
• Are there any particular days or times that your loved one may require assistance? Are there any situations where they may need assistance?
• Will insurance cover the in home care your loved one need?
Understand the Difference between Home Health Aides and In Home Caregivers
A caregiver that provides assistance to a client in the home is also referred to as a home caregiver or home care aide. They help clients with such tasks and chores as:
• Light housekeeping
• Grocery shopping
• Meal preparation
• Personal care
Home health aides are also known as CNAs or Certified Nursing Assistants, and they have the education, skills and training to provide basic patient care. They are qualified to check and monitor blood pressure, check glucose levels, check the client’s temperature and other basic nursing care. The needs of the client will determine the type of caregiver that will be the best match for the client.
Have a Job Description Ready
Once you have gathered the necessary information, you can prepare a job description. Having the job description in writing will help an agency meet your expectations by matching your loved one with the best professional that is available. When you hire a caregiver through an agency, you will also have access to multiple caregivers who will be available any time of the day or night.
An in home caregiver can be the solution to your elderly parent’s current situation, and also a solution for your concerns. By following a checklist while going through the process, you and your elderly parent will feel more comfortable about having a qualified and trusted caregiver in the home.