More than 41 million Americans are dealing with serious health problems which disturb their everyday activities and 12 million Americans find it hard to live independent lives. One of 5 elders in the US has reached the age of 85 years. Over half of them need proper caregiver services to do daily work like bathing, eating and dressing. If you are looking for in-house caregiver service Phoenix, here are some tips to consider:
Consider Your Needs – Assess the assistance required in personal care, healthcare and household care. Do you need health care at home, like medication management or physical therapy? Do you want non-medical care like dressing, bathing, meal preparation or toileting? Are you seeking out for a sitter or companion? Do you need assistance with shopping, housecleaning, running errands or home maintenance, or money management and bill payments?
Job Description – Make a job description according to help required. Also include driving (valid driving license or car required), healthcare training (licensed practical nurse, certified nursing care, registered nurse etc.), and operating special equipment or life care recipient.
Where to Look for Assistance – Know the resources from where you can get a caregiver. Your friends or neighbors can be good caregivers. You may ask your minister or pastor if you are from a church, for prospects. But managing, hiring and firing a caregiver are decisions related to business. Hire a caregiver as per your budget. Don’t look for caregiver in places you won’t find best one for you.
Preparing for Interview – Have a list of questions you are going to ask. Make the list of caregiver agencies, applicants, reference or referral source you are going to contact in your hunt. You may contact a caregiver agency if you don’t know what to ask a personal caregiver. Since you are a potential client to them, they would be helpful to you.
Ask Your Applicants – When screening of applicants is done over telephone, interview them personally who look acceptable. Invite a family member or friend on the interview to have a second opinion. See the interaction among the person who is going to receive care and the applicant.
Background Inspection – Individuals who earn from state funds always have to go through criminal background check. Even though someone doesn’t have any disqualifying crime conviction, they may have convictions for the crimes which may present you with safety risk, for example, drink and drive, drug abuse, driving without insurance or driving license.
See References – You should see references with care and ask everyone who has a reference. This way, you need someone who is reliable and dependable and qualified to perform all the work. If you are hiring someone from agency or an agency, be sure that they do proper background checks. Background check is mandatory in several state laws. But it doesn’t mean it is done everywhere.
Hire Carefully – You should hire a caretaker who is experienced in specific fields where you are seeking for help. Alzheimer’s disease patients always need bathing and toileting assistance.