With my mother’s Alzheimer Disease diagnosis, one of the many items that myself and my family had to take care of for my mom was to hire a caregiver. Even though she lives in an assisted living facility, she still needed to have an additional part-time caregiver. Any time the facility takes an outing, my mom requires extra attention, which the staff, at the facility, is not capable of handling. In addition, our caregiver takes my mom on several outings a week. I think these outings are what’s keeping my mom going. A change of scenery seems to work magic for my mom. I feel we are very fortunate to have found a wonderful caregiver and would like to share information about how you can make sure you find an excellent caregiver for a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Get a referral from a trusted source
If your family member lives in an assisted living facility, check with them first and see if they have a caregiver to recommend. This is how we were able to connect with the caregiver that we currently use. Also, check with your local senior citizens agencies to see if they have a service or an individual they can refer to you.
Meet the potential caregivers
After you have had your referrals, meet with the caregivers and have the Alzheimer’s patient who they are going to help with meet the caregivers too. It’s important to be sure that the Alzheimer’s patient likes the caregiver, if they don’t, it will not be a good fit. I know from experience, that if my mom doesn’t like someone, such as a doctor, she’ll clam up, and make things very difficult.
After you have narrowed down your search, it’s important to check references. I know this sounds obvious and really a common sense thing, but it’s more important than ever these days to make sure a person is who they say they are. It’s unfortunate, but not every caregiver you meet will be looking out for an Alzheimer patient’s best interests.
Find out about fees
Before you hire a caregiver, it’s very important that you have a fee arrangement set up and find out how often you will need to pay for these services. For example, will you pay monthly? Will you prepay for a certain amount of time each month. All of this information is very important to know upfront, so nobody is confused as to when and how much payment is due.
Communication between the family members and the caregiver
Another consideration before hiring a caregiver is to make sure they are accessible to communicate with. For example, if my mom is having a bad day, I can call and communicate this to the caregiver, so she will know what to expect on a visit. In addition, the reverse is also true. It’s important that the caregiver knows that the family of the Alzheimer’s patient is accessible to speak with if the caregiver has any concerns about the Alzheimer’s patient.
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