Live in caregivers are certainly a big help to those who are no longer able to take care of themselves, and these caregivers are a big help to that person’s family as well. But since choosing a caregiver – especially a live in one who has to be with your family member for a long time every day – is an important decision, it should never be taken lightly. Making the right choice is crucial, as it will have an effect on your budget, comfort, peace of mind, and security. Here, then, are the four most important considerations when hiring a live in caregiver.
When it comes to expense, there’s something that you can be happy about: it actually costs less to have a live in caregiver than to send a loved one to a special home or care facility. Another advantage is that by letting your loved one stay at home, you have better control over other expenses, such as food, utilities, and so on. But you still have to do your research. Find out how much it would really cost to hire a caregiver, but keep in mind that you ‘get what you pay for.’ However, you may benefit from government assistance, so find out about this as well.
Hire through an agency, or independently?
Another top consideration is whether you should hire through an agency or hire independently. If you are concerned about professionalism and security, it may be better to look for care at home through a live in care agency. Also, with an agency, you don’t have to worry about insurance and payroll for the caregiver – the agency takes care of all this.
The right experience and skills
When looking for a caregiver, the skills and experience matter as well. This is especially true if your family member has particular conditions, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or physical disabilities. You would want a caregiver who is capable of taking care of someone with a certain condition. Find out if they have special skills or training for what you require.
The interview process
You would want to speak face to face with the caregiver before making your final decision. When having your meeting, ask the caregiver about their prior work experience, and whether or not they have had patients with the same condition as your family member. How are they able to handle physical tasks, such as bathing, dressing, and the like? What about administering medicine, or driving to and from hospitals and shops? It is also important to ask for as many references as you can – not just professional references, but personal as well. But again, if you opt for a caregiver through an agency, these references can easily be arranged.