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Hiring the Right Caregiver for an Aging Loved One begins by Gathering Information and Knowledge

Caregiver in Sun Lakes AZ

When people first begin talking about hiring a caregiver for an elderly or disabled loved one, they might not know very much about the process. For the most part, people don’t know a tremendous amount Caregiver in Sun Lakes AZabout various workers and even opportunities until they need to rely on them personally.

That means these individuals very likely might not know a great deal about the benefits of professional home care providers. They might not know the type of services they offer, the support they can provide, companionship, transportation services, and much more.

Before sitting down with the elderly loved one to discuss the prospect of hiring a professional caregiver, especially finding the ‘right’ caregiver, it’s important that family members gather as much information and make themselves as knowledgeable as possible about these particular workers.

The basics of professional caregivers.

There are essentially two different types of caregivers you could hire as home care aides for an elderly or disabled loved one. One is an independent contractor and another would be hired through an agency.

An independent contractor is a caregiver who works on his or her own. This is an individual who can be hired directly by the family, but it would be up to the family to determine his or her actual experience, reliability, honesty, integrity, and much more.  These independent caregivers could be found through websites, classified ads, and even friends and family members.

Other in-home care providers hired through agencies would be employees of that agency. The family would deal with the agency, which would carefully interview and potentially even conduct their own background checks on all potential employees. Going through an interview process, background check, and potentially even certification depending on the laws in the elderly client’s state helps to ensure that those caregivers are honest and reliable and will be the best to work with the aging client.

The types of services home care aides offer.

The most common type of caregiver is referred to as a home care aide. These individuals will come to the elderly client’s home to assist with a variety of basic tasks. These can include assistance with bathing, dressing, helping them do laundry and prepare meals, driving them to doctor’s appointments and the store, and much more.  Having that level of assistance on a regular basis can encourage the senior to get out and become more involved in life once again.

Hiring the right caregiver can make a world of difference, so make sure you take the time to gather as much information and knowledge about the various services and types of caregivers your loved one could use.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregiver services in Sun Lakes, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.