So, your loved one is in need of some extra help at home. But – who do you hire? A caregiver can be anyone who regularly looks after and provides assistance to a person who is sick, elderly, or disabled. And, if you’re looking to hire a caregiver, you might be wondering if an independent professional is the way to go. At first, the search might seem like an overwhelming process. But, it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few great tips to keep in mind if you’re thinking about hiring an independent home caregiver to take care of your loved one.
1. Determine your loved one’s needs before you start looking.
This will help narrow your initial search. Will this likely be short-term or long-term? Are physical limitations an issue? How about a need for memory care? Does your loved one have any ongoing medical conditions?
2. It’s okay to be picky! Interview more than one caregiver & involve your loved one in the process!
This is a big decision! Interview as many independent caregivers as you’d like before making any choices. Make sure your loved one is on board every step of the way (if they’re able). Some things to consider during the interview process are:
- Caregiver’s experience
- The caregiver’s list of “wills and won’ts”
- What their ideal pay is (the average rate is around $20/hour, but this is a flexible number based on qualifications, hours worked, and any other arrangements you agree on)
3. Don’t skip the background check.
Independent caregivers hired through agencies usually have background checks performed before they’re able to advertise their availability. However, if you’re not using an agency to find help, you may want to consider asking them to get one. Remember, you’re inviting this person into your loved one’s home – it’s okay to know who they are.
4. Having a contract will set clear expectations.
When hiring an independent home caregiver, you should have clear, written expectations that everyone agrees on. This will eliminate any future confusion and ensure that all parties are treated fairly. It’s very common for families to write up a simple contract stating work hours, duties, pay, and more.
If you need more help finding senior home care…
Here are some great resources to help you on your quest for the perfect home caregiver! First, check out the Senior Resource Home Care Directory.
Then, check out these other sites for more help!
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