For some families with a loved one to care for at home, hiring a live-in caregiver might be the most cost-effective solution. Having decided on this option of hiring a live-in caregiver, choosing a right caregiver is the next crucial decision. A right caregiver can improve the quality of your loved one’s life, by helping the care recipient with the activities of daily living and engaging her in activities in which she enjoys. Find a right or suitable caregiver can put you at wase and allow you to focus on your tasks, knowing your loved one is in good hands.
Based on our years of experience in the deployment of live-in caregivers, we offer the following 5 tips for choosing a right live-in caregiver for your loved one.
(1) Understand the Needs of the Care Recipient
(2) Communicate with the Care Recipient and Spouse
While you have the care recipient’s interest at heart in looking for a caregiver to look after your loved one, it is equally important to check in with the care recipient on the arrangement. The care recipient must accept that there will be a live-in caregiver who will be looking after her / him. With the acceptance of the arrangment, this will make it easier for the caregiver when she is deployed to the house. Besides the care recipient, the spouse of the care recipient must also accept that there will be a live-in caregiver. As there is often close contact between the care recipient and the caregiver, the spouse is sometimes ‘uncomfortable’ of the arrangement and this will make the job of the caregiver very difficult.
(3) Matching to a Caregiver with the Right Skill Sets and / or Experiences
(4) Language Abilities
As the caregiver is in constant contact with the care recipient, the ability to communicate effectively with one another is very important. This will hopefully establish a bond between the caregiver and care recipient, allowing care and support to be given easily. This will also avoid misunderstanding especially on instructions being passed down to the caregiver. In choosing the right caregiver a common language between the caregiver and care recipient should thus be considered.
(5) Right Attitude to take care of the Elderly
While there are many considerations in the choosing of a right live-in caregiver for your loved one, we offer 5 tips in which we consider are important factors in the choosing of a right caregiver. A good match will result in a ‘win-win’ outcome for the care recipient, the family members and the caregiver