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Live-In Care for your Loved One: When is time to Consider Hiring?

Jun 14, 2017 by Stephanie Howe - Owner, Comfort Keepers

When the time comes to decide whether or not to hire a Live-in caregiver, families may deal with this in different ways. You may soon realize that your parent can no longer be left alone to care for him or herself due to age and illness. Many fear that their loved one will fall, wander off and get lost, or even forget to eat.

It is also hard for the senior to accept that they need care. The fact of needing someone, a stranger no less, to come into the home to care for the senior can be a scary and sad idea. Finding the right caregiver in this situation is crucial. The family wants to make sure that the core needs of their loved ones are met. When the right caregiver is found, the family will have peace of mind.

Hiring the Right Candidate to Provide Live-in Care

Now that you have hired the caregiver, you need to decide how much care will be necessary. This is dependent upon the health of the senior. If the senior has an illness that requires constant monitoring, then a live-in caregiver is required.

This type of caregiver provides medication management, shopping (i.e. picking up prescriptions), transportation and personal care. If the senior uses medical equipment, the in-home caregiver will ensure that they are clean and in good working order. The home may also need to be adapted to suit the new living arrangement (i.e. security and mobility).

When interviewing live-in care candidates, you should make sure that the caregiver is able to do light housekeeping, which includes vacuuming, dusting, washing dishes, and laundry. When it comes to grocery shopping, the caregiver should be made aware of all allergies and dietary restrictions.

It is important that the senior get out of the house and is able to explore new activities. The caregiver will also need a valid driver’s license to drive the client to wherever they need to go. Because of this, it is necessary for the client to be familiar with the area they are serving in.

Also, has the caregiver provided personal care with other clients? Can he or she lift the senior for bathing and dressing? Properly groom a client? These concerns need to be addressed to ensure the loved one is getting the highest quality care. Aside from his or her skills, the caregiver must also enjoy his or her work.

The live-in home caregiver should want to be able to help not only the your elderly loved one but also your family. The family must feel at ease with the live-in care aid being around family heirlooms and other valuable items in the home. It is very easy for a family member to become overly protective of their loved one.

At Comfort Keepers, our exceptional live-in caregivers understand this and will not be offended. The caregiver will treat the home as if it were their own, and his or her client like family. When it comes to the topic of caregiving, make sure you take advantage of the many resources available to you such as the National Institute of Health and AARP. If you are interested in finding a live-in caregiver for yourself or a loved one, please contact us today at (732) 557-0010.

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