We need to hire a care giver for my father-in-law. He is not ready to leave his home to go to assisted living. He can not drive and has some memory issues. Does anyone have tips on the best way to go about getting quality care?
Use a reliable agency and get references. Also make sure the hours, responsibilities, etc. are all in writing, and go over the list thoroughly with the caregiver and agency. You might even want a lawyer to draw up a letter of agreement. AARP lists questions you should ask and has links that include resources for agencies.
I agree with bigsis. And when you get the references make sure to call them yourself with prepared questions about the candidate. Also, once you have hired someone, I suggest you stop in unannounced at different times of the day. That will give you a chance to see first-hand the kind of care he's getting. If you don't live near him, please ask a friend or neighbor to check in, at least during the first few months.
Holly T, A good place to start your search for in-home health care is eldercarelink.com. They can refer you to pre-screened, local providers for your dad. It doesn't cost you anything and they have 50,000 listings for all kinds of health care services, including meals, adult day-care, home care, assisted living, companions, etc. You fill out a survey that will assess your needs so they can match you up to the best solution for your dad. Good luck, I hope this helps.
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I suggest you to go through your local directory and take help of reliable agency. Best of luck!
There are always some folks who have great results when they hire independent workers themselves, but for various reasons it's usually safer and much less stressful to hire a non-medical home care agency and let them match your father up with a caregiver(s). You will usually have to commit to at least 3 or four hours at a time. They will take care of doing background and drug checks, will pay Social Security taxes and will be insured and bonded. Call your local Area Agency on Aging for a few referrals.
MY FATHER IN-LAW MOVED IN AS THEY COULD NOT AFFORD THEIR HOUSE ANYMORE, NO PENTION, GETS SS BUT HE SAYS MOST OF IT GOES ON HIS MEDS. MY FAULT AS I ALWAYS WANT TO HELP AND SUGGESTED THE INLAW QUATERS. SOME OF THE MONEY WENT IN THE IN-LAW QUARTERS, BUT SAYING THAT, MY INLAWS HAD NO RENT, ELECTRIC, PHONE, CABLE BILLS, WE PAID ALL THAT. WITH BAD TIMES WE HAD TO SELL THE HOUSE AND MOVE IN THE BEACH HOUSE AS WE COULD NOT AFFORD TWO MORTGAGES. OUR OTHER HOUSE SOLD IN 6 WEEKS WHERE WHEN WE TRIED TO SELL THE SHORE HOUSE IT TOOK ALMOST 2 YEARS. ANYWAY THIS IS WHERE WE ARE AT NOW. HE'S GREAT WHEN HE IS NOT AROUND ALL THE TIME AND WE JUST VISITED HIM IN HIS HOME. FIVE YEARS AGO WE BUILT INLAW QUATERS (STILL WAS TOUGH BUT REALLY TOUGH NOW THAT HE IS IN THE HOUSE). I KNOW IT IS NOT FAIR TO HIM TO MOVE BACK AND FORTH BUT HE ALSO WANTED THIS AS HE HAS FAMILY AT THE OTHER SONS AND MORE ACTIVITIES THERE TO DO.