Today Show: How To Shop for a Caregiver
Whether you need someone to look after your kids or care for an aging or ailing family member, choosing a Caregiver can be a complicated and stressful task. To help make things a little easier, Today Show asked experts to share their best advice for this process.
Today Show: What To Ask a Caregiver
“What you really want is to feel safe and secure,” said Dr Devi Nampiaparampil, an assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine. “You also want to know they’re really committed and motivated to do a great job.”
She suggested asking during the interview about how a potential caregiver would handle a difficult situation that came up. You can also observe how he or she interacts with family members.
Today Show: Advice from The Nanny Whisperer
What else do you need to find out about someone you want to hire? Tammy Gold is the author of the book Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer. She suggested asking a candidate to take you through every step of their day when they worked for a family similar to yours. That way you can find out a lot about how this person works and whether it will be a fit for your family’s lifestyle.
This can also give you an impression about whether they actually have the experience to back up what the resume says. Don’t be shy about probing deeper or asking follow-up questions.
Today Show: Background Check for Caregivers
Credentialed professional gerontologist Di Patterson said that a hugely important step in this process is doing your homework. Get a background check, track down references, and verify resume claims.
After that, it’s all about personality and preference. Older adults may want to have a say in terms of a personality match, since they will be spending the most time with a caregiver.
Today Show: How To Respond To Mistakes
What about the inevitable mistakes that people make during the course of the job? Dr Devi said that you should not let them gloss over a potentially dangerous situation. You want to know that the caregiver will take responsibility in a high-pressure situation.
“It’s how they respond to the mistake and the error that really tells you what kind of person they are,” Gold said.
Today Show: Caregiver Warning Signs
Once you do hire a caregiver, you still need to keep an eye out for warning signs. Fearfulness and Lethargy are red flags, according to Di. You may not be seeing abusive speech or behavior by your caregiver.
Lethargy could be a medical symptom, or it could be a sign of poor nutrition, hydration, or improper dispensing of medication. What other concerns do you have about finding a caregiver?