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4 tips for hiring a caregiver for your aging parent

Caring for aging parents is an emotionally and logistically difficult experience that can be made easier by a qualified caregiver.

If you feel overwhelmed and unable to provide your parent with sufficient care and support, it may be time to consider hiring additional staff to relieve your burden. A caregiver for the elderly is also advantageous because his or her services will allow your relative to stay within the home for much longer. Moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility can be traumatic, so hiring additional help is often the best route.

Here are some tips for finding the perfect employee:

  • Assess your needs: Does your parent or relative require medical care like physical therapy or medication? In that case, you'll need to find someone with the necessary certifications and credentials to work with you.
  • Determine special skills: Talk about what skills are necessary in this job. You might need someone who can lift your relative out of a wheelchair or someone who can drive to doctor's appointments.
  • Look for a good fit: Ask some easy questions meant to put the candidates at ease and help you determine what kind of personality traits they possess. You'll need someone who will fit in well with your family, which is especially important because caregivers offer invaluable companionship for their charges.
  • Write a job description: Make a list of the services you would expect a caregiver to offer, and discuss them with each person you interview. It's helpful to be upfront about the job description so both you and your candidates know what kind of work they would be doing.

Finally, contact Colonial Domestic Agency if you need help finding a caregiver in Los Angeles. We prescreen all our applicants for you to ensure that you interview only the most qualified and professional individuals.