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A guide to hiring an in-home caregiver for aging in place

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2023 | Elder Law

As New York residents get older, it is common for many of them to need additional assistance with daily tasks and activities. Many seniors choose to age in place, meaning that they elect to remain in their own homes, rather than moving to a nursing home or an assisted living facility. In-home caregivers can be a valuable resource for older adults who wish to remain independent but require some assistance, provided you or a loved one address a few concerns.

Assess your needs

Consider what tasks the caregiver will need to perform, such as assistance with bathing, dressing, medication management and meal preparation. Also, think about the amount of care required, such as whether it is a full-time or part-time position.

Determine your budget

The cost of in-home care can vary depending on the level of care required and the location. Determining your budget and understanding what services are covered by insurance or other programs will allow you to choose the right option.

Research caregiver agencies

There are many agencies that provide in-home caregivers for aging in place. Research the agencies in your area and make sure to ask for references from friends, family or healthcare professionals. Look for an agency that is licensed, bonded and insured, with a good reputation.

Interview caregivers

When selecting a caregiver, interviewing candidates and asking for references is an essential step. Consider the caregiver’s experience, qualifications and personality and choose someone who is a good fit for the individual receiving care.

Create a care plan

Work with the caregiver agency and the individual receiving assistance to create a care plan. This plan should outline the tasks the caregiver will perform and the schedule for care. It should also include emergency contact information and any special instructions.

Monitor care

Monitoring the care provided by the caregiver will ensure that the individual’s needs are met. This can include periodic check-ins with the caregiver, as well as feedback from the care recipient and their family members. Knowledge of this aspect of elder law can help family members safeguard the senior citizen’s well-being and rights.

Make adjustments as needed

As the individual’s needs and health status change, it may be necessary to make adjustments to the care plan or the caregiver’s responsibilities. Be flexible in making changes as needed to ensure that life changes do not reduce the quality the older individual receives.

Aging in place may be worth considering

Hiring an in-home caregiver can be a valuable resource for older adults who wish to remain independent but require some assistance in their daily lives. While the practice can hold drawbacks, it may be preferred by many over staying at an assisted care facility, away from family, friends and the familiar home environment.