Older adults often need help with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, cooking, and cleaning. It may be difficult for their children to provide the level of assistance that is needed if they have their own jobs and families. In-home personal care services can help with these tasks and more.
If you need to hire a caregiver for your parent in Connecticut, you have two choices: you can go through an agency or hire someone on your own. Hiring a caregiver yourself might save you some money, but it carries with it the potential for headaches. You will need to vet applicants for the position, something with which you are probably not familiar if you have never hired an aide before.
Depending on where you live and your situation, you may be responsible for paying the person, making sure taxes are withheld, and filing any necessary paperwork. You will probably need to hire several people so you will have backup caregivers in case the primary one becomes sick or unavailable. This can be a lot of work for you, in addition to the stress you are already under from caring for your parent.
Hiring a caregiver through an agency in Connecticut means you won’t have to handle all of these things yourself. The agency will take care of screening, hiring, and payroll. They will make sure that the caregiver holds any necessary certification and receives the training necessary to maintain certification. The agency will check the caregiver’s education, employment experience, and references and will conduct a background check to find out if he or she has a criminal record. Caregivers are required to pass a physical and to get an annual flu shot.
It is important to communicate your needs and wishes to the agency. Let them know what activities and tasks are challenging for your parent, as well as any medical conditions or special needs he or she has. Talk about your parent as an individual to give them a sense of who he or she is so they can find the best caregiver.
You should ask questions of the agency, such as what types of special training the caregiver has received and whether he or she has experience helping people with a specific medical or mental condition that your parent has. Ask about the caregiver’s prior work experience and references.
Dependable Care in Connecticut employs a team of trained and compassionate caregivers who understand the needs of senior citizens. A caregiver can help your parent with daily activities and provide supportive companionship to keep your parent engaged in the community. Contact us today to learn more about how our services can help your family.