When it becomes apparent that your mother or father need round-the-clock care, it can be difficult to find the perfect caregiver.
First, emotions are likely to run high for your parents and for you and your siblings. Giving up independence can be quite stressful.
Second, you want to find someone that fits into your parent’s life and makes it easier – not the other way around.
Finally, sad as it is to say, there are some in the caregiving profession that have less than admirable qualities. You want to ensure that your Mom or Dad is in good hands – hands that care. These tips will help you find the perfect caregiver for your parent.
Do not be afraid to ask questions – as many as you want. You are in control of the interview, so be prepared. Have a list of questions that you want to ask and be sure to leave enough time during the interview for the potential caregiver to ask questions. Remember that your list is only an outline – if a question occurs to you during the interview, ask. The goal is to gain as much information as possible, as well as gain perspective on the personality.
Test your potential caregiver. Before the interview, provide the caregiver with an address and nothing more. This is an easy way to find out if your caregiver will be on time. Because you will be relying on them to fit within your schedule and rely on them to get your parent to appointments on time, this is a great way to find out how reliable your potential caregiver will be.
Time is of the essence – if your potential caregiver is late to the interview, find another prospect. It is important for the caregiver to understand the importance of being on time, especially if they are going to be taking your parent to appointments.
If your potential caregiver pays more attention to their cell phone than you, end the interview process. Your parent needs the undivided attention of their caregiver – if they are not willing to put down the cell phone, your parent could receive improper care.
Watch mannerisms and body language throughout your meeting. A caregiver will be on best behavior at an initial meeting. If you begin having reservations, trust your instincts. Caregiving is a difficult service; if you don’t feel comfortable in the beginning with someone, keep interviewing until you find the right person.