Not many people have prior experience hiring home care support services. They may only become aware of these services when a loved one is having difficulty at home. Trying to figure out what to look for in a home care aide is not always easy, but below are four traits, or characteristics, that one should consider seeking out in an experienced home care aide through an agency.
Trait #1: Experience.
Nothing is more valuable than experience when it comes to providing support and care for elderly and disabled adults. If a home care aide has experience working with other elderly clients, they will likely have numerous strategies that can be highly effective at not just motivating their client to get moving and pursuing certain activities that are important to them, but also anticipating potential challenges that could lead to safety related concerns.
Trait #2: Compassion.
People who do this type of work should have a great deal of compassion for their clients. If they don’t, if they are only doing this for a paycheck, then they will likely burnout before long. How do we find out if a home care aide has compassion? Seeing how long they’ve been doing this is one indicator.
Also, finding out what motivated them to take on this job in the first place can give a great deal of insight into their level of true compassion.
Trait #3: Honesty.
While home care support services sometimes makes it into the news media for negative stories, the vast majority of these caregivers are honest and dependable men and women. It’s difficult to determine the honesty of somebody who may be deceiving others, but if they’ve been doing this work for a long time, working for an agency that carefully interviews their potential employees and runs background checks on them can give some indication of honesty and integrity.
Trait #4: Diligence.
Being diligent is essential to quality care. If somebody’s not diligent, if they don’t pay attention to details about safety, support, and what the senior would like to do, it may not be the optimal level of support and assistance he or she deserves.
When looking for a home care aide or other options, make sure you ask questions. Make sure the senior is included in the process. If you follow these simple bits of advice, you should be able to find the ideal caregiver for this loved one who needs help.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Katy, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.
He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.
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