Anyone that’s ever had a fussy toddler knows the value of assistance from family or friends in time of stress! We’ve all needed a break when things got tough! It’s not much different when you have an aging family member that needs more attention than they used to. It’s part of aging…most of us will go through it! The good news is that you don’t have to solely rely on family and friends when you run out of options for the senior member(s) of your family. A recent article from AgingCare.com talked about the stresses of being the primary caregiver, “Many caregivers go through periods of burnout, depression, and frustration. These are normal human responses. Feeling them does not in any way mean that a caregiver is inadequate.” One way to help avoid these frustrations is by using a third party provider to give “break” periods to the caregiver while giving the senior family member a change of pace as well!
Here are some questions to consider asking a caregiver before allowing them into your home:
- Are you willing to submit to a background check?
- Have you ever cared for someone with conditions similar to my family member’s before?
- What caregiver certification training do you have?
- Do you have any CPR or first-aid training/certifications?
- Are you willing to sign a contract stating you will not accept money or gifts from my family member without clearing it with me?
These are just a few things to think about. There are likely many more questions depending on your situation. Most any reputable company will be ready to provide trained and qualified caregivers but it’s ultimately your decision about who takes care of your loved ones. Be a smart and safe consumer…do your homework ahead of time, but realize that it’s OK to ask for help! It will benefit everyone in the end!