Jun 14, 2017 by Stephanie Howe - Owner, Comfort Keepers
Finding the right live-in home caregiver for you and your loved one is vital. The person will soon realize that his or her parent can no longer be left alone or provide care for themselves due to aging or increasing illness. It is hard for the senior to accept that they need care.
Realizing that you need a caregiver, especially a stranger, to come into the home to care for the senior can be a scary and sad idea.
Finding the right caregiver in this situation is crucial. The family wants to make sure that the core needs of their loved ones are met. When the right caregiver is found, both the family and the person needing the care will have peace of mind.
Hiring the Right Candidate to Provide Live-in Care
Now that you have hired the caregiver, you need to decide how much care is necessary. This is highly dependent upon the overall health of the senior. If the senior has an illness that requires constant monitoring, then a live-in caregiver is required.
This type of caregiver provides help with medication, shopping, transportation, and personal care. If the senior uses medical equipment, the in-home caregiver will ensure that the equipment is clean and ready to use. The home may also need to be adapted to suit the new living arrangement (i.e. security and mobility). The caregiver may present ideas that will make your home comfortable for your loved one.
When interviewing live-in caregivers, the caregiver should tell you that they are able to do light housekeeping. When it comes to grocery shopping, the caregiver should be made aware of all allergies and dietary restrictions (such as food allergies).
It is important that the senior can get out of the house and to explore new activities. The caregiver should have a valid driver’s license to drive the client to wherever they need to go. You should also see if the caregiver has experience with personal care with other clients? Can he or she lift the senior for bathing and dressing? Properly groom a client? These concerns need to be addressed to ensure the loved one is getting the highest quality care.
Aside from his or her skills, the caregiver must also enjoy his or her work.
The live-in home caregiver should want to be able to help not only your loved one but also your family. The family must feel comfortable with the live-in caregiver being around family heirlooms and other valuable items in the home. It is very easy for a about become overly protective of their loved one.
At Comfort Keepers, our exceptional Live-In caregivers understand this and will not be offended. The caregiver will treat the home as if it were their own, and his or her client like family. When it comes to the topic of caregiving, make sure you make use of the many resources available to you such as the National Institute of Health and AARP. If you are interested in finding a live-in caregiver for yourself or a loved one, please contact us today at (609) 890-2888.