When living alone becomes dangerous for an aging parent, you may begin considering whether it might be time to move your mother or father into an assisted living facility or nursing home. You may find, though, that your parent resists leaving his or her home, at which point you may start to think about hiring an in-home caregiver.
Hiring an in-home caregiver gives your loved one a chance to remain in his or her own home while still benefitting from the mobility and other help a caregiver provides. The caregiver may assist your aging parent with day-to-day activities, or his or her main priority may be making sure he or she is safe and healthy. Finding a caregiver may take time and effort, but you may find the process easier if you take the following steps.
Start your search close to home
You and your parent may both feel more comfortable if you choose a caregiver you know, or one that someone you trust recommends. Ask friends, family members, neighbors or colleagues if they know anyone who might be appropriate.
Do your due diligence
If you decide to try to find an in-home caregiver through an agency, you may want to avoid those that hire independent contractors and instead choose one that has actual employees. You should also find out if there is a supervisor keeping tabs on in-home caregivers. If so, ask if this person also makes occasional home visits to check on your parent.
You may find the process of finding an in-home caregiver to be easier if your parent is on board with your decision. Consider framing the transition into using a caregiver as something that may be temporary in case the match ends up not being a good one.