When Hiring In-Home Care Ask Questions to Determine a Good Fit
Dear Carol: I’m the sole caregiver for my mom who lives about 20 minutes away from me. I can’t quit working to be with her and she’s adamant about staying in her condo rather than moving to assisted living. I understand why she wants this, and to be realistic, she doesn’t need constant care. What she needs, for now, is help with light housekeeping and companionship, but the ideal caregiving arrangement would include taking her shopping and accompanying her to routine appointments. There are several local agencies and I’d like to interview a few, but I don’t know what questions to ask. Can you give me some guidance? – GL
Dear GL: You’re honoring your mom’s wishes as well as thinking ahead which bodes well for her future care. It sounds as if in-home care would be a great fit for her. As for the process, not all agencies provide the same services, so I’d suggest that you write a list of priorities. Be prepared with a notebook so you can compare agencies after you’ve made some calls. Most agencies…
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