It’s estimated that in 2021, over 50% of those aged 65 will require some form of long-term care during their lifetime. They’ll need help with some or all of the activities of daily living: eating, bathing, dressing, moving from one place to another, and using the bathroom. It’s not something anyone looks forward to, but we’re living longer than we ever have, and most of us will need some assistance in our later years.

Finding the proper care for your loved one can be a daunting task. Unless you can get a referral from someone who’s already researched selecting the right caregiver or agency that provides caregivers to families, you’ll need to invest some time finding the right match for your loved one.

To assist you, here are five tips for finding a caregiver that will meet the needs of your family member.

1. Understand your loved one’s needs.

How much care do they need physically and emotionally? What type of personality would mesh well with theirs – are they an introvert or an extrovert? Probably no one knows your loved one as well as you, which gives you a good head start and a firm foundation for your search.

2. Understand what’s financially possible.

This aspect can sometimes be a bit sensitive for your loved one, who may not have shared information about their financial situation or insurance in the past. You’ll need to analyze what you can do financially and build their care around that.

3. Involve the whole family – including your loved one.

There’s no need to carry the burden of finding the right care for your loved one by yourself if you have family members willing to help. Get them involved early in the process and involve your loved one. Their input can be very valuable in your search.

4. Decide whether to use an agency or hire privately.