Choosing a Professional Caregiver, either for yourself or your loved one, may be the most difficult thing you’ll ever do.
Let’s start with Trust & Companionship
What Questions should you ask a potential Caregiver?
What Questions are you allowed to ask?
Your Professional Caregiver Agency should act as your guide through all of the complicated financial options, care requirements and regulations, available services, and so forth. Those things are important, but they can wait. To really understand your own needs from your Caregiver, you should feel at ease and comfortable in a safe space to talk about the hard things. Things like dignity and incontinence, the effects of Dementia or restricted mobility, depression and the effects of change on mental wellbeing, bouts of sadness – and things that bring joy and relief, help with memory or improve mood.
So let’s talk about you for a bit…Remember, this isn’t about schedules and lists – it’s aboutQuality of life.
- Are you outgoing or more reserved?
- Are you a morning person or more energetic in the evening? I / My loved one does best in the (morning/afternoon/evening) – would you be willing to plan my/his/her favorite activities for that time?
- Tell me about a time when you were caregiving for a client with (Dementia/Parkinson’s/Alzheimer’s, etc), and the situation escalated. How did you handle it?
- Have you ever cared for a family member? What was that like?
- What are some of your favorite hobbies or activities? How do you think you could incorporate that into my/his/her care?
- How often will you review and update my/his/her care plan?
- What is your policy for communicating with family members?
- What is your experience with clients who suffer from (decreased mobility/Dementia/Parkinson’s/Alzheimer’s, etc)
- Tell me honestly how you got into Caregiving, and what keeps you in this profession?
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