If your loved one is in need of long term care services, he or she may decide that in-home care is a great option. This can be a wonderful way to allow your loved one to stay in an environment that he or she is comfortable with while also getting the care that is needed.
If you are choosing a caregiver for your loved one, you will want to take extra care. This will best ensure that the caregiver is honest, reliable, friendly, and caring. Take a look at the tips below to learn more. If you have any questions or if you’d like help assessing your loved one’s long term care needs, meet with an elder law – estate planning attorney.
When choosing a caregiver, remember the following:
- Make sure that the caregiver(s) will be able to meet all of your loved one’s needs. If your loved one requires special care, you need to choose a caregiver who will be able to assist with these special requirements. It’s a good idea to carefully discuss all aspects of the job with a caregiver ahead of time, so that there’s a mutual understanding of what needs to be done.
- Get recommendations before choosing a caregiver. It’s a good idea to ask friends and family members if they’re happy with a certain caregiver’s services and abilities. You may also be able to get advice from a local community center or church. An estate planning – elder law attorney may also have some great recommendations. It’s a good idea to get multiple recommendations to ensure that the caregiver of your choosing is the best fit.
- Ask the caregiver for a list of references. You want to make sure that he or she has done a great job in the past. A good caregiver will be willing and able to list references without giving you a hard time. Contact some of the references to get a better idea of the caregiver’s skills and experience.
If you have any long term care questions or if you need assistance selecting a caregiver, consult with a qualified estate planning – elder law attorney. Please check out part 2 (of 2) of this article that we’ll post this coming Monday, August 15.