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3 tips for hiring a live-in nurse

If you have a family member or loved one who requires around the clock care and assistance, you may find yourself wanting to hire an in-home nanny. Having to care for someone as they get older or battle an illness is not easy task, so hiring a professional to help manage the responsibilities that come with it is highly recommended. 

Hiring a live-in caregiver means gaining more flexibility, comfort and convenience – for both you and your loved one. You will have greater peace of mind knowing that he or she is in safe, reliable and capable hands. Plus, the consistency that comes with having a full-time, live-in caregiver or nurse offers tremendous advantages. It's a far better option, for example, than having a rotating shift of professionals coming in and out. This is not a stable environment or strategy for caring for someone in need, as it makes you more susceptible to having to deal with scheduling conflicts.  

To ensure you hire the best possible live-in assistance, consider the following three tips:

1. Decide what you need
Of course, your specific circumstances are going to dictate the type of live-in help you seek. For example, if your family member has a certain ailment, disability or medical condition, a top priority is going to be to find a nurse who has the proper certification and training to deal with such conditions. 

However, you would also be wise to consider what needs you may have that she would assist you with beyond the basic requirements. 

2. Make a list of your non-negotiables
Aside from being able to provide your loved one with exceptional care, what other traits, skills and qualities would your ideal live-in nurse possess? Compiling a list of absolute 'must-haves' for the professional you hire, and getting as specific as possible, can help narrow down your search. The more specific you get about what aspects you would be willing to compromise on (such as his or her educational background) will make it significantly easier when it comes to choosing between the top applicants.

3. Hire a staffing agency
Considering how busy you already are, the most effective way to ensure you hire the best possible live-in nurse or caregiver out there is to enlist the help of a professional domestic staffing agency. 

At Colonial Domestic Agency, we understand your concerns with hiring a live-in nurse, as there are specific challenges that need to be addressed. We conduct in-depth interviews with each applicant to find someone who is trustworthy, caring, experienced and – most of all – perfect for your particular circumstance. 

Contact Colonial Domestic Agency for more information.