They’re your grandparents. You love them. They need some help to continue living independently at home. You need help helping them. Whether you live nearby or long distance, how do you begin the search to find caring senior services for them?
What kind of help do they need?
If you’re looking for help for your grandparents, chances are they need something more than maid service or landscaping professionals. Perhaps they need assistance with non-medical tasks such as personal care, meal preparation, or medication reminders. Sometimes they just need transportation, errand service, or companionship. Whether they need occasional help, a lot of help, or assistance with things they can no longer do at all, you can find just the right solution.
Should you choose a private caregiver from a newspaper ad or enlist a company to coordinate the different types of services your grandparents need? Whichever you choose, here are some key considerations to bear in mind while searching.
The Company You Keep
Look for an established company with proven methods for developing, monitoring, and adjusting care plans tailored to your grandparents’ needs.
Choose a company that conducts thorough background checks of its caregivers on a regular, ongoing basis.
Seek a company that requires certification and continuing education of its caregivers.
Select a company that can adapt its services to your grandparents’ changing needs. Caring Senior Service, for example, offers a comprehensive, in-person assessment of your grandparents’ daily living activities to determine if they can continue living at home safely. Can they do laundry, including operating the machines and putting away the clothes? Are they able to handle paying their bills or balancing their checkbook? What about answering or making a telephone call, driving or using public transportation?
Measuring their independence helps ascertain the scope of services needed and the skill level of the caregiver you need.
Caregivers That Give The Best Care
Insist on trained, experienced, and carefully screened caregivers who are
licensed, bonded, and insured.
Bridge, anyone? How about gardening, reading, music, or movies? Would your grandparents prefer a vivacious, social butterfly or quiet company? Personality is a plus: Caregivers need to be compatible with their clients.
Backup – Professional caregivers get sick, take vacations, and have emergencies, too. Make sure yours has backup.
What kind of help do you need?
Loving family members or close friends who help a lot need to take time to refresh themselves.
You can and should take regular breaks to shop, rest, run errands, and take care of personal business.
It is not out of the question even to take a vacation.
Plus, it gives your grandparents opportunities to interact with others. As much as they love you, they may enjoy a break, too.
Concerned about being able to find someone for occasional respite care who can manage the specific tasks your grandparents need help with?
Enlist the aid of a caregiver from a responsible company that provides senior care services for a flat hourly rate.
There is peace of mind when it’s someone you both have already met.
Long Distance Caregiving
Do you live far from your grandparents?
Sometimes seniors live elsewhere than a single family home or apartment.
Grandparents who reside in an assisted living facility or nursing home, or who are staying in the hospital or a long-term rehabilitation facility may need more help than they offer.
Perhaps you’re only helping financially while another family member provides the caregiving.
Either way, you need trustworthy, full-time or respite caring senior services to make them feel at home.