You may be at the point in your life where it is not your parent taking care of you, but you are taking care of your parent. It can be a lot of pressure to be responsible for your parent as they age, which is why many people look in to full-time care. You, and your parent, may not want to consider moving them from their current living conditions, which is why hiring a caregiver is a suitable alternative.
Caregivers, also known as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), need to complete 75 hours of nursing assistant training, have a CPR certification and a clean background check before providing care to any individual. All of these qualifications are to help you sleep better at night, knowing your loved ones are in the hands of someone with experience.
Not all caregivers provide the same type of care. Before deciding to hire a caregiver for your loved one, you will want to consider what skills they can provide as well as what you and your parent will want them to help with. Knowing these will help you be able to choose the best caregiver for your mother or father.
What can a caregiver provide?
There are two main types of caregivers, full-time and part-time. The former is exactly what it sounds like; your parents live with their caregiver, receiving care around the clock. Part-time caregivers are around only when needed, as the care that they are not around for is given by a loved one. For example, you may choose a part-time caregiver if you plan to have them care for your parent during the day, and you will resume care when you return from work.
Whether full-time or part-time, these are some of the tasks that caregivers provide:
- Personal care: Whoever you choose will assist your parent with their personal needs, such as going to the bathroom, bathing, dressing and helping with meals.
- Household care: If your parent needs full/part time care, it is likely that they have trouble with caring for their home. Caregivers can help them with laundry and other necessities around the house.
- Medical care: Your parent likely takes medication, and a caregiver can help monitor this, making sure it is taken in the correct dosage and at the right time.
- Other: Caregivers can provide transportation to and from activities as well as be a general presence in your parent’s life.
How do you know which caregiver to choose?
There are a lot of options in caregivers, so it is best to prioritize what your loved one’s needs are. An easy way to do this is to go through their daily routine and needs. Will they need full time care or part time? Is a wheelchair accessible vehicle necessary? Are there regular appointments that your parent must be at? Does your parent need help making meals? Asking yourself, and your parent, these questions will help you narrow down the best person to care for your loved one.