Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tips for Choosing In-Home Caregivers For Your Elderly Loved One: Part 1

In-home senior care is not a one-person job. Even if you're the primary caregiver, you'll still need help from family and friends. In some cases, you may need help from respite in-home caregivers to lighten your load further. 

Nevertheless, selecting the right person for the task isn't easy. You have to be thorough with your screening process in order to choose someone you can trust. 

The best place to start is with your interview. Before sitting down to talk to a candidate, prepare a set of questions that will help you know more about their character. You won't find that kind of information on a resume, so you'll have to draw it out of them. 

Some questions to ask are: 

           What kind of patients have you taken care before?

           What is the most fulfilling part of being a caregiver?

           What is the most challenging part of being a caregiver

           Can you work the hours the patient needs?

           Is driving the patient around part of your service? 

Aside from general questions, present scenarios that you have experienced while providing in-home care to your elderly patient to see how the candidate would react.  

Examples are: 

* My mother doesn't want to perform the daily exercise regimen her doctor prescribed. What will you do? 

* My father with dementia escaped the house without his medical ID. How will you find him? 

Answers to such questions should give you a clear insight to the kind of person the in-home caregiver is and helps you select the best candidate for your elderly loved one.  At Home Care Advantage, we work hand in hand with families to ensure that there is a compatibly matched caregiver for your senior parent’s unique needs, not only physically and emotionally, but personality as well.   

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