When you decide that you wish to hire an in-home caregiver for an elderly family member, you may understandably feel a little overwhelmed with this task. The caregiver needs to be qualified and trustworthy, and you want to be sure that he or she will treat your loved one in the proper manner. Some people move forward with trying to hire a caregiver by putting an advertisement online or even by using social media in the hopes of getting paired with the right individual. Doing so can work, but it can also have drawbacks. You're better off contacting an elderly home care agency that can supply you with the right caregiver. Here are some reasons that this is a better approach.
Thorough Background Assessment
Someone who responds to your online post might say that he or she has a certain type of education and has worked as a caregiver, but you won't necessarily be certain of these qualifications. You don't want to hire someone who isn't suitable for the job, but there's a risk of doing so when you proceed in this manner. This isn't a risk that you'll encounter upon contacting a home care agency. Each caregiver that the agency employs has not only the right education and experience credentials, but has also gone through a comprehensive background check.
Standards To Be Met
Professional caregivers who work for you through a home care agency have a code of ethics and standards to which they adhere. The home care agency takes this code extremely seriously, and won't keep caregivers on staff unless they continuously demonstrate an ability to follow this code. For example, there's a specific protocol that a caregiver needs to take upon encountering a medical emergency for a patient. This can include calling a case manager and writing a report. When you hire someone independently, these standards do not exist.
Availability Of Backup Help
If a caregiver whom you've hired independently is ill, quits, or simply doesn't show up, you're left scrambling to provide the care that your elderly family member needs. And, you may soon find yourself starting the process of trying to hire someone all over again. When a health aide from a home care agency is unavailable because of illness, there will always be another caregiver who can step in to fill his or her shoes. This means that your loved one will never go without the care that he or she needs.