As the average age of our population continues to rise, it’s more important than ever for families to have access to experienced, quality, trustworthy caregivers.
As you learn about the geriatric care industry, you’ll discover that there is a demand for caregivers. A caregiver’s credentials are certainly important to consider. However, you also need to look at personal preferences, since this person will be interacting with your family often.
Good Education = Quality Care
Your new caregiver plays a proactive role in not only supporting the daily needs of your aging loved one, but also watching for warning signs that could indicate a potential problem. For best results, it’s important to choose a caregiver with both education and industry experience.
While there are times when it’s helpful to work with an RN, the level of medical experience required varies depending on the needs of the aging adult.
Other Considerations When Hiring a Caregiver
Here are a few other things you need to consider when it’s time to hire a caregiver:
- Current Needs: Understand your current needs so you can accurately describe the duties. Sometimes, caregiving is focused more on daily functions and medical support. Other times, caregiving also includes cooking, cleaning, and household tasks.
- Financial Costs: Know your budget and be realistic. While some situations might ideally warrant a team of caregivers working extended hours, you might only be able to afford a few hours of service each day.
- Private or Agency: Now that you know your needs, you can look for private providers or contact a local agency for assistance. This process connects you with potential caregivers. Then you can begin the interview process to find the right fit for your needs.
- Background Checks: Before hiring your selected candidate, always complete background checks and verify the person’s credentials and references.
Hiring the right caregiver is an important step to minimizing the risk of elder abuse and neglect. Senior Safe and Sound offers information about protecting your loved one from elder abuse. For support, you can contact us by email at info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice.