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Finding the Right Respite Caregiver

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If you’ve spent any time caring for a loved one, you know care-taking can be a challenging and draining job. Most family caregivers reach a point when they realize they could use some help. When you find yourself struggling to keep up with the constant supervision and assistance with everyday activities that your loved one needs or the housekeeping routines and standard errands that accompany day-to-day life, it may be time to find a respite caregiver.

Respite caregivers offer additional support, allowing the primary caregiver a break from many of the hardships full-time caretaking produces. However, finding the right person can be scary and confusing for those who are new to the process.

Here are a few steps you need to take to find your ideal respite caregiver:

1. Assess your home care needs and preferences.
The first step to finding great respite care is assessing your home care needs and preferences. Home care can take a variety of forms – personal care, household care, health care, and emotional care. Deciding where you need help will aid you in refining your search. Are you looking for assistance with personal care like bathing, eating, and toileting or do you need someone with household care skills like cooking, cleaning, and laundry? Furthermore, what preferences does your loved one have regarding the gender, cultural background, and age of the caregiver?

2. Craft a thorough job description
Once you’ve accessed your needs and preference, take the time to write out a job description that clearly articulates the tasks you’re seeking help with. Be sure to include important factors like language skills, the ability to work specialized equipment, or any other special skills you’re seeking.

3. Locate Resources in Your Community
Many communities have local resources that can assist you in finding in-home care or will allow you to post your newly crafted job listing. Identify sources that you can utilize throughout your search and refer to them regularly.

4. Interview your applicants
While you don’t have to hold face-to-face interviews with every person who applies for the job, you should always screen the individuals under consideration. Make sure to offer a clear description of the job, discuss expectations from both sides (the applicant and the hirer), and include questions that give you a peek into how well the caregiver is likely to fit in within your home environment.

Following these few simple steps will help you find a responsible respite caregiver with minimal frustration. If the process still seems daunting and confusing, check out Abigael’s easy-to-understand guide, The Art of Finding the Right Giver. Her e-book guides readers through the entire process, from determining their needs and priorities to attracting, vetting and selecting caregiver candidates. She also includes helpful questions to ask during interviews and screening, sample documents to use and much more. She lays out the entire process for you, all you have to do is follow the steps!

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Hiring Help Affects the Whole Family

Hiring Help Affects the Whole Family
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Often times, when a loved one is ill or in need of round-the-clock home care, family members within the household take on the responsibility. Having someone that you know and trust, facilitating your care is understandably a logical route. And from the perspective of the family member who acts as the caregiver, it makes sense that you would initially want to support your ill or injured relative however you can. But, especially when long-term care is needed, such an arrangement can also induce strain on family relationships. The type of strain that wouldn’t be a factor if the care was being provided by a paid professional. When making the decision about who will aid you or your loved one with home care, here are some factors to take into consideration.

 

1. Time vs. Money
A relative may not charge you as much as a professional, or anything at all for that matter. Choosing them over a professional will almost always save you money. On the other hand, the caregiver may loose valuable time for education, work, other relationships, or hobbies, without fair compensation; This could lead to bitterness on the caregivers end. It could also decrease the caregiver’s desire to spend quality time doing other fun or typically enjoyable activities since they feel more obligated to “work” for the family member in need of care. The relative receiving care may also develop negative feelings towards their caregiver or themselves if they begin to feel like they are viewed as a “job” or a nuisance to their loved one. In some situations, families do not have the resources to hire outside help, but if it is an option, you should definitely consider if quality family time is more important than the money that can be saved.

 

2. Comfort vs. Competence
This is a very tricky thing to consider, as the comparison can be reversed to favor the family member in some cases, and the paid professional in others. It depends entirely on the individuals involved. In some cases, someone in need of care can be more comfortable with receiving their care from a loved one they personally know. They may trust the care and discretion of a family member over a stranger who is only providing assistance for a paycheck.  Again, these attributes could be found more so in the professional or the relative, depending on the individual. Some family members will be more attentive, careful, and thorough simply because they are more invested in the patient. On the other hand, a professional who has been adequately trained and experienced will more often, be more competent in executing tasks that they do for a living. A professional is also held to stricter standards and risks losing their credibility if they are not competent at what they are paid to do.

