It can be nerve-wracking, hiring a caregiver comes to your home or or provides supplementary care in a facility. How are you to know who’s trustworthy or competent enough? Might they be a good fit for you or your beloved?
Before you start calling any prospects, list down the tasks the job will entail, as well as your expectations from the potential caregiver.
What No One Knows About Caregivers
The more specific you are, the better. Consider what’s most important for you. Ask yourself questions such as:
Questions About Professionals You Must Know the Answers To
> When do you need the caregiver and how often does the person have to be there?
> Will this probably change soon?
If so, would it be an issue?
> What duties would you like the caregiver to perform and how frequently?
> Will any form of specialized care be required, such as for an elderly person with Alzheimer’s disease?
Researching Your Prospects
After listing down the caregiving duties, start filtering candidates by phone, and schedule an interview with everyone of them. On the phone, tell them about your needs. Inform them of your intention to call their references and perform a background check on them. Ask them to bring their resume, Social Security card, driver’s license and references to the interview.
Performing Background Checks
Performing a background check on each potential caregiver is crucial. This process must include examining criminal records (federal, state and/or county), DMV records and credit reports. Remember to obtain a written consent from the individual.
Interviews aren’t always that easy, but here are guide questions to help you get information that really matters:
> How long is your experience as a caregiver?
> Are you trained and experienced in any specific area?
> Are you willing to perform the duties indicated on this list (referring to the list you have created)?
> Can you recommend some suitable recreational activities?
> How would you deal with an irate care receiver?
Depending on Medicare’s definition, home health care could be categorized as “skilled” or “custodial” care. Skilled care is intensive medical care provided or supervised by nurses and/or therapists. On the other hand, custodial care refers to care in terms of daily tasks like bathing, cooking and shopping. Before choosing an agency, consider what type of care your loved one will need – custodial or skilled – and whether or not it will be covered by Medicaid or Medicare.
The following are important questions to ask your prospective agency:
> What are the specific services you provide?
> Whom is your Care Team composed of, and are they qualified?
> What will be the costs for their services? Is there a possibility for extra charges to come up?
> Do you have the certification to take Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement?
> Do you have a state license, bonding and insurance?
> Can you provide references?