Submitted by Pablo Retana on November 11, 2014 12:02
Choosing the right caregiver for an aging parent is not something to be taken lightly. Rushing the decision may backfire, but if you had the time to sit down and consider all the pros and cons, you probably wouldn’t need one in the first place. Here are six crucial factors you need to establish beforehand so that you don’t go about it tabula rasa.
Home care is (isn’t) the best alternative. You should proceed to hiring a home caregiver only after you have determined that aging in place is the best alternative for your relative. On principle, an aging parent is not going to want leave their house, but there might be slight difference between what they want and what’s best for them. For example, they may require social interaction, or need 24/7 access to skilled nursing care due to a specific medical condition. In such a case, it would be best to move them while they still have the cognitive ability to adapt to a new situation. Conversely, don’t assume that your loved one will be better off in a nursing home, especially if they are retain a modicum of independence.
The type of assistance needed. Home caregivers can help aging individuals with most daily activities such as bathing, walking, dressing, shopping and cooking, as well as health-related duties like monitoring blood pressure or changing a dressing. Your relative may need assistance with some of these activities and still be proficient in others; conversely, the caregiver may not appreciate it if you expect him or her something that falls outside of their job description. It’s important to be straightforward regarding the expectations that each involved party has concerning this experience.