How to Hire a Trustworthy Respite Caregiver

Respite care can be a saving grace for full-time family caregivers who need a helping hand. But it can also be stressful to allow someone outside the family to help you care for a loved one. Keep reading to learn how to hire a trustworthy caregiver who offers all the services you need to feel comfortable.

  • Determine if Respite Care is the Right Choice

    Before you start searching for an outside caregiver, make sure respite care is the right fit for your loved one.

    Standard respite caregiver services include providing companionship, helping with light housekeeping, assisting with dressing and grooming, doing meal prep, giving medication reminders, driving, and scheduling appointments.

    If your loved one needs assistance with things like using an oxygen tank or doing daily injections - be sure to ask your potential caregiver if they can help. While some caregivers are willing and able to handle minimal medical care, others are not.

    To summarize, if you need a hand around the house and help with minimal medical care, respite care may be the perfect fit. But, if you need specialized care that requires a trained medical professional, home health care may be a better option.

  • Make a List and Check it Twice

    Once you've decided respite care is the right fit, it's time to write down exactly what you need from a caregiver. The easiest way to do this is to keep a notebook and pen with you as you go through your daily routine and make a note of each thing you do. If you help with medication, write it down. If you prepare a meal, write it down. After a couple of days, you’ll have a comprehensive to-do list.

    Next, you need to decide how many days a week to bring in respite care to help you tend to your loved one. When you bring someone new in, sometimes it’s best to introduce them into your household slowly.

    Consider bringing a caregiver in once a week, see how they do, and make sure they get along well with your loved one. Once you’ve established a good fit, consider scheduling additional respite care days into your weekly routine.

  • Research Your Caregiver’s Background and Insurance

    Before you allow someone to care for your loved one, it’s important to do your research and make sure they're trustworthy. Don't be afraid to ask for a background check and be sure to investigate what kind of insurance policy they are covered by. The more comprehensive the coverage, the better.

    Another great way to verify that a caregiver is trustworthy is to ask for references. Ask your caregiver for the contact information of one to three recent clients. Then, give those clients a call and get their feedback. There’s no better testament to a good caregiver than a glowing first-hand review!

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