The Essential Checklist When Hiring a Caregiver

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The Essential Checklist for Any Family Hiring a Care Provider

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In-home care is becoming an increasingly popular option for seniors who wish to age in place. If you’re considering hiring a caregiver to assist your elderly loved one, make certain you think about the following essential items.

Level of Care Required

What level of care does your aging relative need? Perhaps your senior loved one only needs a caregiver to cook dinner each day, complete light household chores, and run a few errands. On the other hand, your loved one may require daily mobility support and transportation to and from regular appointments. Write down all of the tasks your loved one will need help with to ensure the right level of care is provided by a qualified caregiver. 

Legitimacy of Provider

Because your senior relative’s safety is likely one of the most important things on your mind, you must determine the legitimacy of all potential El Dorado County home care providers. For instance, you should ascertain whether a prospective caregiver is licensed by your city and state. You should also verify if all of the hourly and live-in caregivers at a home care agency are bonded and insured. 

Staff Health Issues

Your future caregiver will spend a considerable amount of time in the presence of your elderly loved one. To protect your relative’s health, you should determine if your home care agency requires all of its workers to receive annual immunizations for serious health concerns such as:

  • Influenza 
  • Tuberculosis 
  • Hepatitis B

Financial Assistance

Before deciding on a home care provider for your loved one, you’ll need to figure out how you will pay for these services. This issue should be discussed with all family members who are involved with your senior relative’s welfare. Depending on your loved one’s financial situation, Medicare and Medicaid might cover part of the cost.

Choosing home care for your loved one can be a positive experience. At Home Care Assistance, we try to make it as easy as possible for families by offering 24/7 availability, no long-term contracts, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our services including live-in, respite, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care El Dorado County families trust. For more information or to schedule a free in-home consultation, please call (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 today and speak with a friendly Care Manager.