Cindy’s dad Rick was persistent in letting her know that there would be no nursing homes or assisted living facilities in his life. Yet it was clear that Rick would need a lot of help to stay at home. Much more than Cindy and her four legged friends could provide. At, 86, Rick had become very unsteady on his feet, has fallen several times, is diabetic, and had never been one to cook or clean.
At, 86, Rick had become very unsteady on his feet, has fallen several times, is diabetic, and had never been one to cook or clean.
“My dad is a retired chef, and let me tell you, he’s a stubborn patient,” explains Cindy, who is the caregiver for her dad. “There was no way my father and I could do it alone for long”
“Opening up our home and entrusting someone to take care of him is a big step, and one that we took with caution,” Cindy stated.
Here are tips for hiring an in-home health care provider.
1.) Credentials & Licensing. Does the candidate have experience, relevant training or other credentials? Are they Red Cross certified in CPR and First Aid? Do they have any health care training in nursing?
2.) Background checks. It is extremely important to run a background check on potential hires, whether going with an agency or the individual.
3.) References. Ask for more references than offered and call them.
4.) Immigration status. We’ve all read the headlines. Even prominent citizens can get in trouble for hiring an illegal immigrant. Request proper documentation using an I9 form.
5.) Get a signed contract.
Hiring an in-home health care provider is a sensitive process that requires a little thought. Contact Home Health CC for a free consultation to learn home we can coordinate in-home skilled nursing care for your loved ones.