Mom Needs A Caregiver in the Home: Who the Heck do I choose?

If you ever face a situation when a loved one needs help at home, the process of convincing them to accept the help is a difficult one. Most seniors love to be independent, no matter how difficult it is for them to maintain it. To bring in a caregiver for home care who will be assisting in such intimate activities such as bathing and dressing is therefore a problem. But with the population living longer than ever before, the problem children of elderly parents and relatives face is that there is just not enough time to invest in taking care of the loved one. There is really no option- a live in home caregiver is a fair idea.

If you are facing a similar predicament and finding it hard to convince an elderly person that he or she needs home care, it is a good idea to use the “humor me” approach. Gently pushing ahead and making the senior person understand that he is being subjected to care only because it would please you, is a tactic that works almost all the time.

Choosing a live in caregiver for an elderly person is quite a risk, considering the high rate of crimes this category of caregivers is involved in each year. Financial abuse is something that affects thousands of elderly seniors in American society. A lot of vigilance needs to be kept on workers who work unsupervised for long hours with only an elderly person for company.

Choosing a live in caregiver is a challenge, to say the least. A lot of people worry about ongoing home care as it involves quite a lot of money, sometimes going up to as much as $27 per hour. Though there are home care agencies who deal with the task of finding the right home caregivers for clients, a lot of people depend on internet advertising and newspapers. Why? Because they cost a lot less. But is that the right thing to do? When you use a home care agency to find a worker for the senior person at your house, you can be sure that you are getting to hire someone who not only has the credentials but also someone on whom a thorough background check has been done. It is a good idea to choose someone who has undergone a national criminal records search and come out positive.

Be sure to get to have a look at the live in caregiver’s references before hiring. This is important, because if the worker steals, you may actually end up losing a lot of money, because your insurance may or may not cover the loss.

About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked with the elderly and their families for over 30 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes". As an ElderCare Expert and Keynote Speaker, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and passion, to educate and promote self-care values to family caregivers and the community at large.
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8 Responses to Mom Needs A Caregiver in the Home: Who the Heck do I choose?

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  5. bronxboy55 says:

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  6. caregiver4me says:


    This is an important subject and excellent post. Even though we are in the ‘caregiving’ business, we were confronted with this this several years ago with my Mom and weren’t sure where to turn. Heck, we weren’t even sure where to begin. In many cases, a family can’t plan for this. As they say, the need for these services sometimes begins with a fall — it did in our case.

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    • Susan Avello says:

      Thanks for your comment, AND the link. It is an important subject and yes, falls are the number one leading cause of injury and one of those things that cause us to have to look into getting in home care. Having resources and knowledge ahead of time is so important.


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