How To Choose a Caregiver

How To Choose a Caregiver

When you’re looking for the right caregiver for your aging loved ones, no detail should go overlooked in the process. Picking the right one shouldn’t be stressful, though. Have no fear! Here’s how you can make sure that the right caregiver for your dearest family members are chosen to ensure happiness and quality care.

Set an appropriate minimum and maximum standard of care as a guideline.

The more that you know about what your parents or aging loved ones need, the better the position you will be in when it comes to choosing the right in home caregiver. In-home healthcare isn’t an all or nothing proposition. While you can hire a a 24-hour personalized nurse as your caregiver, you can also hire a caregiver to help with minimal daily tasks around the house, meal preparation, medication reminders and the like.

Ongoing conversations with your parents and other family member can give you a great template to start from on the overall amount of work you’re looking for a caregiver to supply. As one of the most trusted names in senior home care, Family Tree provides our clients with our resource center. There, you can review our Level of Care Chart, designed by our in-home care experts, to help you make an informed decision.

Create a list of wants and needs

Map out a list of wants and needs for your loved one’s care. No details are too small when creating this list. Include access to reliable transportation or driver’s license, chores, experience with the illness your loved one suffers from, and even the ability to lift heavy objects. Once the duties and tasks are figured out, the next task is to figure out how many hours per week of care that you need.

Meet the caregiver

Once the interview is complete, have a discussion with your family member about the applicants. Their comfort level with a caregiver is the most important factor to them continuing a happy and a more independent lifestyle with the help of a hired hand. At Family Tree, our caregivers are put through a 10-step approval process before we match them with a family. To learn more about our process, click -here-.