Hiring Home Care Services Checklist in Brookfield, IL

If you have made the decision that hiring a home care services companion is the right choice for your aging loved one, it is important that you put as much effort into choosing the individual companion as you did to selecting the appropriate senior care option for this aging adult. Contact the home care services agency in your area and discuss what you are looking for in a care companion. The agency can then send over prospective caregivers for you to interview. It is important that you hold a thorough and exploratory interview that is about more than just finding out about the caregiver’s experience and training. Remember that this caregiver will be spending a considerable amount of time with your aging loved one, and that it is important to your loved one’s quality of life, health, safety, and well-being that she gets along with her caregiver, and that the caregiver is prepared to provide the level of care and assistance that your aging loved one needs and deserves on a regular basis.

Home Care Services in Brookfield, ILFollow this checklist when evaluating potential home care services companions:

  • Does the care provider or agency have insurance?
  • Is this insurance both for worker’s compensation and personal liability?
  • Is the agency properly bonded?
  • Does the care provider have a valid and clean drivers’ license?
  • How many years has this care provider been providing senior care?
  • What types of responsibilities has this care provider taken on with previous clients?
  • What types of responsibilities does the care provider genuinely enjoy?
  • What types of responsibilities does the care provider not enjoy?
  • Are there any responsibilities that the care provider refuses to provide?
  • Is the care provider willing to take your aging loved one out on errands and outings on a regular basis?
  • Are there contingency plans in place in the event that a caregiver is not able to come to work on a scheduled day, or must leave early due to illness or other personal emergency?

For more thorough information on these prospective caregivers, you should request a full criminal background check and at least three references from each. Do not just gather these references for the sake of having them. Actually contact each of them to discuss the care that the home care services companion provided that person or that person’s loved one, any complaints they have, and why the relationship ended. Do not hesitate to bring up this information during an initial or follow-up interview to give the caregiver the opportunity to give her side of the story.

For Home Care Services in Brookfield, IL call 708-761-4909. Serving La Grange, Oakbrook, Oak Brook Terrace, Brookfield, Westchester, Downers Grove, Berwyn, River Forest, Oak Park, Hinsdale, Chicago and surrounding communities.

About Joan Cisneros LPN

Joan Cisneros is COO and Agency Manager at Private Home Care Services of Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Joan has over 25 years of professional healthcare experience, including Private Duty Home Care, nursing, insurance, case management, training, and operations. Her area of expertise is Alzheimer¹s care, which she knows from both a professional and personal perspective. Her solid capabilities are enhanced by her compassionate approach and her personal mission to help people maintain their independence by providing the best possible home care.