Caring for an aging relative is a significant concern for families and AARP calls elder care the “new normal.” The typical family member who cares for a parent is a woman, although men caregivers is a growing trend.
Family members have an enormous need to hire in-home caregivers because they usually work outside the home and need someone else to help when they’re away at work. A professional caregiver can offer the family a much-needed respite when they take over the elder care duties.
But hiring a professional home care aide is tough to do because family members don’t know who would be a good fit. Plus, it’s hard to turn a parent’s care over to just anyone. The safest way to hire a caregiver is to work with a reputable in-home senior care agency. The company handles the background checks, the interview, the training, paying the payroll taxes and insurance. But for the family, hiring a caregiver on your own can save a lot of money.
Before you call the home care company, make a list of what you need done. The position should explicitly describe what care services your parent needs. Be sure to list out your expectations of the caregiver and the agency, and put it in writing. If you need someone four times a week, be sure to let the organization know that it is not a full-time job. Tell them how often you need a home aide and how often that will change.
Does your relative need specialized care for dementia? What types of cognitive training has the caregiver received?
Interviewing for a caregiving position is a complicated process. You don’t get a lot of time with a person to ask a lot of questions. Here are few that will get the interview off to a good start:
Don’t hold back, tell the candidate everything you can about the job and what you expect. Be sure your loved one participates in the hiring process.
Carol Marak is a contributor for the senior living and healthcare market.