Finding in-house Alzheimer’s help should not be an emotionally laden issue for the entire family. Tackling this need in an organized way, from evaluating to planning, is the key to making in-house Alzheimer’s help feasible. First, you should sit down and evaluate the needs of the family caregiver and the patient. From there creating a job list and a set of guidelines becomes easy to make and follow.
Identify Job Details
The second step entails identifying what the in-home Alzheimer’s help specific functions are, so create a job description. This can be the basic format for you and your in-home Alzheimer’s help, and will be beneficial to the patient to elimination confusion.
Intimate details such as dressing the patient, bathing, and eating need to be addressed so as not to disrespect the patient. The duties of grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and laundry are simple enough to assign out without much trouble. Health details from going to medical check-ups and following medical routine are very important, as is the emotional well being of the patient, such as socializing and need for companionship.
What Kind of Person Should You Look For?
Some qualifications you may require the in-home Alzheimer’s help to have are: certified health care worker (BSBA Nursing or LVN), licensed driver, experienced in operating special equipment, and experienced in handling patients with Alzheimer’s disease
Consider asking for referrals at churches, senior centers, assisted living centers, social work programs, and nursing homes. Better yet, seek the recommendations of relatives, friends, and business associates on finding qualified in-home Alzheimer’s help.
Interviewing for the In-Home Alzheimer’s Help Position
The first step is to conduct a preliminary screening by checking out the applications sent to you. When you have weeded down the number of qualified in-home Alzheimer’s help applicants, this is the point where a phone interview can further narrow the field down.
Some Questions you should considering asking the applicants include:
* Who were your patients?
* Can you provide names of the patients, their numbers, and addresses?
* What did your duties consist of?
* What was your daily schedule?
* What were your responsibilities?
* Did you carry the person to and from the car?
* Did you perform unusual duties or acquire experiences handling special medical equipment?
* How you feel about caring for people with brain disorders?
* Do you own a drivers’ license?
Perhaps the best advice you should come away with is to conduct the search for in-home Alzheimer’s help in a businesslike manner. You will get the best-qualified help in caring for your family.