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Caring for Seniors: The Caregiver Option

Jul-07-2020 | Uncategorized,

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If your elderly loved one is struggling with daily activities like shopping, bathing, or dressing independently, and wants to stay in their home, consider hiring a caregiver. This article discusses what a caregiver is, what their duties are, and tips for hiring one for your loved one.

What is a Caregiver?

caregiver is someone who provides in-home care for someone who needs extra help doing daily tasks on an ongoing basis. They can also be employed when a loved one is recovering from a temporary illness or surgery.

What a Caregiver Does and Limits to Consider

caregiver can help with things like driving to appointments, shopping, dressing, and bathing and serve as companions. Caregivers can also help seniors with any prescribed exercises given by therapists, attend appointments, and report any health concerns to family members or doctors that they observe. The duties of the caregiver will ultimately depend on the care needs of a loved one. But there are limits.

When hiring a caregiver, consider what the care needs of your loved one are realistically speaking. Senior care needs can change over time. So be prepared to consider other care options such as increasing hours, round-the-clock care, or moving to a facility if that is what is necessary and appropriate.

Things to Consider When Hiring a Caregiver

Considering your loved one’s care needs is important but it’s not the only thing you should factor in.

Finances- Insurance does not cover the cost of caregivers the majority of the time. Can your loved one or family afford to pay for caregivers now and increased needs in the future?

Family Agreement- Make sure that your loved one and family members involved with them and their care agree with the decision. If your loved one or other family members have different ideas about who the caregiver should be, it can cause significant conflict.

The Right Fit- Hiring a caregiver independently or going with the first agency you call may not be the right fit for your loved one. Talk with your loved one and family, ask questions of prospective agencies and do your research before you hire anyone.

If you’re not sure where to start in your caregiver search, contact Polish Care Services. Our staff will be happy to discuss our services with you!

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