There won’t be many occasions in your life when you’re faced with a more difficult decision. But help is available.
If you’re looking for non-medical assistance, your Area Agency on Aging; Department on Aging, Social and Rehabilitation Services; or Alzheimer’s Association can be excellent resources. These agencies can provide you with non-medical personnel such as sitters, homemakers, or aides.
Skilled care, however, is a different ballgame. Your loved one’s doctor should be involved in setting up these services, particularly if physical or occupational therapy or nursing is required.
Or, you can play it down the middle. Certified Nurse Aides can assist with dressing, bathing, meals, and medications, and many have worked with Alzheimer’s patients. Make sure they’re certified in CPR…and ask to see the certification.
You can also hire an individual on your own. Your Alzheimer’s Association keeps a list of independent caregivers. They won’t recommend specific people. But they can, however, provide you with feedback they’ve received.
You may also be able to get recommendations on individuals or agencies from local support groups.
If you’re the “hiring manager,” act like one. Use application forms (which can be purchased at any office supply store). Verify ID’s. Do background checks. Get resumes. Get references. Make sure you keep copies of the documents of anyone you hire. And treat the relationship like an employer-employee relationship – because that’s exactly what it is!
Interview a number of applicants…and be sure to include your loved one in the process. You should be able to tell if she’s feeling uncomfortable, or if the interaction is not really clicking.
In some states, hiring an in-home caregiver can disqualify you from Medicaid. So, if you’re not sure about what you’re doing, consult an Elder Law attorney.
At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we’re Elder Law attorneys. And, every day, we work with families looking for quality care for their loved ones.
Over the past 33 years, we’ve walked thousands of South Florida families through the Elder Law Journey, with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset-protection plans, and assistance with Medicaid and the VA.
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