Caregivers – Getting Started & Next Steps

When to Seek Professional Intervention in Caring for the Elderly

The care and assistance that friends and family members offer the elderly gets to a point where it is not adequate. Professional intervention seems to be the only solution. This point reaches when the loved one needs daily, and sometimes round the clock care and assistance with their daily activities, like showering, eating, and dressing. Such chores will stretch the patience and skills of friends and other family members. This is not good for people who cannot fend for themselves. The solution lies with getting them an in-house caregiver. This gets them the right kind of care and the family members less to worry about.

You need to know the main reasons why you need such help. It might seem obvious, but you need to know the extent of their need, and the skills needed. You need to reflect on the need for their services, in areas like assistance with daily activities, a special diet, medication administration, monitoring of their health, and the like. You need their doctor to look at them and tell you which type is most suitable.

You need to also know the cost of these services. You may already have it sorted through your insurance. You need to know how the house budget shall get affected with such a change. This shall be a good time to get other family members to make their contributions. The elders may have also taken out an insurance a long time ago.

You need to also look at the schedule of the caregivers. Your elder may be at the stage where they need someone around at all times. The schedule the agency comes up with speaks greatly about this.
It is important to arrange for a face to face interview with the selected agency. While plenty of them exist, not all of them provide the same types of service. You need to thus find out what each caregiver has on offer. You need to know their stand on payments via insurance covers. They need to also assure you of enough staff members, to cover all the proposed shifts You need to also find out about their worker’s insurance arrangements. They should have highly trained staff and certified caregivers.

You need to now talk to some of the caregivers. You need to look at their background, education, and experience. It is important for them to also talk to the elder they will be left in charge of. They need to have a cordial and warm relationship right from the start. You need the caregiver to also be ready to handle the duties that lay ahead.

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