My mother needs in-home care during the day. How should I best go about hiring a resource?

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For a period of approximately four to six weeks.

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SuzanB: Call your town's COA or Visiting Nurse Assn so that they can recommend a good short-term home health aide.
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Interview with a list of questions. I had a combination lock on my bedroom door to put personal things. I had cameras and a daily plan to follow. Its hard to find good people depending on the care needed, and on weekends. Good luck
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08/26/16... one thing to remember if you don't use an Agency but hire someone who is independent.... you will need to add a "workman's comp" rider to your homeowners insurance in case the caregiver becomes injured on the job.

For my Dad, I used an Agency because the Agency was licensed, bonded, insured, and had workman's comp for their employments. Plus background checks were done, same with driving records, and all the caregivers had current TB testing. Yes, they were more expensive.
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Also, FYI: I found I needed to reset my "preferences" when I returned to the site... Not sure if I make a mistake and not save my preferences or what.... (I am foggy brained after 9 years of caretaking.... that's my excuse!) Also, I clicked the "comfortable with pets" preference because I find people who love animals are usually good with old people too.. AND I have dogs....
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I don't know where you live, but maybe this site includes different cities in other states.. I got one month free and continue to use it because I've found MANY fantastic in-home caretakers who live close to my mother's house... I interviewed them, met with several, and have absolute confidence in those I got to know and TRIED to hire to look in on my mother. I emphasise "tried" because as wonderful and capable as the women are, my mother dismissed them all. THAT is another story and a common problem. However, I cannot say enough good about my experience finding help through this site. It has every precaution needed addressed... you can go see for yourself all about how it works. Also... and another great option is... if you find a few excellent helpers and get to know them, etc. etc. and you want to opt out of the s a go-between (which many folks want because of it's safety features, etc.), you can, like I have, choose to pay the helpers directly and it's between you and them. Work out whatever the hourly rate is, if you and they are okay with cash payment, etc. Now, if ONLY my mother would cooperate... because I'm burned out, utterly overwhelmed and underqualified to keep doing all of her medical, health, household, and banking isues all... by... myself... ! *SIGH* ... you can filter your search for specific "home care" individuals, female or male, the mile range you prefer for where a helper lives from the parent's home, the age group you're most comfortable with... the over 45+ was my preference as many of the older women are retired from a professional career, or retired nurses or widows with time and experience, etc. etc.) - Best of luck to you!
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If you have time, get suggestions from her doctor, or any neighbors, friends, coworkers, church friends that might have used a home care service. Then either look at their websites or call them to see what their rates are and then have one come out for an assessment and to sign the paperwork. If you could have them begin beforehand for just a few hours, it will help to "break the ice" so to speak. So that they will not be strangers. Tell the company that you want the same person each day or each shift, and I asked for a non-smoker for my house, because I'm sensitive to that scent. So if you have any requests like that, be sure to tell the person doing the assessment. Be honest about what the "duties" would be. A Home Care aide cannot give medicines, by the way. They can only remind the person to take them, so if you need someone to do that, you'll have to make other arrangements, or the service may have a nurse on staff. By going through a service, you are not responsible for their taxes or insurance and they are bonded and trained. I would still be sure to put away in a safe place anything of unreplaceable value or dangerous. Remember, too, that if the placement is not agreeable to you or your mother, they can be replaced.
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