In reality, most of the senior population always goes through different caregivers whether they like it or not. This is another one of the many sad realities in life. Whether you like it or not, you are not getting any younger and so does both of your parents. At some point in your life, you have to plan and make decisions with your sibling(s) about how your elderly parents must be cared for. This is usually the part where the discussion of hiring a home caregiver for your senior loved one comes into the picture.
Any regular person will not want to think about this possibility and making such decisions. However, this is where the big problem lies in today’s society. No one talks about it. A lot of people avoid discussing these things and will only do so when it is already too late. In the end, later will no longer be an option, and difficult decisions must be made in a haste. The last thing you want to think about is to have some tension in the family once an older family member is sick. Good thing that there is now an increasing number of families that opt for end-of-life planning and discussions. However, until this day, there are still not a lot of people who talk about how they want the care of their senior loved one to happen.
Nevertheless, once you and your family start planning and discussing about the senior care you should be giving to your elderly loved one, here are a few simple steps that you can take to choose the right home caregiver for them.
1. List down the specific needs for care of your senior loved one. Each person is unique along with their needs. As a family, you should figure out what the meaning of home senior care is. This will serve as your criteria to hiring the right home caregiver.
2. Ask for input from friends, co-workers, and close neighbors. What you are going through may already be something that other people you know has gone through. Do not hesitate to seek out some suggestions and reviews from them. For instance, if you have teachers in the family, let them get some recommendations from their school nurse.
3. Reach out for some advice from the community. You can reach out for some help from your community halls, churches, and senior centers. They may have a few contacts in mind to give you.
4. Do an all-inclusive interview process. If your senior loved one is still capable of making decisions, you should include them in the caregiver interview process that you will be doing. Have a list of questions prepared beforehand. If possible, you should get the presence of as many family members as you can. This ensures that everyone is kept in the loop. This also ensures that any question that you have missed out will be brought up by another person in the family. Furthermore, having more than one family member around during the interview process will ensure proper verification of the information being provided by the caregiver in question.