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Hiring a Caregiver

Elderly hands

Image by Rosie O'Beirne via Flickr

If you are thinking of hiring a caregiver for your loved one but are not sure where to start,I would highly recommend reading this step by step guide.The purpose of this guide is to navigate  you through the hiring process and give helpful hints about screening and interviewing prospective employees,which questions you should ask and what verification is needed.

You will also find checklists,sample forms, and payment options as well as resources and information that may reduce your chances of a loved one falling victim of abuse by a caregiver.

Please take the time to read through this helpful guide and help your loved ones recieve the quality care they deserve.

 

http://www.socoaaa.org/pdf/hiring_an_in_home_caregiver.pdf

 

 

Resources

We have added a resource directory to our blog. We will be updating and adding more as time goes on. If there is an addition or information you would like us to include please feel free to make suggestions and we will do our best to accomodate your requests. We have also added a direct link to our Caregiver Support Chat. That link is available by clicking thr Caregiver Support Chat tab at the top of our page. We are updating our blog and adding lots of new info as well as articles. Thanks as always for your continued intrest and support!

Caregiver Support Chat

We will be meeting in chat again on on Friday evening at 7:00 pm MST. Thanks to everyone who attended Tuesday. We are looking forward to meeting new people so come and join us!!

Help for caregivers

Helping Grandmother Walk

Image by Rosie O'Beirne via Flickr

Caring for an aging parent in the home can be a rewarding expierence,both for you and your  loved one.While the benefits are many,the caregiver can easily become overwhelmed.

It is vital that the caregiver have a good support system of family and friends,as emotional and physical help will be needed.

There are recources available to caregivers that will lessen the stress involved in balancing work,home,family and caregiving.

Respite care allows the caregiver time to do errands or have much needed time away for themselves.Utilizing family and friends is one option while paid help is also available.

http://www.helpguide.org/elder/respite_care.htm

Adult day care is a specialized facility that provides a safe structured environment for your loved one.Many of the facilities operate 8-12 hours a day and provide meals,activities,outings and general supervision.There are many facilities that also provide counseling for the caregiver,should it be needed.

http://seniorhealth.about.com/od/eldercare/a/day_care.htm

You may also contact a social worker that can help identify and coordinate needed services.

Below I have included several links to online resources designed for caregivers that may be helpful.

Family Caregiver Alliance-  http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp

Family Caregiving 101-     http://www.familycaregiving101.org/

Strength for Caring-   http://www.strengthforcaring.com/

Caring Connections-  http://www.caringinfo.org/

Prayer for the caregiver

Prayer for the Caregiver
by Bruce McIntyre

Unknown and often unnoticed, you are a hero nonetheless.
For your love, sacrificial, is God at his best.
You walk by faith in the darkness of the great unknown,
And your courage, even in weakness, gives life to your beloved.

You hold shaking hands and provide the ultimate care:
Your presence, the knowing, that you are simply there.
You rise to face the giant of disease and despair,
It is your finest hour, though you may be unaware.

You are resilient, amazing, and beauty unexcelled,
You are the caregiver and you have done well!

Choosing a caregiver

Helping Grandmother Walk

Image by Rosie O'Beirne via Flickr

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.