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Choosing a caregiver

Helping Grandmother Walk

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I recieved an interesting phone call from someone today asking my advice on the best way to go about choosing an in-home caregiver for their parents.

You first need to determine the level of care that your parents need.If you need someone to help with light housekeeping,cooking meals,shopping or transportation needs I would suggest talking to friends and family as they may know someone who is in need of work.You can also put an ad in your local paper in the help wanted section.

If your parents require help with bathing,dressing,tioleting or taking medication then you may want to consider a CNA (Certified Nurses Assistant) or a LPN,preferably someone who has expierence with the elderly.

Whichever route you decide to take,make sure that you ask for references and you may want to consider having a backround check done as well.Have all applicants meet with you and your parents so you can see how they interact with one another.

When you have decided on an applicant I would strongly recommend making surprise visits occasionally to ensure that both the home and your parents are being cared for properly.

Finally,speak to your parents and encourage them to voice any complaints or concerns they may have regarding their caregiver.You may have to hire several caregivers before you find the one who cares for your loved ones in the manner that you desire.Remember that they are YOUR parents and deserve to have the best care they possibly can.


2 Responses

  1. Just entering this world of taking care of bedridden mother. Thanks for the basic inormation. I need help for sure.

    • Thanks for checking out the blog Maureen.If you need any help,or have any questions I am happy to help in any way I can.

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