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How to Choose the Ideal Caregiver for an Aging Family Member

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From allowing your senior loved one to remain in a home he or she knows and loves to increasing peace of mind when you’re not available to lend a hand, there are many benefits associated with hiring an in-home caregiver. However, it’s just as important to select the right person for the job. Here’s how to choose the ideal caregiver for your elderly family member.

Know What Your Loved One’s Needs Are

The first thing to do is determine any specific needs your loved one currently has. Keep in mind that in-home care normally involves assistance with non-medical care, which typically includes things such as:

• Transportation
• Bathing and toileting
• Daily grooming
• Cooking and other daily routines
• Companionship

Aging adults who require assistance with the tasks of daily living can benefit from reliable home care. Flower Mound, TX, families trust Home Care Assistance to provide the high-quality care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. Our caregivers are trained to help seniors prevent and manage serious illnesses and encourage them to make healthier decisions as they age.

Determine Your Caregiving Budget

Set aside a reasonable amount of funds to cover regular caregiving expenses for your loved one. To keep your budget in check, look for a caregiver or agency approved by Medicare—Medicare Parts A and B often cover home care expenses. Supplemental insurance may take care of some expenses of this nature as well.

Additionally, look for a caregiving agency that’s upfront about pricing. You’ll also be more likely to keep expenses not covered by Medicare reasonable for both you and your loved one if you look for agencies that don’t require long-term contracts.

Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Flower Mound respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

Choose a Home Care Agency that’s Trustworthy and Transparent

While there are “freelance caregivers” who work independently, many families feel more comfortable working with an agency because agencies tend to have more accountability. Plus, they carefully screen caregivers, and there will likely be backup caregivers available if your loved one’s primary in-home caregiver is unavailable when care is requested. When considering agencies, ask about such things as:

• How long the agency has been in business
• Their procedures and policies
• How they choose, evaluate, and train their caregiving staff
• What type of documentation they require from their caregivers to ensure proper care is being given
• How flexible they are with scheduling

Note: Consider it a red flag if an agency seems hesitant to answer questions like the ones above. A reputable agency will be transparent and upfront with potential clients and their families.

Work with Your Loved One to Make a List of Requirements

If possible, sit down with your loved one and come up with a list of specific requirements for caregivers. Start with non-negotiables, like the caregiver must drive, be able to help with transfers from the bed to a chair, or speak English if your loved one doesn’t speak any other languages. Some seniors feel more comfortable with a caregiver of the same gender, while others may prefer someone a bit older.

Let Your Loved One Meet Potential Caregivers

Lastly, give your loved on a chance to meet with potential caregivers before you make a final decision. Even if someone is well-qualified, the caregiver may have a personality that’s not in line with what your loved one feels comfortable with. Ask your preferred agency to send over one or two of the caregivers who might be providing in-home care for your loved one. If possible, leave each one alone with your loved one for a brief time to see how they interact. You can then get your loved one’s input and make a final decision. 

Though you may be researching multiple agencies that provide home care, Home Care Assistance has much to offer your family and your elderly loved one. We are leaders in the senior home care industry, offering proprietary programs like our holistic Balanced Care Method and around-the-clock assistance from reliable, experienced caregivers. Trust Home Care Assistance to help your loved one enjoy a happier and healthier life in the golden years. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call one of our reliable Care Managers today at (972) 468-6010.