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Senior Home Care, image of a person interviewing a caregiver to care for an aging relativeLooking for a reliable, trustworhty and experienced caregiver for you or your aging loved one? Hiring a caregiver for the elderly requires time and thorough research to make sure that you’ll be able to find the right caregiver. But how can you find the perfect caregiver?


In This Article:

Where to Find An In-Home Caregiver
What is In-Home Care?

Before Hiring An In-Home Caregiver
Reporting Caregiver Fraud or Criminal Behavior


You can find a home care provider for your aging loved ones by contacting Home Care Agencies in your area. Home Care Agencies can help you find the right caregiver that can provide senior care services at the comfort of the senior’s home. Typically, In Home Care agencies will assess the condition of the senior before providing in-home care options for seniors and families.


What is In-Home Care?

In Home Care is also known as domiciliary care. The term Home Care is used to describe a non-medical service provided by a caregiver in the comfort of a senior’s home. Typically caregivers who provide in-home care are trained to help seniors with activities of daily living, which refers to basic tasks of independent living such as eating, bathing, toileting, dressing, and day-to-day house chores. Additional services such as grocery shopping, transportation services, recreational activities may also be provided by caregivers.

Tips Before Hiring An In-Home Caregiver:

  1. Inform your aging parent or the potential recipient about the schedule so he or she can participate in the screening process.
  2. Be as detailed as possible when it comes to explaining the tasks and the things you expect the caregiver to take on.
  3. Talk about salary. It is important to discuss and agree on the salary you will be paying the caregiver. Decide wheter to pay the caregiver daily, weekly or monthly. Do not pay the caregiver in advance for your protection.
  4. Request for references and be sure to check them carefully. You will want to ask the references about trustworthiness, reliablility and work habits. It is important to know whether the caregiver is able to manage thee stress involved with caregiving duties or not.
  5. Do a background check. You can look for individuals or companies that do this by doing a search on the internet or you can contact your local police department for any referrals. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Read the entire contract carefully and ask if you have any questions. It may also be helpful to consult with someone you trust before signing on the dotted line.


Once you find the right caregiver or in-home care provider, it is important that you monitor him or her closely during the first few days. Should any issues or concerns arise, it is important to talk to the caregiver as soon as you can in order to resolve the issue. However, if you are unable to solve the problem, you might need to find a new caregiver or in-home care provider. If you hired the caregiver through an In-Home Care Agency, it would definitely be helpful to call the agency to resolve the issue.

If in case you suspect any fraud or criminal behavior be sure to:

  • Contact your local Police Departmenteport
  • Report it to the Department of Health
  • File a complain through the Better Business Bureau

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