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Watch Out for Well-Attired Caregivers

21 Jul

Sadly, elder abuse is far more common than most of us realize. It’s certainly not an unfamiliar concept to me. Both my mother and my late uncle were victimized by paid caregivers.

A few years ago,  my brother and I were given three hours notice that my mother was to be released from hospital but would require around-the-clock care for several months. We didn’t have a clue how to hire a care giver. All we knew was my mother really wanted to go home and the hospital wanted its bed back.  Lorna was the only applicant I spoke with and I hired her immediately. She seemed trustworthy and competent. And she was immediately available.

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Need to Hire a Private Caregiver But Don’t Know Where to Start?

28 Mar

Does your loved one need a private caregiver? Are you at a loss about how to hire a caregiver or what questions to ask of a potential candidate?

If you need to hire a caregiver for someone with dementia ,you can hire through a reputable agency that will screen candidates for you. Or you can get a referral from someone you know well. Regardless, interview the caregiver and make sure he or she is a correct fit for your loved one’s needs and personality.  Also, check references carefully. And get more than one reference. Do not rely on written references. And take the time to run a police check on anyone you are seriously thinking about hiring.

FREE WEBINAR ON HIRING CAREGIVERS

American Society on Aging

The American Society on Aging (ASA) also offers webinars that are extremely helpful for anyone dealing with issues relating to aging. Many of them are free. On Thursday, April 4,  they have afree one-hour webinar devoted specifically to hiring caregivers. The speaker will be Sherwin Sheik, founder of CareLinx. According the the ASA web site, participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Describe the four most important points families need to consider when hiring a private duty caregiver
  • List the four most important topics to cover in the interview and screening process.
  • Identify eight points of compatibility for a caregiver in order to ensure a safe and happy environment

You can learn more about this or other ASA webinars  here and register here.

 

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