Getting Caregiver Help

Cenetta Lee

If you’re like many people in your situation, you may initially think you can care for an ailing loved one alone. And perhaps you can . . . for a little while. But eventually, you may find that caregiving—often a “24/7″ responsibility—is stressing you out and leaving you with little time for yourself. Over time, you may become more impatient or your irritability quotient may skyrocket. And should this happen, that’s your cue that you need help!

Your first step toward getting help is to decide what kind of assistance you need. For example, do you need someone to bathe and dress your relative and change the bedding? Do you need help with laundry and cooking? Does your loved one need a companion?

Next, you’ll need to find a pool of qualified homecare workers or certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to interview. Ask your network—family doctor, nurses, church members, friends—if they know of any reputable CNA programs or homecare agencies.

Once you have a list of candidates, ask them questions designed to assess their skills, personality and work ethic. You and your loved one need to feel confident, to the best of your ability, that the person you hire is cooperative, reliable and responsible.

For more details on finding a caregiver, click this link:
AGIS: Assist Guide Information Services

Remember, these suggestions are offered to assist you in finding and hiring a homecare worker. You’ll need to adapt them to fit the needs of your situation. Good luck!