A latest poll conducted, suggests that over 40 million Americans have various chronic illnesses that limit their daily activities in one way or the other, with many of them being unable to live independently. One of every five of these elders are over 85 years and need assistance in performing simple tasks such as bathing and eating. Many of them even need help in dressing and walking.
Today, elders prefer staying at home rather than moving over to homes for the elderly, which can certainly be depressing. Many families too, prefer to fulfil this wish of their loved ones. This is where caregivers come into the picture. Hiring a good caregiver can mean that your loved ones can stay longer at home in both safety and comfort, while giving the rest of the family a sense of peace.
Here are a few tips that can help you hire the right caregiver for your needs:
Assess your needs
The first step you need to take is to assess your needs. Evaluate your needs and requirements and jot down the points. Do you need someone to assist you with health care needs who also has the expertise of medication management or just someone who can help with dressing, eating and meal preparations? Are you on the lookout for a companion or just a sitter? Whether you will need the caregiver to physically help or lift the patient? Etc. Once you jot down these points, it will help you get one step closer to finding one of the best caregiver services Phoenix AZ.
Shortlist the best caregivers in the locality
You may know neighbors or someone in the family who can recommend you to a good caregiver service provider. If you do not know anyone who have a good recommendation to give, you can find a number of service providers listed online.
Be sure to read reviews while shortlisting a caregiver service provider. Ask for references and be sure to check with them in detail of how credible the service provider is, before hiring them. Also, be sure to check if the agency does criminal background checks on their hired helps.
Be sure to check if the agency has qualified nurses and employees who can help in the care of the person you need help for. Often many of these agencies do not have employees trained to care for elders with diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Interview the applicants
Though the agency or service provider may quote that they have only experienced staff, it is prudent that you interview the applicants the agency is going to offer. Interviewing the in-home care givers will ensure that you find someone who is dependable and suits your specific preferences.
Check if the agency is licenced. If the service provider is not bonded or licensed it is best you look for another company to avoid hassles in future.
Set up a monitoring schedule to check the efficiency of the service provider. This is important for both the elderly as well as the family members to get accustomed to the caregiver. Ask for the agency to facilitate regular trials with the elderly to ascertain that the hired help you have selected is fit for the job. A good caregiver service provider will also give the family periodic reports, that can prove to be an asset.
While these tips will help a long way in selecting the best caregiver service in town, it is also important that you have a back up plan in case the caregiver fails to follow through! Also, keep an eye open for any signs of abuse or neglect. In many cases, elders are exploited, which can be further detrimental to their health and well being.
Develop a detailed job contract:
Though most caregiver providers will have a job contract of their own, be sure to discuss the following while hiring their services.
- Wages; how much, when and how it will be paid
- Hours of work each day
- Employee’s Social Security number
- A detailed Job description entailing all that the hired help needs to assist with
- Unacceptable behavior (such as smoking, tardiness, etc.)
- Termination details (notice period, replacement, etc.)