More than 41 million Americans have a chronic health condition that minimizes their daily activities in some way and 12 million are unable to live independently. Out of the 1 in 5 elderly individuals who have reached age 85, more than half need long-term care or are impaired in some manner.
Most people in this situation want to continue to live independently in their own home as long as possible. For those with disabilities who are also elderly, that is possible only by bringing in outside help. Keep these tips in mind when hiring a caregiver for your elderly loved one:
- Assess home care needs.
- Write a job description.
- Develop a job contract with details.
- Know where to look for a caregiver.
- Interview applicants.
- Check references as well as a criminal background check.
- Hire thoughtfully.
Continue to monitor the potential employee’s performance long after he or she has begun working for your loved one.