Once you know what kind of care your elderly loved one needs, you can begin searching for the ideal caregiver. Make sure to keep your loved one involved in the process so you can choose someone he or she will be comfortable with. Ask the caregiver a few questions and determine if you are satisfied with the answers before making a final choice. Here are some tips to consider when searching for the right home caregiver for your senior loved one.
Ask for Credentials and Resources
A licensed caregiver has received the training necessary to provide your loved one with the best in-home care. Ask the home caregiver for copies of his or her license, certifications, and other credentials. The best sources you have are often past clients. Ask the caregiver for references and testimonials, and avoid choosing a caregiver who is not licensed, as well as anyone not willing to provide references.
If you have a senior loved one who needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a home care provider Edmonton families can rely on. All of our caregivers are bonded, licensed, and insured, there are no hidden fees, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.
Observe Patience Level
Being a home caregiver can be a challenging job for many people. However, a caregiver must remain calm in all situations. There will be times when the caregiver feels like quitting or giving up, but he or she should not show these feelings to the senior he or she cares for. Ask the caregiver if he or she has the patience to care for a senior whose health may decrease over time or what he or she would do in instances when your loved one becomes confused, sad, angry, and irritated.
Look for Flexibility
Emergency situations can occur, and you never know when you will need assistance with your loved one outside of the agreed-upon schedule. It is necessary to hire a home caregiver who has a flexible schedule and is available on short notice.
Consider Special Skills
If your loved one requires special care, hire someone who specializes in that area. For example, if your loved one has dementia or heart disease, or he or she is recovering from a stroke, you will need to hire a home caregiver who has experience with those conditions. This will give your loved one the best care possible to slow the progression of the disease and recover at home.
Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Edmonton seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more.
Check Physical Capabilities
This could be an important factor when choosing a home caregiver, depending on the type of care your loved one needs. If your loved one is unable to move from room to room without assistance, a caregiver may need to carry him or her to the bathroom, living room, dining room, or bedroom. If the home caregiver is not up to the physical challenge, he or she may not be a good fit for your loved one.
Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Edmonton 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. To hire a licensed, professionally trained, and compassionate caregiver for your elderly loved one, call us at (780) 490-7337 today.