What to Look for and Ask a Potential Caregiver

What to Look for and Ask a Potential Caregiver

Although you want the best for your loved one, you may not have the skills and time to give them the attention they need. At this point, the best thing you can do is to find a professional caregiver to assist you. It’s not easy to build a relationship of trust with someone taking care of a family member, but the tips below can help you find a great caregiver for your needs.

Seniors deserve respect, care, and love. A compassionate caregiver knows that older adults have different needs and a cookie-cutter approach is out of the question. When assessing a caregiver’s skills, ask if they create a personalized plan for each client and how often this plan is evaluated.

It’s also very important to discuss with your potential caregiver a few guidelines for communicating with you and your family members. Think about what you would like to be informed of and make it clear from the very beginning.

Another recommendation is to ask a few scenario-based questions. For example:

  • What would you do if my mother refuses to get dressed or eat her breakfast?
  • If my father falls and looks confused, how would you handle it?
  • My uncle doesn’t want to take his medication. How do you react?

Last but not least, don’t forget to ask the basics: Work experience, motivation for work, strongest skills, and references. Here’s something that many people forget to ask: Does the caregiver have first-aid training and know how to perform CPR? Accidents might happen, and having someone that is first-aid certified can give you peace of mind.

Now that you have a better understanding of what to look for and ask a potential caregiver, we encourage you to visit one of our locations in California to get an opportunity to talk to our doctors, caregivers, and residents. At CareAgape Senior Homes, our mission is to provide the highest levels of love, commitment, and care in a loving family home. Contact us through our website or by calling (714) 646-6750 to learn more about our services.