With a quickly aging population more resources than ever are needed to take care of the daily needs of our aging loved ones.  According to some estimates there are over 65.7 million caregivers in the United States that are taking care of someone who is ill, disabled or aged. On average these caregivers provide 20.4 hours a week of care. Often it is too difficult for loved ones to be the sole caregivers of their aging family members and therefore 35% of aging adults not in nursing homes have paid help (source).If you need to hire a paid care giver for your aging loved one you may be asking what exactly am I looking for? Here are three important tips to follow when you’re planning on hiring a paid caregiver for your loved one. 

  • The first step is to determine what exactly do you or your loved one need from a caregiver. Needs can range from medical care such as medication management to self-care needs such as dressing and bathing.
  • Create a job description/contract for prospective caregiver. This list should include what skills the caregiver should have to apply such as health care training and experience as well as expectations of care and rules to follow.
  • Make sure to check references and complete a criminal background check. Lack of references should be a red flag especially for someone who claims they are experienced.

Sometimes aging loves ones need more care than a home elder caregiver can provide. Sprain Brook Manor Rehab offers short term care in Westchester. You will feel confident knowing that your loved ones have the best skilled nursing care. In addition, Sprain Brook Manor Rehab offers advanced physical therapy, speech therapy, cardiac therapy and rehabilitation services that individual caregivers often cannot provide on their own. Contact them today for more information. This post is provided by Sprain Brook Manor Rehab which Provides unique opportunity to recover from medical procedures that result in true satisfying results. Getting you stronger and better every day. Contact us today to receive more information.Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as health advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual medical counsel or consulting your physician.