Finding a Competent and Reliable Caregiver
It can be nerve-wracking, hiring a caregiver comes to your home or or provides supplementary care in a facility. How can you tell if they’re competent or trustworthy? Will they “click” with you or your loved one?
Before you begin calling any caregivers, make a list things that the job will cover and any expectations you have from the caregiver your chosen caregiver.
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Be very, very specific. Consider what’s most important for you. Ask yourself questions such as:
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> When and how frequently will the caregiver be needed?
> Will this probably change soon?
If so, could it be a problem?
> What are the exact tasks you would like the caregiver to perform and how frequently?
> Is there a need for any special type of care, such as for a senior who has Alzheimer’s disease or incontinence?
Researching Your Prospects
Once you have identified the caregiving duties, begin screening candidates through the phone and set individual interviews with all of them. On the phone, explain your needs to them. Inform them of your intention to call their references and perform a background check on them. Ask them to come to the interview with their resume, driver’s license, Social Security card, and references.
Performing Candidate Background Checks
Performing a background check on each potential caregiver is crucial. This process should include include looking at credit reports, DMV records, and criminal records (county, state and/or federal). Remember to secure a written consent from the person involved.)
Interviews are sometimes tricky, but with the help of the following guide questions, you should be able get the information you really want:
> How long have you been working as a caregiver?
> Do you have any kind of specialty?
> Are you okay with the duties on this list (referring to the list you have prepared)?
> What recreational activities do you suggest?
> How will you manage a combative care receiver?
Based on definitions by Medicare, home health care is classified “skilled” or “custodial” care. Classified under skilled care is any type of intensive medical care that is provided or supervised by therapists and/or nurses. On the other hand, custodial care refers to care in terms of daily tasks like bathing, cooking and shopping. When choosing an agency, consider whether your loved one needs skilled or custodial care, and if Medicaid or Medicare will cover it.
Below are important questions you should ask your potential agency:
> What services do you provide?
> Who are the people in your care team and what are their qualifications?
> What will be the costs for their services? Is there a possibility for extra charges to come up?
> Are you certified to receive Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement?
> Are you licensed by the state, bonded and insured?
> Can you give me references?