Sometimes, you have to hire professional help to take care of your loved one suffering from an illness or struggling because of old age. Instead of sending them to a facility where it would be hard to know how they’re doing, you can just hire someone to look after them at home. Here are some things you need to know about in-home care solutions.
Companies that help families find the right care solution for their loved ones emphasize that there are three types of in-home caregivers. First, home health aides that help in the everyday activities of a patient (eating, going to the bathroom, laying down). Second, personal care attendants that do more of the household work like cooking, cleaning, and shopping, compared to assisting the patient. Lastly, certified nursing assistants who need to finish medical trainings and pass an exam to get a license.
If your loved one requires taking care of 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you’ll need at least two caregivers because no one can handle those tasks alone. Give more working hours to the best caregiver and let the other serve as back-up. You can make their times overlap, so they could report to each other how your loved one is doing and tell the other what the current needs are.
Set Thorough Expectations
As an employer, you must set ground rules and concise expectations of what you need from the caregiver. Discuss every point of the job description and make sure he or she accepts the terms and understands the patient’s needs. Your screening process must be meticulous because this is an important task. Put everything that you’ve agreed to in paper and make the caregiver sign it.
Sometimes, people tend to forget about their loved one in need when there’s already someone to take care of him or her. Don’t make this mistake. Always be there for your loved one to show your love and affection even though there’s a caregiver who’s always there.