Tips for How to Choose a Caregiver
When beginning to learn about Los Angeles in home care services, many people ask me how to choose a caregiver. I have lots of thoughts on how to best choose a caregiver in Los Angeles, and it’s our pleasure to share our experiences with you! We are sure you are just as busy and your life just as hectic as can be – so I will be short and to the point and share with you what we have found to be the most important tips as you consider a provider of Los Angeles home care services.
It may surprise you that much of what we focus on here is the soft intangibles of personality. I can’t say enough how important these are! I hope that you will trust our experience as we have worked with many families across a wide variety of cultural, religious, and socio-economic lines to place great caregivers in Los Angeles. Here are some helpful pointers that are important in all cases when choosing a caregiver Los Angeles for yourself or your loved one:
Choosing A Caregiver: Technical Skills
Not surprisingly, many in home care services skills are an important factor in choosing a Los Angeles caregiver. But you might be surprised that technical skills only account for one of the areas we focus on. After all, it’s a “yes” or “no” answer. Does the potential caregiver possess the necessary skills for your unique situation? One thing we’ve learned is that no two clients are alike and each has different needs. What specific skills do you require? Can you caregiver change an occupied bed? Does the caregiver have training and experience operating a hoyer lift or transferring a client from bed to wheelchair? Does the caregiver understand personal hygiene? Los Angeles home care agencies can be very helpful in screening candidates and assessing such skills.
Under no circumstance would I recommend forgoing formal training; at A Better Way In Home Care, we introduce professional caregivers with experience and proper training. Although hands-on experience is important, our screening process ensures total client satisfaction and is the foundation for our success.
Choosing A Caregiver: Self-awareness
I can’t stress how important it is to know (and accept) the personality that works best for your loved one and any family members that will be involved when you choose the best Los Angeles caregiver. Is your loved one talkative? Shy? Likes to laugh? Do they like things a certain way (regardless if it makes sense to you whether or not that lamp shade needs to be at the exact angle that they want)? Do they like to read or go for walks?
Whatever their traits are – good and bad – be aware of them and try to find a caregiver that will complement these. If Mom is a neat freak, then find a caregiver that is just as particular and it will be a match made in heaven!
Choosing A Caregiver: Take Your Time
If you are looking to hire a caregiver privately, be prepared to devote a lot of time in the beginning for the process to be successful. Finding the right professional Los Angeles caregiver can be a daunting task, and you will most likely need to interview a lot of candidates to identify one that you want to try out. Working with a Los Angeles Caregiving agency can greatly reduce the time needed to identify quality caregivers, because an agency should have a team of diverse candidates to match with each client’s unique requirements.
This might help give you an idea of the time commitment that is potentially necessary to find a good match – at A Better Way In Home Care we place less than 5% of all applicants that we interview, if you like them, but a much lower percentage of all that apply. It’s a numbers game you have to interview and screen a lot of candidates to find the best!
Choosing A Caregiver: Trust Your Gut
They say that first impressions matter – you make a decision on someone in five seconds. Well that holds just as true when choosing a caregiver. If your loved one isn’t getting along with the in home caregiver Los Angeles you’ve selected, or if your gut says “no,” then trust that instinct. In the long run, forcing a relationship isn’t going to work and will make everyone – both loved one and caregiver – resentful and miserable. Make certain you find that perfect match. It will be more work now, but will pay dividends in the long run!
Choosing a caregiver to provide you or your loved one with Los Angeles in-home care services can be a very daunting task. At A Better Way In Home Care we strive to match each of our clients with the best caregiver (or caregivers), based on both needs and personality. Call our friendly staff today for a free consultation and get all of your questions answered. We can be reached at: (323) 650-2211.