Tips for Choosing an Elderly Caregiver

Determining that your family member is in need of additional assistance in the form of a caregiver can be extremely overwhelming, particularly if you have the desire to assist your loved one but do not have the means or the time to dedicate to this effort. More than 41 million Americans have chronic health conditions that limit their daily activities in one way or another.

A further 12 million individuals are unable to live independently. One out of five elderly individuals who have reached age 85 need long term care associated with an impairment.

In order to choose the right in home caregiver for your loved one, you need to follow this process:

  1. Assess the true needs. Determine the levels of household care, healthcare and personal care needed.
  2. Write a job description. Include details about the healthcare background and training needed, whether a car or valid driver’s license is required and whether the individual will be responsible for operating special equipment or lifting their recipient of the care.
  3. Develop a job contract and know where to look for a caregiver. Your job contract should be based on the job description and will include details like the hours of work, wages, how payment is made, unacceptable behavior, and termination requirements.

Identifying the right pool for a caregiver is essential. Bear in mind that although family members and friends are okay, hiring a caregiver for your loved one is a business decision and you may need to hire someone with professional experience. Make sure you interview the individual, conduct a criminal background check and check references as well. All of this can be critical in identifying the right caregiver for your loved one.

Get the help of a New Jersey elder law planning attorney when you’re facing the challenges of helping a loved one with numerous health issues. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help sooner rather than later.