No matter how well you look after your senior loved one, you might have to hire an in-house caregiver sometime or the other in life to assist him or her. It can be a full-time commitment or for only a few hours every week, so that you can easily handle all your personal requirements and errands. In any case, you might be worried about choosing the wrong person for the job. Here are 7 questions that you have to ask while choosing an in-home care service provider.
- How much experience do you have?
Theoretical knowledge can be insufficient when it comes to handling an actual person with special requirements. It is thus essential to know about the experience level of the caregiver, particularly in case your dear one suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia etc, and needs specialized care.
- How well trained are you as a caregiver?
Experience is essential, but you also need to consider the level of training of the caregiver. If your loved senior one is not well, you might prefer to hire someone with a nursing degree. You might also like to know whether the caregiver has attended first-aid or senior care classes. If anything goes wrong, you would like to have someone having latest knowledge about CPR certification.
- When will you be available?
Know whether the caregiver will be available for the number of hours that you need, which is especially the case if he has a second job. Will the caregiver be flexible enough to deal with it, in case your schedule changes every week? Will he be unable to offer services during some hours or on some days?
- Why did you take up the job of a caregiver?
The response to such a question might offer you some insight into the personality of the caregiver, and let you determine whether or not he is appropriate for serving your loved one. In case your dear one is ageing and is a senior citizen, you would need someone understanding and patient in nature.
- Can you drive my loved one?
Know whether he / she will feel comfortable driving your loved one. Senior care often means going for doctor’s appointments every week, grocery store trips, and even occasional recreational outings to a local senior center or a park. Make sure that the caregiver has reliable vehicle for senior transportation, has a valid licensing driving license, and is physically able to help your loved one move in and out of the vehicle (if needed).
- Will you offer regular updates?
Stay in touch with the care provider, which is a great way to make sure that your dear one gets the best possible care. In case the caregiver seems to appear uncomfortable at the mention of staying in touch over email, text or phone from time to time, look for some other person.
- What types of assistances do you offer?
Check whether the caregiver has the training and knowledge to help older people with daily activities, such as personal hygiene, physical activity, meal preparation, occasional help with household chores etc.