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Tips in Hiring In-Home Caregivers

Our elderly loved ones who are struggling to live safely by themselves would surely appreciate it more if you don’t send them to a nursing facility. You do have other options than sending them off or taking care of them by yourself. You can hire someone to provide in-home care.

Determining the needs of your loved one is the first thing you need to find out before hiring a caregiver. Determine whether she needs a companion who provides non-medical services or if she needs round the clock medical care. Knowing this will help narrow down your search for the best in-home caregiver.

There are two ways by which you can hire an in-home caregiver. You can find caregivers through an agency or independent ones. Whatever you choose is acceptable. If you hire someone through an agency, you can be sure that they will do the necessary background check and drug tests with the candidate. Background checks and drug testing has to be done yourself if you want to hire caregivers individually.
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You also need to research the applicant, whether she comes from an agency or an independent worker. Talk to the applicant and ask questions. It is important to know how the applicant and your loved one will communicate to each other so make sure that you give time to your loved one to also talk to the applicant. Your loved one needs to be comfortable with the person you will hire as caregiver because she will be spending more time with her.
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It is important to observe how they communicate with each other. Do not compromise communication skills with quality of service, because if the caregiver cannot communicate well with your loved one and find it hard to understand each other, you might as well look for another one, even if you feel that she can care for your loved one well. There can be a big difference in the interaction between your loved one and a caregiver if they find that they have a shared interest.

Checking the background of the agency you will be hiring from is also very important. Hire from a licensed agency with liability insurance. You also have to be sure that their employees are bonded and have been screened for communicable diseases.

If your in-home caregiver is hired from an agency, then it is the responsibility of the agency to pay her wages. You just need to pay the agency, and they are the ones who will pay the caregiver.

Hiring independent applicants gives you hiring options. One option is to hire her as an employee where you will pay for the payroll and taxes. IF you hire on contract basis then the caregiver will have to pay her own taxes.

With an in-home caregiver, your loved one need not be transferred to a nursing facility.