Tag Archives: Senior Health

Progress

15 May

So we showed my mother the nursing home for which after 21 months she had finally come to the top of the waiting list. And she said NO! Eventually she agreed. But her change of heart came only after many harsh words were hurled in all directions and cooler heads were called in for support.  There is no doubt change is especially difficult for the elderly. However, anyone who knows my mother can confirm she has been difficult to deal with long before tangles and plaques started making a home in her brain. The dementia has only added another element of diffculty.

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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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