Statistics say 75% of us will either become or need a caregiver at some point in our lives. Most of us will become a Family Caregiver; we will take care of someone in our family, usually an elderly parent or spouse. Very few of us however are equipped to take on such a colossal role. As we consider the possibility or even the reality that we _will_ be a caregiver most of us are also faced with the dilemma of exactly how to be a caregiver.
While there is usually a primary care person, caring for an elderly parent is a team effort. There are so many pieces involved in creating a successful care environment and plan that it is virtually impossible to do on your own. Even with my knowledge and limited experience, I still made several mistakes as I branched out to adding home care as part of our new caregiving team.
Hiring home care to help you take care of your elderly parent is a big responsibility but it is so important for your mental health as a caregiver. Following these strategies on the first day of home care will set you and your parent up for a successful addition to your caregiving team.
Whether you are going through an agency or hiring independently interviewing potential home care workers is a very important step in the process of hiring help for your elderly parent.
Don’t wait until you are desperate. Start looking for help today. By exploring your options and doing your research you will find help for you and your elderly parent.