In-home caregivers are very much a part of the caregiving picture. Whether part-time, full-time, or just occasionally, there are a number of different sources. But when you need help and need to hire someone, you should know your options.
This article from Today’s Caregiver [Hiring an In-Home Caregiver: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You] gives a great place to start. It gives an overview of the different types of services, as well as explains different hiring options. It opens your eyes to what you need to know to avoid problems, especially when you are trying to save money by hiring someone directly.
Even in the throws of a situation when you are in a hurry to get help, it’s important to be prepared. Take a minute to review the details you may not be thinking of, like what is the cancellation policy in case the situation changes. Take the time to you are protected against unforeseen circumstances. I’m not suggesting you approach with pessimism, but that being prepared and informed will make your life easier in the long run.
May your caregiving situation be as smooth as possible.