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3 Things to Do When Hiring a Home Care Aide

Home Care for Seniors in Hamilton NJ

Coming to the decision that hiring a home care aide would be the best thing for an elderly loved one may not be easy. It’s absolutely essential, though, that the senior consents to this.

Home Care for Seniors in Hamilton NJFar too many family members take it upon themselves to make these decisions. They see safety issues or other challenges their loved one is facing and assume they know what’s best. It’s probably a great idea to hire a home care aide, but you always need to respect that senior’s ability to make decisions for herself or himself.

Once the senior consents to hiring a home care aide, here are three things you’ll want to do when beginning this process.

1. Hire through an agency.

You will have the option of hiring an independent caregiver or an aide through an agency. It’s always best to hire through an agency for more than just one reason. First, when you hire through an agency, most of these agencies today will carefully interview and check references and work history. They may even run a background check on each potential employee.

Also, if the caregiver is sick and you hired independently, there will not be a backup. Through an agency, there will be other aides who can help out in situations such as this.

2. Be diligent and ask questions if you have them.

Most people have very little experience with home care support services. If you have questions, which you probably do, be sure to ask them when you’re going through the hiring process.

Also be sure to sit down with this elderly individual and find out what he or she may need to know to help them feel comfortable with this decision.

3. Include the senior in the process.

It’s okay to help out, but try to avoid taking over, especially with something so important as home care support services. Be sure to include the senior in the entire process.

This includes discussing agencies or independent caregivers, when you contact agencies and sit down with an administrator to ask questions, or when you go about interviewing potential caregivers.

The senior should have input in the process. When he or she does, it’s going to be much more comfortable for him or her when that caregiver shows up for the first day of work.

Home care is a great asset for many reasons; when you hire a home care aide carefully, you increase the chances of success in that professional relationship.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care in Hamilton, NJ or the surrounding areas, please call Independence Home Care today at 609-208-1111 for more information.

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Teresa Sajkowski, RN BSN CHPN

Trust Owners Teresa & Vincent Sajkowski with all of your home care needs. Independence Home Care was founded in 2010 by Teresa, Vincent and their family who have a combined total of over 75 years of professional Home Care experience. Together we have created Independence Home Care to improve Home Health Care and to allow our clients to remain Independent in the privacy and comfort of their own home.

With the owners of the company directly involved in the care for our clients, we provide a more compassionate hands-on-approach. We pride ourselves on hard work, honesty, and communication. Independence Home Care is truly unique in the services we provide when compared to other franchised and big business organizations.

Independence Home Care is one of New Jersey’s largest non-franchised, family owned home care agency.

We promote health and independence for all our clients while offering support and respite for their loved ones. We understand the need for independence and importance of meeting this basic need. Our caregiver’s can provide you with the quality of life you deserve.

We not only provide you with a carefully selected caregiver to match you or your loved one, we also continue to be involved and provide specific additional care without any extra costs, such as Registered Nurse Case Supervision, 24-hour On-Call, and Specialized Alzheimer and Dementia training and much, much more.

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