First, a caregiver works for themselves, which often seems cheaper, but does not have insurance (business or workers’ compensation). Therefore, there is no care if they become sick or have a personal emergency. Also, if they injure themselves while caring for your loved one, you may be financially responsible for their injuries.
Second is a caregiving company, which can be more expensive. Still, they have workers’ compensation insurance and do background checks on their caregivers. If your assigned Caregiver cannot help you on a particular day, they can find backup caregivers.
Finding the right Caregiver can be complicated and expensive.
It is no secret that there is the stress of having a stranger come into your home and trusting essentially a stranger to care for your loved one properly. It’s challenging for independent people since they lose their privacy and independence and are humbled to have someone help with everyday activities (bathing, dressing, transferring, etc.)
Everyone has a way of doing something, so allowing a caregiver to not only support but do their method can be challenging too. There has to be some give and take when it comes to finding the right Caregiver; remember, it is customary to go through a few to find the one that is a good fit for you. The most crucial part is finding one you get along with, trust and who will genuinely help you.
Where to find one?
The best way to find a caregiver is by asking a Case Manager or Social Worker. Talking to someone that knows reputable caregivers or caregiving companies can also be a great option. But, of course, you have come to the right place to find verified caregivers in your area.
STAGES is here to help find a caregiver for your aging loved one.