Caregivers need to be patient, kind and able to communicate. They should also have a strong work ethic and be trustworthy. In addition to these qualities, caregivers should be able to handle household chores, cook meals, and run errands for the person in their care. Caregivers should always be respectful of the care recipient’s personal space and privacy. They should not make a care receiver feel like a prisoner or a burden. The caregiver should also be aware of the person’s preferences and dislikes and respect those.
The best way to find a caregiver near me is to contact a home health agency that can match you with the right person for your family. However, many agencies have a lengthy list of applicants and can take weeks or months to interview and hire someone.
You can also place an ad in the newspaper or online to look for private caregivers. It will be important to screen each applicant carefully and check references and credentials. In addition, you will need to provide training and handling of essential paperwork such as contracts and hiring.
For help finding resources in your area, visit NYC Caregiver and search for your local Family Caregiver Support Program or SNAP (Services Now for Adult Persons). You may also want to check out the National Institute on Aging website for Alzheimer’s Research Centers and support groups. If you’re a home health agency looking for caregivers, consider participating in local community events and senior centers. These events will give you visibility, establish your agency as service-oriented and allow you to talk directly to potential employees.