Choosing a Caregiver for the Elderly

It is said that most elderly are set in their ways. When they are at the stage where they may need assisted living, that is when they dig their heels in and say they do not need help. It’s understandable as they want to keep their independence. As loved ones, you know they need help but cannot be with them at all times or care for them full time. This is the time to select a caregiver for your elderly loved ones. But when you think of choosing an at-home caregiver for our elderly family members it can be a daunting task and also scary. What are some things to consider? Ask Muffetta’s Domestic Assistants; we will guide you in selecting a caregiver that will fit your elderly loved one’s needs.

The caregiver you select must be the right fit for your loved one. But how can you know if you are making the right decision in your selection? Here are a few tips to consider when selecting a caregiver for the elderly.

  1. Identify the services that your elderly relative will need help with. Are they in need of laundry, healthcare and personal assistance? Will traveling be involved? Will they administer medication? Compiling a list of what needs doing will give you a clearer idea as to who you will select.
  2. Write a job description. The job description should be detailed and list all the tasks or duties that will be done while taking care of your elderly relative. Additionally, include the level of qualification the candidates need to have and if it will be required of them to drive and operate special equipment.
  3. Review your financial status.  Consequently, this review will make you aware of whether or not you are financially able to afford a caregiver. Taking care of an elderly loved one can be stressful. Being suddenly overwhelmed by costs is not a factor you need to worry about.
  4. Similarly, to reviewing finances, it is important to include all stakeholders in the decision-making process. Your siblings, aunts, uncles – those who will contribute in cash or kind.
  5. In the interview or the selection process, look for the qualities that you know are important to your elderly relative. If they are still active and outgoing, look for someone who enjoys outdoors and will gladly go on walks and engage in light exercise activities. You know what is important to your loved one, so ensure you look for someone who can provide not just physical care, but have a holistic approach.
  6. Make sure that the agency you select is bonded and insured.  so that you can rest secure that your loved one is safe and the best care is being given.
  7. If possible, ask for the opinion of the person who will receive the care. Including your elderly relative in the process will make them feel involved and will make the integration of the caregiver into the household or routine seamless.

Finally, do not regret selecting a caregiver for your elderly relative. You are not able to be with 24/7 and knowing they are in capable hands will give a peace of mind that money cannot buy. If you are in need of care for your elderly loved one, contact Muffetta’s Domestic Assistants today and let us see how we can make the process seamless for you. Muffetta’s elderly care candidates are experienced, highly qualified and are all screened.