Are you challenged with hiring a caregiver to help with an older family member? It’s a big responsibility to care for someone you love. Often, families can’t manage the demands that essential caregiving requires. So, they look for professional assistance with daily tasks.
How do you know if you are hiring the right person as caregiver? Look for a few important traits that will increase the likelihood that this individual can offer the necessary care and support.
- Patience: Daily tasks can be monotonous. There are times when a caregiver might face resistance from the patient. This is especially true when the patient is suffering from a degenerative disease or dementia. A lack of patience can cause the caregiver to become frustrated, which might unintentionally lead to elder abuse.
- Trustworthiness: The caregiver will be spending a lot of time with the patient. As a result, they might have access to sensitive documents or valuable items. You can reduce the risk of theft by removing any tempting items. At the same time, you should look for a trustworthy caregiver who will be honest in all aspects of their life.
- Empathy: Often, elderly patients face a variety of issues that impact their health and wellbeing. When a caregiver has empathy for the situation, they are more likely to respond with compassion vs. frustration. Gentle interactions, kind words, and eye contact are essential to help the senior feel valued and respected.
- Dependability: When a senior is unable to handle the basic, daily activities of life, you need to be able to depend on the caregiver. You need someone who will show up every day, on time. Discuss your schedule expectations to be sure that the caregiver will be available as needed.
A little bit of work can go a long way to reduce the risk of elder abuse. Make sure that you are hiring someone who will offer the quality care that your family member deserves.
If you need help with the prevention of elder abuse, then we are here to offer the assistance that you need. Email info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal advice.