What to Do When Hiring a Caregiver

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

Hiring a caregiver will help your loved one stay safe and healthy as he or she ages in place. Yet, it can be hard even knowing where to get started when choosing the right Centennial home care agency. Use this to-do list to ensure you pick the right agency and caregiver to meet your loved one’s needs.

Decide Upon the Right Type of Care

Start with an assessment of your loved one’s needs. For example, a senior with memory impairment may require an Alzheimer’s caregiver who has experience helping people with memory loss. Alternatively, your loved one may just need a companion to come by once a day to make sure he or she took their medication and ate a nutritious dinner. Having this information on hand will help you narrow down your options.

Write Up a Job Description

Using your assessment information, write a short paragraph that explains what you are looking for in a caregiver. Will they be expected to help with personal hygiene and everyday activities, or will they be providing transportation to medical appointments and preparing afternoon and evening meals? Write down each care task you need performed along with any preferences you have regarding personality traits. Share this job description when meeting with agencies so they can match your loved one with a caregiver based on needs as well as interests.

Contact Potential Agencies

Independent caregivers typically advertise their services online, yet it can be hard to validate their background, training, and experience. Home care agencies, on the other hand, can ensure your loved one’s caregiver has undergone extensive training in addition to an extensive background check. It’s also important to meet with several agencies and potential caregivers before choosing one for your elderly relative.

Schedule an Initial Visit

Allowing your loved one to spend time with his or her prospective new caregiver will give you a chance to see them in action. During this initial visit, you can ask questions about how they will handle your loved one’s care, and you can get a feel for their personality. If the session goes well, go ahead and make it official so your loved one can begin benefitting from a quality caregiver as soon as possible.

If you’re looking for a caregiver in Centennial, call Home Care Assistance at 303.957.3100.  All of our caregivers are thoroughly vetted and expertly trained, we are available 24/7 and offer flexible care schedules, and we never ask clients to sign long-term contracts. Reach out today and learn more about care solutions for your senior loved one.

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