 

3. Facts vs. Feelings
Providing assistance to someone that you personally care about (or receiving care from someone that you care about) will commonly mean that more feelings are involved, whether good or bad. Having a hopeful, upbeat, and positive family member administering care could help the patient to feel better overall. Unfortunately, when the related caregiver and patient are at odds, healthcare related or not, it can result in the caregiver performing poorly or the patient becoming more pessimistic. Family members may also have a more difficult time coming to terms or communicating facts with each other. If a patient is not putting forth their best efforts, or if “bad news” needs to be communicated on either end, family members will typically have a more difficult time communicating that to one another.

 

So before volunteering to provide care for a loved one, or asking a loved one to help care for you, consider the effects for both the patient and the caregiver. It is important to deeply reflect on the pros and cons of hiring a professional, as it will affect the whole family.
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Upholding Our Family Best Care Values, Everyday

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Many of our clients are successful business owners, contributing to society by meeting its needs, offering value and support each and every day. Behind every success story there are those who gave them the strength to keep pushing forward. The support provided by loving families is irreplaceable and it’s important to remember that they’re the first ones who believed in you and trusted you.

At Family Best Care, we strive to do more than simply provide quality home care. We offer compassion, preserve dignity and work hard to build trust with our clients and their families. These core values guide our working principles every day, and we consider our clients family.

Our trained professionals go through a rigorous screening process to ensure only the best level of care. We offer several levels of care ranging from personal care, senior services, household assistance and more. Each of these offerings incorporates our focus on making sure our clients receive the best care possible that suits their needs.

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Is Home Care for Everyone?

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Home care can go a long way in providing support and maintaining independence for a family member. And because it takes many different forms, home care can be tailored to best fit your needs. But what if home care isn’t for your family situation? There are times when it may not be the best choice.

Planning care for your family member can be an overwhelming task. Many individuals who have been thrown into the role of caregiver for a parent or spouse find themselves lost in questions of costs, procedures, security, and more.

Fortunately, Family Best Care is here to accompany you in that difficult time and make the best decision for you and your family member. Our qualified and empathetic staff can help you navigate your options. Want to find out if home care is right for you? Contact us for a free consultation and we can help you decide.

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Getting care the right way

We know you care about family, and so do we. Here at Family Best Care we are committed to providing outstanding care and support. Our team of professionals are hired based on their sincerity and desire to care. We see our patients as our family, and that makes the difference when giving the dignified attention need to live happy and fulfilling lives.

 

No two people are the same and that is why we specifically tailor our wide range of services to our individual clients. Our diverse team is comprised of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, homecare aides and live in caregivers, all with years of experience and a passion for helping.

 

It is not just the lives of our patients that are important to us, we realize that family members and friends can need a little care too, and we create a plan of action that takes everyone into consideration.
So if your loved one is in need of some extra support to enrich their lives, we will always be right there with you, whether it be short term or longer support at home, there is nothing we cannot handle together. Call today for you free consultation.

 

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Caring is loving

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Caring for a family member is arguably the ultimate act of love. However, it can be a round the clock responsibility; physically draining and emotionally demanding, but so many of us do it out of love, duty or responsibility.

Being a care-giver can trigger changes in family relationships. You might be caring for a parent, where roles have reversed completely. Treating a parent like a child in terms of care can be devastating, and it is important not to become overly controlling or make them feel useless.

It is very common to feel a sense of loss. A relationship that once involved traveling together, sleeping together and partying together, changes totally. Managing the loss is important, and changes must be made. Reading together, talking, playing games to keep minds active suddenly become the norm.

Don’t worry, there is help!

