If you have a loved one who is aging in place, then you already know the importance of having a care plan that prioritizes their health. And, securing the care and support needed to stay safe is essential to any successful plan. If you’ve decided that a private caregiver is right for your family’s needs, you may be wondering where to start looking. Well, here are 5 of the best places to start!
1 – Private Caregiver Agencies
Using an agency has its drawbacks. For instance, you might end up spending a little more money or availability might not be as flexible as you’d like. However, one thing agencies do right is making the hiring process easy! Most home care agencies provide free consultations, and their workers are usually already background checked. Check out Home Instead and 8 Other Home Care Agencies For Seniors to get started!
2 – Recommendations
Word-of-mouth is one of the most common ways private caregivers are hired! Ask your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors if they’ve ever used a home care service, whether it was for themselves or a loved one. Ask if they were pleased with the level of care provided, and then get their explanation of why or why not!
3 – State Resources
The Eldercare Locator can help you find your state or local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). An AAA usually has considerable resources for senior care in your state and even locally. At the very least, they can provide more info on what you should be looking for!
4 – Local Job Boards
Check out some job boards for a private caregiver! Many independent contractors will advertise themselves on websites like Craigslist or in local social media groups. Or, go smaller by keeping an eye on actual bulletin boards at coffee shops, churches, and restaurants.
5 – Find a Private Caregiver With Big-Name Job Boards
Ever hear of Care.com? It’s not just for babysitting! It connects care seekers with caregivers. And, yes, that includes senior citizens too!
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