Senior & Assisted Living Advisor Throughout Illinois

Blog Posts

Home  >   Blog Posts  >   Miscellaneous

Home Care Agency Choices - How Do You Choose?

Monday May 25, 2015 - Jennifer Prell
0 Comments | Post Comment

When you are trying to find a caregiver to take care of a loved one you want to make the best choice for your family.  It's not always easy choosing a caregiver.  There are thousands of home care agencies and too many choices.  The following are some guidelines in choosing a companion caregiver for your loved one.

  • Get a referral for a well known home care agency in your area.
  • Do they do national background checks?
  • Do they do random drug screenings?
  • Do they fire and prosecute should something go terribly wrong?
  • Is the caregiver insured through the agency?
  • Is the agency paying for the caregiver's workman's comp insurance and paying their taxes?
  • What kind of training is provided to the caregiver?
  • Will you get the same caregiver every day or time needed?
  • Who is supervising the caregiver?
  • What happens if the caregiver gets sick, goes on vacation or doesn't show up?
  • If your loved one is particular make sure you tell the agency what kind of person would work best with them.
  • Advise the agency of your loved ones specific activities they need help with.
  • Advise the agency of your loved ones dietary needs and the type of foods they prefer.
  • What can you expect from your caregiver?
  • What are the things the caregiver does not do or provide?

Lots of questions to ask when hiring a caregiver.  However, if you ask these questions before you hire someone, it will make it a lot easier on your family as their needs grow.


Contact Elderwerks

Finding assisted living or other types of aging care can be overwhelming. Let our dedicated team help you navigate your options.

Contact Us

For your complimentary, person-centered assistance or help touring a senior community, call an Elderwerks Advisor today at 855-462-0100.


Our newsletters provide up to date information on events, education, and other important updates of interest to older adults, families, and professionals.