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Is it Time for Jacksonville In-Home Care?

Choosing to become the caregiver for your loved one or deciding to hire a professional caregiver is a difficult and possibly life changing decision.

It’s important to consider all the options when you come to the realization that your loved one can no longer live alone safely, or when their healthcare needs become more than you can realistically handle.

Family members often find caregiving a rewarding experience, but be aware; it can quickly lead to feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, isolated and can even cause you to neglect your own well-being. If you are currently acting as a caregiver and feel that you can no longer provide the ever expanding responsibilities required for the in-home care of your loved one don’t feel guilty. It may be time to consider a professional in-home care provider.

Professional in-home care providers are skilled at providing the things that your loved ones require daily. Help with bathing, toileting, cooking, eating, appointment setting, conversation, laundry and minor home chores, transportation and medical duties like wound care and injections.

Choosing to become the caregiver for your loved one or deciding to hire a professional caregiver is a difficult and possibly life changing decision.

Things to do when looking for In-Home Healthcare Providers in Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, Amelia Island and Fernandina

  • Ask doctors, nurses, friends, clergy, neighbors, or co-workers for referrals.
  • Create a detailed list describing all the tasks you will require
  • List the hours and days that you will need in-home care coverage
  • Determine how much you are prepared to pay
  • Create a list of questions you will want to ask to get a sense of the applicants’ care experiences and personality

Conducting the Interview:

  • Ask job candidates to bring a résumé and current references
  • Try to include your loved one in the interview process
  • Outline the complete list of caregiving duties and proposed schedule
  • Describe your loved ones needs, health issues, likes and dislikes
  • Ask candidate about their specific experience dealing with similar issues, hours of availability, driving experience and any special training they may have
  • Ask for positive proof of identity
  • Try to determine the candidates degree of concern and interest in dealing with the care your loved one needs
  • Invite them to ask questions about your loved one and the job

Check References:

  • Always call references. This will help you confirm your feelings about the candidate and may disclose important information that you missed.
  • Ask about punctuality and attendance as well as the precise nature of their work.
  • Ask if the candidate was warm and friendly and provided the needed care.

Consider hiring someone for a one-month trial period. Put your entire agreement in writing. Include information about the trial period, care duties, salary and schedule.

You should plan on being at your loved one’s house for the first few days to familiarize the new caregiver with the routine and to check on the comfort of your loved one.

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