Being a primary caregiver can be a difficult task, but it can also be one of the most rewarding jobs. The hard part about taking care of a loved one is trying to give them the proper care while also navigating the other aspects of life. According to the Caregiver Action Network, nearly 30% of the United States population provides care for an older loved one or a disabled family member or friend, and spend roughly 20 hours per week providing care.
There may come a time when you simply can’t provide the necessary care needed for a senior living at home, so you’ll have to look for caregiving options. Here is what to consider when choosing a caregiver.
Direct-Hire Versus An Agency
If you choose a primary caregiver as a direct-hire rather than working with a caregiving agency, you’ll likely pay less money for their services. However, a downside of a direct-hire is you are responsible for any injuries that occur while performing the job, and you’ll have to make arrangements to provide care to your loved one if the direct hire gets sick. On the other hand, a caregiving agency may be more expensive, but those types of issues are taken care of by the company to give you peace of mind knowing care will always be available.
Ask Whether They Are Bonded And Insured
Caregiving agencies should all be bonded and insured to protect you and themselves in the event of a worker’s compensation claim. But if you decide to work with a direct-hire, be sure and ask them if they are bonded and insured and request a copy of the documents for confirmation. Anything can happen when you let someone into your home, so you want to ensure you are protected.
Ensure A Caregiver Can Meet Expectations
When interviewing a potential primary caregiver, provide all of the expectations you have set to get an idea of whether they are equipped to handle them. This could include asking them to keep up with medication schedules, driving to appointments, cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, and anything else you expect them to do. Outline all of the expectations in writing and be sure to have the contract signed, so everyone is on the same page. If you have any doubts that the caregiver can’t handle all expectations, then move on to a different option.
Look For Compatibility During The Interview
Your senior living at home will likely enjoy having a primary caregiver more if they have a good connection with them. During the interview process, look for characteristics that indicate their personality may be compatible with your loved one. Communication is critical as well, so look for signs that your loved one is engaged with the potential caregiver and get their feedback afterward to see what they thought.
Next Day Access can help equip your home with the proper mobility aids regardless of your caregiving situation. Feel free to contact us at any time to schedule a free home assessment and learn how we can help make your home safer to navigate.