When people advertise that they are in-home care providers, how do you know if they are truly qualified? You need to make sure before you bring them into your loved one’s home. It begins with research, including referrals, years of experience, types of clients they have worked with (dementia, Alzheimer’s or just cantankerous), what backup plan they have if they become ill, etc. If this sounds time intensive, it can be.
One way to cut to the chase is to speak with an in-home care agency. Why? Because the caregivers who work for an agency typically are employees, and as such are insured, vetted, have years of experience and receive specialized and on-going training.
Whether you decide to hire through an agency or on your own, there are some qualities to look for in a caregiver. Here are some indicators we look for at when hiring caregivers.
Work Ethic. At Luxe Homecare we pride ourselves on helping our clients maintain their dignity, independence and quality of life through in-home care. We hire individuals whom we see as dedicated professionals that will take it upon themselves to arrive at a client’s home on time, perform their assigned tasks to the best of their ability, and keep records of all they do and leave the client’s home only after completing their tasks.
Compassion. We match our caregivers to clients. We not only take language and background into consideration but because we understand that trust must be built between caregiver and patient, we also pay attention to personality and temperament. Our goal is to create a mutually-respectful relationship that promotes kindness, empathy and companionship.
Reliability. Our caregivers know that if they are going to be late or cannot be at the client’s home due to illness, they must alert our office within a certain period of time so that we can execute our backup plan. We never want to leave your loved one without assistance.
Common Sense. Sometimes it’s not just what we know but how we apply it. We hire employees who display an ability to be flexible in their approach with clients and who can appropriately address unexpected issues or crises.
Experience. We only hire caregivers whose work history we can confirm by checking their references and speaking with past employers.
Clean Backgrounds. We perform background checks (personal, financial and criminal) on all our potential employees as we want to be confident that they meet our high standards.
Mobility. Our caregivers keep your parents or favorite aunt or uncle to remain mobile. That may include walking with them; taking them to their appointments; assisting with activities of daily living such as showering, bathing, dressing, grooming; planning and preparing meals; reminding them to take their medications; performing light housekeeping tasks; and being available to address questions from family members.
Using Luxe Homecare eliminates the need for you to interview a caregiver. We do it for you. As our employees, they also have worker’s compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, liability insurance and are bonded, saving you from having to provide insurance and taking care of taxes.
Contact Luxe Homecare today to find out how we can help your family maintain as much of the independence as possible while aging in place.
To find out how we Luxe Homecare can help, contact us at (310) 362-4882, email info@LuxeHC.com. We provide caregiving and home health services to individuals living in the greater Southern California area including Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Malibu, Newport Beach, Pacific Palisades, Riverside and Santa Monica.