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Finding the Right Caregiver for Your Senior Loved One

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Perhaps other responsibilities in your life have prevented you from providing the care your elderly loved one needs, or maybe he or she is facing new challenges that require additional assistance. Whatever has led you to seek out professional caregiving services for your loved one, the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance in Palm Beach suggest you look at whatever options are best suited for his or her needs.

Decide What Type of Care Your Loved One Needs

A caregiver will typically fall into one of three categories: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), home health aide, or personal care attendant. A CNA has some medical training and is certified to check vitals, administer medications, and care for wounds. A home health aide can assist your loved one with everyday living activities such as bathing, dressing, and feeding. Personal care attendants can help with household chores. All three types of caregivers can overlap, but knowing what your loved one needs themost help with can narrow down what type of caregiver should be employed.

Look at Agency Caregivers Versus Independent Caregivers

Hiring a caregiver from an agency may cost more, but the agency will be able to provide background checks, training certification, and replacements should a caregiver need to miss work. Independent caregivers tend to cost less, but often have higher turnover rates.

Research Potential Caregivers

Asking potential caregivers service-specific questions can help you understand how they might react in certain situations. Verifying background checks, references, and prior employers can be helpful in determining if the caregiver can perform the job asked of them.

Make Sure the Caregiver is a Good Fit

Many seniors experience feelings of loneliness and isolation, but a caregiver in Palm Beach can help ease these feelings by providing conversation and companionship. A potential caregiver should be well suited to your loved one. Many services can even match a caregiver to a senior based on likes, dislikes, and political beliefs.

Set Clear Rules About Your Expectations

Make sure any potential caregivers know what is expected of them and what the rules of the household are before they begin working. This can help ensure the process goes smoothly and that your loved one will receive the best care possible.

Not all seniors require in-home care, but for those who do, the right caregiver can be a wonderful companion. If your loved one needs Palm Beach hourly care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We also offer 24/7 live-in care, and our caregivers are expertly trained in the revolutionary Balanced Care Method, which emphasizes healthy longevity and happiness through sound lifestyle choices. All of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we never ask clients to sign long-term contracts. To learn more about our senior care services, call 561.429.8292 and one of our friendly Care Managers would be happy to schedule you a no-obligation consultation.