You always want to give your loved one the best care possible. And if you can’t be there when needed, you want to hire a caregiver that will do just as good of a job as you would.
Finding the right person to hire can feel like an overwhelming decision, especially because finding the right home care agency and thus finding the right caregiver match in Pennsylvania can be daunting. The entire process for both participants and their loved ones can feel both challenging and confusing.
In this guide, we walk you through the top tips on how to find a CareGiver, so you can feel confident knowing your loved one will be properly taken care of.
Tips for How to Find a CareGiver
1. Identify What You Need
Home care needs can vary quite drastically from patient to patient. The level of care you need can depend on how functional and independent your loved one is, your schedule, and many more variables. You’ll want to start by creating a comprehensive list of all your loved one’s needs. Some things to consider are:
Do they need help around the house with cooking and cleaning?
Do they need help with self-care such as grooming, showering, toileting, dressing, medication monitoring, and more?
Would you like your loved one to be taken on recreational activities, such as shopping, walks, etc.?
How many hours a day and days per week do they need assistance?
Does your loved one need someone trained with specific skills due to their physical and/or mental health conditions?
As you go through your potential agency and caregiver selections, this list will naturally start to exclude some options. You’ll begin to gain clarity on what type of home care you need, what skills, how often, and more as your work with your selected agency and, if applicable, your loved one’s care manager/service coordinator.
2. Look at Reviews
Looking at reviews might be one of the most critical steps in helping you to find a reputable and dependable home care agency. The CareGiver your home care provider ultimately assigns to your loved one’s case will be spending a lot of time with them, so you want to ensure you select an agency that employs CareGivers who are qualified and compassionate in what they do. Before you select an agency, always look at reviews for the company online. Read through a handful of reviews and see if any trends come up as you average out the star ratings. You can find online reviews everywhere from a home care agency’s Facebook page to Google to Yelp.
You can also ask home care providers to share a customer reference with you. This will allow you to speak to a real person and understand how their experience has been to date.
3. Evaluate Pricing
The next step in the process, unless your loved one is on one of Pennsylvania’s Home and Community Based Services Waiver Programs, is to evaluate pricing. Ultimately, you don’t want to waste your time considering options that are outside of your budget. First, do some research to understand what the average price for private pay home care is in your area. This will help you build a budget and plan how many hours or days of service you can afford. Next, start asking for quotes from your top contenders. Pricing alone might quickly scale back your options, making the selection process a bit easier.
Additionally, if you’re worried about costs, and you think your loved one may quality for one of the waivers mentioned above, do some research into what kind of coverage your loved one might qualify for. For example, CareGivers America accepts The Community Health Choices Waiver for qualifying Pennsylvania participants.
4. Conduct Interviews
You should always conduct an interview with the agency, and, if possible, the potential CareGiver. An additional tip is to include your loved one in the interview process. This serves two purposes: it allows them to feel involved and lets you see how the candidate gets along with your loved one. Come to this meet and greet prepared to ask the hard questions, like their level of experience, if they’re comfortable with all the tasks your loved one needs, how they handle problems, and more.
5. Hire & Check-In
When you feel fully comfortable with both your home care agency and their caregiver selection, it’s time to make your choice. Monitor your loved one’s mood in the first few weeks, and don’t forget to check in with them. Ask if they are getting along with their caregiver and if they’re happy with the match. Remember that this doesn’t have to be a forever decision. If you’re unhappy with the quality of service or the compatibility, you can always make a switch by simply reaching out to your agency’s local office and their team of Care Coordinators. CareGivers America is dedicated to having a local field office, staffed by local residents, in almost all regions of Pennsylvania, no matter how big the agency continues to get!
Now that you know how to find a caregiver, it’s time to start looking over your caregiver selections. Caregivers America is a long-established and trusted Pennsylvania home care agency that provides families with reliable CareGivers for senior citizens and those who are experiencing disabilities. You can trust us to find the right fit for your home that will help your loved one in any way needed. We have caregivers throughout Philadelphia, Lackawanna County, Lancaster County, Lycoming County, and in most counties in PA!
And, if you’re a passionate caregiver, you can now start a rewarding career with Caregivers America. We’re currently hiring for many positions, offering employees a flexible schedule, 401K plan, paid time off, next day pay, and more. Find out more about becoming one of our Pennsylvania CareGivers by contacting us or applying today.