For a number of reasons, you might find yourself too busy to check on your elderly parents every day. However, that does not mean that you do not worry about them – especially if they are quite old. What are you to do in such circumstances? Well, there are a number of options, but hiring a care worker is probably the best of them all. Here are some tips on how to proceed with hiring one:
How much care?
The first question that you should be asking yourself before hiring home care facilities is what level of care your parents would require. Depending on their age, possible illnesses and their health, the level of care they may require can vary. For example, younger and healthier seniors can attend to themselves and most of the house chores, needing only a few morning check-ups every week or so, whereas older and sickly seniors can require daily care and help – sometimes even full-time care. Accordingly, you should first assess how well your parents are doing. Having a doctor assess their status for you is a good idea (they can also help you with the search after all!).
Agency versus independent workers
The next question is whether you want to opt for home care Windsor agencies or for independent care workers. There are a number of differences between the two. The agency is convenient in the fact that it ensures that the care worker is qualified, has a fill-in for days when he or she cannot come and will handle all financial matters (such as filing taxes and the like). However, all these additional services also mean that workers from an agency are pricier. On the other hand, an independent care worker is significantly cheaper, and gives you more freedom of selection – but you will be their employer (meaning you have to handle the financial details) and you will have to work out the details of the contract with them.
Talk to your parents
One of the principal reasons for care workers being hired for the elderly is the fact that the seniors in question do not wish to live at a retirement home. In most of these cases, the children are unable to tend to them daily (or sometimes, the seniors may not have any children). Regardless, hiring a care worker is a delicate issue for many – it is akin to inviting a stranger to look after you and your home. Accordingly, remember that you should proceed with the issue only with the approval of your parents. Have them take part in the selection process, and keep them aware of the situation. Never keep them in the dark about the issue!