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3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Caregiver for Your Parent

Are you looking for a companion for your parent or someone to assist him/her with cooking, laundry, bathing, grooming, shopping, and other personal care tasks?

If so, it’s possible that you have finally realized that you can’t handle it all – it’s either you dedicate all your attention to your loved one and neglect your own needs or vice versa.

To make things easier for you as you strive to identify the ideal companion/caregiver for your dear parent, here are 3common mistakes you must avoid at all costs:

  1. Not running a background check

One of the obvious reasons you want to hire a caregiver for your parent is because you want him/her to be safe. Unfortunately, there are thousands of sweet-talking caregivers out there with criminal records.

Unless you are willing to conduct a thorough background check on every potential caregiver who comes your way, there is a chance that you will end up installing someone who is not what he/she seems in your parent’s home.

  1. Not performing reference checks

You may be a distinguished judge of character, but that does not give you the green light to hire someone without performing reference checks.

Unless you don’t have a problem with hiring a person who is unprofessional and unreliable, it is very important that you contact the previous employers of a potential caregiver to find out more about his/her working history.

Even if a caregiver has been recommended by a friend or relative, don’t make the mistake of ignoring this vital hiring process.

  1. Hiring an inexperienced person

Hiring a person with no experience to take care of your needy parent can do more harm than good. And this is especially true if your parent has a medical condition that calls for extra care.

Unfortunately, some people prefer hiring persons with no experience in a bid to cut down on costs.

The good thing about hiring an experienced caregiver is that he or she is very likely to have experienced and overcome many challenges and situations that an inexperienced caregiver is not familiar with.

For example, if your parent has diabetes, an experienced caregiver is likely to have taken care of a diabetic client before and therefore understands the needs of your parent perfectly.

Perhaps you are thinking that you simply don’t have the time to run background checks, perform reference checks, or conduct detailed interviews. If you feel that these responsibilities are just too much to handle, you may consider hiring a caregiver through a licensed home care agency.

Some of the responsibilities you can expect a home care agency to shoulder include:

  • Interviewing the caregiver.
  • Training the caregiver.
  • Performing background checks and reference checks.
  • Assuming responsibility for caregiver’s worker’s compensation and other taxes.

 

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