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5 Ways to Find the Best Professional Caregiver for Your Mom

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Valuable Tips from Senior Care Experts

As a family caregiver, you have a lot on your plate. On top of your job and your responsibilities with your spouse and kids, taking mom to appointments; making sure dad gets a nutritious dinner or helping Aunt Ethel keep her home clean, can leave you exhausted. Many caregivers take their responsibilities so seriously that they leave little room for a healthy life of their own. It may feel impossible to accomplish every chore and look out for yourself when you are caring for an aging loved one.

Receiving help is the best thing you can do to look after both yourself and your parent. If you do not have siblings or cousins to lend a hand, hiring professional assistance can be just the answer you are looking for. At Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke, we help the elderly keep their independence and offer home care arrangements tailored to meet various needs.

Find the Best In-Home Caregiver for Your Senior Loved One

Hiring a professional caregiver will save you a lot of time and frustration as long as you find the right one. Follow these steps to hire the best possible candidate to take excellent care of your loved one:

  1. Research Before You Hire: The first step to hiring help is to accept that you need it. Congratulations for making this smart decision! Next, you need to hire the right candidate as soon as possible but it’s important to not rush. Remember, looking for a professional caregiver who helps you the way you want can take a bit of time. Research trusted caregiver agencies who know how to provide care night and day through trained, compassionate staff.
  2. Vet Potential Agencies: Word-of-mouth referrals provide an excellent start to what may seem like an overwhelming task. However, not everyone’s experience is the same. Ask for certified credentials and verify that background checks are made for every person shortlisted. At Home Instead Senior Care, we require thorough background checks and a clean driving record for all caregivers on our team.
  3. All-Round Competence: It is easy to get caught up in the price of in-home care. Yet, like a three-legged stool, there are other pieces to consider in creating a stable caring foundation for your mom. Not only should you consider the financial aspect, but you should ensure the hired home care helper has the necessary skills and a compatible personality as well.
  4. Inform Family Members: When you consider hiring outside help, make sure you let others in the family know. Your sister or brother may offer useful insights that can help greatly. It is important for everyone to be on the same page and understand the services to be enlisted to share the responsibility constructively.
  5. Communicate with your Parent: Once your new caregiver has arrived, continue to reach out to your loved one and see how they are faring. It is critical that their needs are met with compassion and friendly service. Remind them to not leave valuables lying around and ask if they need assistance in paying bills. When you allow a stranger to walk into your mom’s home, it is important for the person to be honest and trustworthy.

Professional Senior Care Services You Can Trust

Alleviate your stress when you hire well trained in-home caregivers through us at Home Instead Senior Care. We serve you and your loved one from occasional respite care  to personalized 24-hour care so you can enjoy complete peace of mind. Our staff provides all the support your senior needs so you are rejuvenated and recharged to spend time in other valuable ways with them, such as enjoying  dinner together prepared by our caregiver.

Call us at (416) 239-2200 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Etobicoke area.


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