Realities of Finding a Home Caregiver

Old woman being assistedWhen someone in the family reaches the point where constant care and companionship is necessary, seeking professional homecare help is often a choice that people make. More than the flexibility that it gives, having someone to constantly care for your aging parent also adds a sense of ease and security.

In home senior care in Oak Ridge is no different. However, expectations from one household to another varies. It is important to discuss such expectations before you hire someone. Along with those expectations, here are some realities that you must be familiar with to make the evaluation easier:


No one can and is supposed to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; not even caregivers. They also have their own personal lives and need rest and nourishment to get their bodies moving. Arranging and respecting the agreed upon schedule is something that both parties should do.

Background checks

Checks are conducted by agencies before they recommend a caregiver. However, it wouldn’t hurt to conduct your own clearance check to make sure you are hiring the right person for the job.

Policies and protocol

Your agency will have a standard procedure to follow depending on the situation. Make sure you are familiar with it. It is also important to inform the caregiver and the agency about your preferences and your family’s home policies. Doing so will allow the caregiver to know what to do to meet your (reasonable) expectations.

Gut instinct

Always follow your gut instinct. If you feel like the recommended caretaker won’t be able to fulfill his or her job well, then contact the agency and ask for a replacement. Sometimes, going with your gut instinct helps.

Balancing your expectations and the reality when choosing a caregiver is difficult, but it’s something you must do to find the right one. After all, your loved one’s health and safety are at stake.