There is no avoiding getting old, and sooner or later, we all need help as we age. The amount of assistance depends on the person and is situational. But one thing is for sure we all want the best care for ourselves and our loved ones. So how do you go about this? Below are some great tips on how to choose a caregiver.
We know hiring a caregiver can be expensive. However, price should never be the single factor in this equation. The best person or company for the job might happen to be the lowest price, and that would be great. But often the most economical price might mean lower quality. Determine what your budget is and then find all the caregivers you can within your budget. Never settle for the lowest price.
After you get the price out of the way, you will want to find who has the most qualified expert for the job. Taking care of older adults can be a lot of work, and you may experience new situations every day. It’s essential to find someone that has been in that situation before and knows how to handle them.
Nobody wants a grumpy stuffy person to take care of them. A caregiver should be like a friend who is there to help. This person should have an extremely friendly personality. The caregiver will be spending more time with the patient than anyone else. In this case, you want someone friendly and outgoing. In many of these situations, the caregiver goes into someone’s home and works there. That caregiver needs to become one of the family and make the person getting cared for feel comfortable and relaxed.
Don’t just pick a caregiver out of a phone book or advertisement. You need to gather a list of available caregivers and interview every one of them. You will want to get to know them so you can learn their personality and get a sense if they would be suitable for the position. Be prepared with interview questions in advance, and if you need some ideas, there is a good article about prescreening caregivers here.
Some caregivers may have no certifications whatsoever, and some may have many. Do your homework and find out the type of certifications that will be important to you. Some of the basics ones are CPR and a caregiver training course. Most states have some basic requirements, but a caregiver that takes his or her job seriously might have additional certifications which may outweigh another candidate.
Always do your due diligence and get three to four work-related recommendations on each candidate. When you call ask open-ended questions about how their work performance was. You might be surprised what people tell you over the phone. In many cases, you can get a good sense if they were good at their job and if they genuinely cared for their patients.