Advice for Hiring Caregivers

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Looking for a way to keep track of what your in-home care aide does with your loved ones on a daily basis? Use the Senior Care Checklist to have your senior caregivers record meals, activities, health...
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16 hours. That's how long Carolyn Childerston's mom Doris spent on the floor of her small-town Nebraska home after taking a fall last September. Carolyn, who lives in Maryland, had been calling all day...
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Lisa Love's dad was adamant: absolutely no nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Yet it was clear that Joe would need a lot of help to stay at home. Much more help than Lisa and her four far-flung...
Your Care Options
By 2025, the elderly population (both in the United States and globally) is expected to double, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This means that many of us will be dealing with senior-aged parents...
Adult day programs are designed for older adults and can be a cost-effective alternative to home care. Adult day programs offer a coordinated program of professional care in settings that can range from...
If you are one of the many adults in the sandwich generation, trying to help your elderly parents from afar...
You've narrowed down your search to a few wonderful people, but still aren't quite sure who the right one is. We talked with experts to get the six qualities your caregiver should have. Debby Bitticks'...
When Ellen Grey's parents, both 80 plus, recently moved out of their home and into an over-55 residence, the whole family felt they had come to a collective decision that would keep Sally and Matthew -- the parents -- safe and independent for a long time.
As the Baby Boom generation ages and the next generation waits until their late 30s to start a family, more and more new parents find themselves sandwiched between the pressures of work and the care (and costs) of their...
Approximately 16 million families now find themselves sandwiched between caring for their children and their parents...
Go for a visit. Tour the adult day program, hang out for a few hours with your loved one and let them get acquainted with the staff and other participants. Conduct casual interviews. Talk to the staff,...
How to Find Adult and Senior Care
If you could build the perfect caregiver from scratch, what personality traits would you include? We talked to people all over the country to find out what characteristics they consider the most important...
You're stuck. You need someone reliable to watch your kids, walk your dog, clean your house, etc., and have been bombarded with responses from potential caregivers. Or worse, you haven't gotten...
Sometimes you need help caring for a child or adult with special needs. Hiring a live-in caregiver can be a huge help. But it's a big decision and comes with a lot of questions. A live-in special...
16 hours. That's how long Carolyn Childerston's mom Doris spent on the floor of her small-town Nebraska home after taking a fall last September. Carolyn, who lives in Maryland, had been calling all day...
The hiring process is no joke. Whether it's finding someone to look after your aging loved one full time or taking your canine companion for a walk, there are many things to consider when you're...
Lisa Love's dad was adamant: absolutely no nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Yet it was clear that Joe would need a lot of help to stay at home. Much more help than Lisa and her four far-flung...
At Care.com we know that the process of finding the perfect nanny or nanny job can be a little overwhelming, so we want to make it as simple for you as possible. As more and more people turn to our site...
You're busy all year long and sometimes little things slip through the cracks, like finding summer vacation child care or hiring a tutor. How do you know when to do what? Here is a schedule of the...
Pay Rates, References and Safety Issues
Care.com strives to give you powerful tools that can help you to make the best hiring decision possible. Whether you're searching for a nanny, babysitter, pet sitter, housekeeper, senior care provider,...
Yes, you love your nanny, your housekeeper, your pet sitter and the other caregivers in your life. But do you pay them a fair wage? "Just as you are compensated for the work you do in your profession,...
Before hiring a nanny, babysitter, senior care aide, pet sitter, housekeeper, etc. and inviting them into your home, you need to run a background check. This step helps keep you and your family safe and...
When you employ household staff like a nanny, paying taxes is important. But it sounds overwhelming -- there are lots of forms to file and money to keep track of. When you're rushing to hire a caregiver,...
When Kathy S. of Roanoke, Va. reviewed her child's favorite tutor, she had only one thing in mind: "I wanted everyone to know that I would highly recommend her." She also knew that a review...
We understand that safety comes first. How can you make sure you've found the best person for the job? Beyond the interview, make sure to request a background check on a potential hire. Background...
Hiring a caregiver -- whether for your children, home, elderly relative or pet -- can be stressful. You have to sort through job applications, read resumes, schedule interviews, etc. But one step that...
Does your family have a safety plan for your elderly loved ones? How do you communicate that to your seniors' caregivers? This re-useable, just-in-case checklist for home care aides and caregivers will help them keep track of emergency contacts, procedures, and health concerns when your loved ones are under someone else's watchful eye.
Congratulations, you've made it through the process of hiring a fantastic senior aid for your parent or elderly relative. But now tax time is here. What do you need to do? Filing taxes can be tricky...
After You Hire
Looking for a way to keep track of what your in-home care aide does with your loved ones on a daily basis? Use the Senior Care Checklist to have your senior caregivers record meals, activities, health...
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