What To Look For While Hiring A Home Caregiver For The Elderly

What To Look For While Hiring A Home Caregiver For The Elderly

For the younger population, taking care of their elderly is a real challenge these days, because they cannot spend the entire day at home. This is when you can think about hiring home care providers, which look after the elderly. If you pay a little bit of attention while hiring a home care provider, you can avail multiple services for your elderly parents from a single provider. Here is a list of common services offered by elderly caregivers.

Nursing assistance for the elderly

Nursing assistance is the most basic service offered by an elderly home caregiver. The nursing services include noting down the temperature variation of the patient, monitoring the blood pressure level, administering medication, dealing with basic medical protocols, etc. Essentially, you must make sure that your homecare provider has got the necessary qualification to provide these services.

Watch out the eligibility criteria for nursing services providers in your locality and ensure that your prospective recruit complies with all the criteria.

Training the patients or elderly

Patients or the elderly need to be instructed about health issues and precautions that they should take to avoid an infection or things like that. And the right person who can offer these training or instructions to them is the care giver. Here too, you must ensure that the caregiver has the necessary knowledge about the different health related issues that affect the patient.

Taking care of the patient’s diet

Elderly people or patients should comply with a certain diet. The caregiver appointed to take care of the patient or the elderly should know very well about this and should be willing to prepare meals for the patient on the basis of the diet scheme.

Occasionally, the caregiver may have to stay away from the patient for his/her personal purposes, and during such occasions, it is the family members who have to take care of their elderly parents. So, he/she should train other family members about how to prepare meals on the specified diet for the patient as well.

The job of a home care giver is much demanding. First of all, they should be willing to dedicate time and skills for the service of the elderly. So, when you hire home care service providers, also ensure that the candidates for the post are well trained and experienced.

Brooke Sutton, President, RN

Brooke Sutton, owner of Sutton Home Care and a Springfield native, is a fully licensed Registered Nurse with over ten years experience in the healthcare field.

Brooke provides trusted home care services to numerous patients in the Springfield market which has earned her agency the reputation of being the premier home care agency in this area.
Brooke Sutton’s journey to the home care sector began while she was working as a Registered Nurse at Lakeland Behavioral Health.While at Lakeland, she learned and developed her skill working with psychiatric patients as well as patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. After Lakeland, Brooke worked as a Community Health Nurse for the Arc of the Ozarks providing home health care services to dual diagnosis patients living at home.Brooke has also worked in the Emergency Room setting which has given her the ability to recognize and communicate problems and potential issues before they arise.

Brooke and her husband Sean live in Springfield and have three children (Brett who is twelve, Karaline who is eight, and Henry who is four).Brooke is active in church and enjoys spending her free time at Table Rock Lake or with family and friends.

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