If your Mom or Dad is having difficulty handling their daily tasks and chores or is having problems remembering to take medication that will allow them to remain healthy and independent, the best solution for you and your loved one is to hire in home caregivers to provide care on a daily basis.
However, you should not hire a caregiver for your elderly parent until you discuss it with your parent. And, you must be aware of the type of assistance your elderly parent needs and will accept. It is important that your elderly loved one feels that he/she is involved in the decision to hire a caregiver. You can begin the process by asking two very important questions:
• Are there any particular days or times that your loved one may require assistance? Are there any situations where they may need assistance?
• Will insurance cover the in home care your loved one need?
Understand the Difference between Home Health Aides and In Home Caregivers
A caregiver who provides assistance to a client in the home also goes by the name of in home caregiver or home care aide. This type of caregiver helps clients with such tasks and chores as:
Home health aides are also known as CNAs or Certified Nursing Assistants, and they have the education, skills and training to provide basic patient care. They are qualified to check and monitor blood pressure, check glucose levels and temperature, and other basic nursing care. The needs of the client will determine the types of in home caregivers that will be the best match for the client.
Have a Job Description Ready
Once you have gathered the necessary information, you can prepare a job description. Having the job description in writing will help an agency meet your expectations. The agency will match your loved one with the best professional that is available. When you hire a caregiver through an agency, you will also have access to multiple caregivers who will be available any time of the day or night.
In home caregivers can be the solution to your elderly parent’s current situation, and also a solution for your concerns. When you follow a checklist while going through the process, you and your elderly parent will feel more comfortable about having qualified and trusted in home caregivers in the home.