You and your aging parent have decided that aging in place is their best option; they need some assistance, but moving into a facility isn’t warranted. You’re able to help with some of their basic care, but you can’t be there as much as you’d like. You’ve decided to hire a caregiver, but where do you begin? This is a scenario that many children are faced with as their parents get older. But, unfortunately, they often don’t have experience interviewing and hiring people, they aren’t familiar with employment laws, and they’re not sure what qualities and experience they should be looking for in the person they hire. If you find yourself at this stage of caring for your parent, here are some tips to help you hire the right caregiver.

Decide what type of care your parent needs

You know that Mom or Dad needs assistance at home, but before you can hire a caregiver, you need to let individual candidates or agencies know how much and what kind of care your parent needs.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you uncover their needs and be able to let potential caregivers know what their responsibilities will be:

  • Does your parent need help with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, eating, or using the restroom?
  • Do they need transportation?
  • Can they move independently, or do they need to be lifted?
  • Do they need help with housekeeping? If so, which tasks?
  • Does your parent have pets to care for?
  • Is your loved one experiencing dementia or cognitive decline?
  • Do they need companionship?
  • Do they need medical care?

Write out a job description with requirements

Based on the questions you’ve just answered, compose a job description you can share with independent aides or agencies. Agencies like ours, Seniors Prefer Homecare, can guide you through this process and provide you with additional questions.

The Family Caregiving Alliance (FCA) suggest