At Family Best Care, we understand that dignity, compassion and trust are vital when professional help is needed. We know that you want to care for your family member, but sometimes need a little help, or even some respite to re-charge your batteries and have a rest. We have a range of services to help you, the carer, and your relative.

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Things to seriously consider when choosing a home care company

Selecting the right caregiver
Response time
When you place a call for our services we believe you shouldn’t be left in the dark waiting to make arrangements to speak to us. This is why Family Best Care offer same-day appointments and can even come to you! We can also arrange for a caregiver in your home the very next day.
Placement
At Family Best Care we aim to treat your family like our own so we listen to your needs and work hard to place the right caregiver in your home by profiling our caregivers personalities and match making them with yours we can find a perfect match. We like to build a relationship and understand exactly who will be the best fit. Caregivers can be trained, but we add integrity and heart when placing our caregivers with your family.
Forecasting the cost
We at Family Best Care know the importance of making sure that prices are transparent from the very start so that you can plan with a clear outlook for long term.
Family Best Care offers a FREE assessment. Our options vary in price and include In-home personal care, Platinum Care, Senior Service for things like dementia care and end-of-life care, Household Assistance and even New Mom Care.
Consistency and Dependability
This is paramount and we want you to know that at Family Best Care you can rely on us to be there whenever you need someone3. We really are Family Best Care.
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Why Choose Family Best Care?

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At Family Best Care, it’s our number one goal to ensure you’re getting the upmost-qualified caregiving professionals for all of your needs. We believe that the top reasons to choose family best care falls under our 3 primary values:
  1. The People
  2. The Culture
  3. The Family Orientation.
We make it a priority to ensure that those in need are not only professionally taken care of, but also accepted and treated just like family. Our staff is comprised of professionally registered nurses, home-care aids, and live-in caregivers who are ready to meet your specific needs.
Our belief is that a positive culture plays a key role into the health and well being of everyone around. To put this into practice, we’ve created a culture of community where each person’s unique personalities and individualities are celebrated – for both patients and staff members. We understand that every family has unique and different needs and we go above-and-beyond in offering personalized help – as if the patients are close family members themselves.
Here is a list of our services that sets us apart:
Family Best Care list of services
We invite you to contact us for a free consultation with an experienced care specialist who will help determine what’s right for your needs. Visit familybestcare.com to learn more.
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The value of home care and a support system.

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We all need support-we’re human. We rely on each other as well as feed off of each other’s interpersonal relationships. Support is not only a form of caring, coming from others; but it’s also necessary in order to maintain balance in a system. Essentially, it’s assistance needed to enable a function or act. Sometimes it’s easy to forgo any assistance especially for the ‘Do-It-Yourself’ type that may feel like aid is a signal of weakness or failure. However, just like any well-operative machine, we need to be ‘maintained’ in order to function at our highest and most optimum abilities. At Family Best Care, we want to be that crutch that you can lean on whenever you choose to lean on us. We’re an organization aimed at helping and relieving any stress that comes with the responsibility of caring for family, and just like you, we understand the challenges that accompany that. Let us help you create an easier situation by improving your life and the lives of your family members through continual support and services giving you the opportunity to enjoy quality time with your family rather than stress over it.

 

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Signs that your parents are ready for care at home

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Over and over again, we’ll state that family is everything, because it is. They’re your support system, they’re your friends and they’ll always be there. So we understand how hard it is to determine when you need help taking care of them and what the best call is to make. As parents get older, our relationships change as we transition from those two stable pillars that once raised us, to becoming one of those pillars that need to provide that nurturing and assistance. When things become tough to the point where your own daily activities get hindered, that’s when you know the time is right for assistance. Family Best Care provides that assistance that you need with the comfort in knowing that our knowledge of family care is so immense that we are equipped to nurture your parents just as well as you’d expect. Check out our website and learn about all the services we offer to help ease your life and help support a stronger relationship between you and your parents.
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