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How to find caregivers who can help manage a child with diabetes?

My son was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and I'm learning it's difficult to find someone willing to learn about how to care for someone with diabetes.  I know I can't be with him 24x7 every single day, but I don't know how to go about finding a caregiver who either has experience with it or would be willing to dive in and learn.  Any recommendations for how to find these special caregivers? 

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Look for a nurse who wants to work as a nanny - we are out here on care.com!

Good idea! I know few nurses that also work as nannies and senior caregivers. They are far and few but they are out there.

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I would not only post job listings on here, but also try sitter.com and sitter city.com. Also find recipes yourself that your son will eat so that would take pressure off of a babysitter when looking for one.

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Consult with and select a reputable home care company

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Kathleen in Derry, NH
July 20, 2018

I would put it in the Header of your add you place looking for a caregiver/Nanny/Babysitter with the special instructions. There very well could be a Nanny out there who herself had a child with type 1 diabetes who knows the ropes and would be willing to sign a care contract as well. I would also make sure to go over everything and be as specific as possible when interviewing. I would put

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I would be willing to learn my father has diabetes.

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Refine your search to look for caregivers who have experience in specialties.

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Try to find a Caregiver who has medical experience in their background or include an orientation class about Diabetes. I myself have a medical background and have been a Nanny with 20 years of experience.

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well if theres someone out there willing to do some research, reach out to them and im sure you could find someone

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Meet with each applicant. Personality is key and you can tell how a person is after meeting them. Look for someone nurturing and someone who is not just in it for the money. Someone who wants to truly help you and your son.

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My advice would be to check their profile and see if they have the experience or just message and ask. I know I personally would be willing to learn. I had to jump right in and learn how to care for my mother when she was diagnosed with cancer and eventually came home on hospice.

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Ask a caregiver about making foods that are in low fat, and sugar but also taste great

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Write up some information about diabetes you'd like the caregiver to know, and make a schedule for them to fill out every day regarding when blood pressure was checked, when meals were fed, how much water, snacks, and insulin are being given. This can make it easier for a caregiver who has no experience to keep the situation under control, and it shouldn't be too hard to occasionally have to write down a few words or numbers. It's kind of like when you send an infant to daycare and they write down when bottles, solids, naps, and diapers happen. It keeps you in the loop and it helps them remember when they need to do something again or if it's already been done enough.

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Nikki in Bellmore, NY
July 17, 2018

I would ask your the nurses at your sons dr if they know anyone. Nurses are amazing. Also, look for local support groups and see if the moms there have recommendations.

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I would say that you don't need to find "special Care Givers" Just find a Care Giver with a disability (this way they can empathize with what your son is going through) And I'm NOT saying that your son now has a disability. He just has a NEW NORMAL

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Misty in Greer, SC
July 27, 2018

Look for someone who has a family member who has type 1 or 2 diabetes.

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Ask if there is anyone who would like to dive in to learn about diabetes.

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To find care for a more difficult or special need job post your ad under "special needs", these would be used for children with autism, a limited body movement like Cerebral palsy, or diabetes. Nannies/ Sitters that care for children that are special in their own way have extra patience and love to learn and understand. Speaking for experience (not w diabetes), I personally enjoyed the education. Use keywords in BOLD so the eyes catch important job factors right away, so its an automatic yes or no on the sitters end.

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Look for special needs sitters! If a babysitter has experience with special needs, then they most likely have experience giving medicine or dealing with very specific situations.

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Ask if any one has knowledge about diabetes, education or personal knowledge. Also make sure that the person is ok with giving needles and shots, seeing needles and blood. This is very important information to know before hand,

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User in Peoria, AZ
July 14, 2018

Be honest up front with whom you are considering. There are many of us caregivers outhere who would be willing to dive in!!!!!

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You wanna look for a nanny that has experience and training with medical issues. I personally am pursuing a medical degree, so I am familiar with diabetes and would be happy to assist.

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User in Longview, WA
July 13, 2018

Maybe you can pay for their education on the subject, and an hourly rate to go as if they were working. Any hours they are in school learning about this disability and how to take care of your little one they get paid to do so, might make find someone great a little more reasonable. I would be willing to do so.

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Lisa in Milwaukee, WI
July 13, 2018

I personally was a certified pharmacy technician for 27+ years so I would have no issues with caring for a diabetic child. However I suggest just being clear about what's expected in your job description.

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You have to find someone who is truly passionate about caring for children and who would be willing to learn about those needs. I can only speak for myself in saying that I would be willing to learn all about any special needs or accommodations that a child needed if I were to care for them.

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I'm a registered nurse, and can care for a diabetic child, I worked with diabetics for 18 years.

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Hi Melissa,

Have you tried posting flyers on local boards found in places like library, pizzeria, grocery store, etc.? These places tend to be frequented by a diverse group of people and they also tend to be popular spots for college students and caregivers. So, it's likely that someone will see it and reach out to you. You can also post on the social media pages of local groups in your area. That said, when posting, be clear and concise about what you’re looking for but avoid writing a lengthy ad because people tend to scan through ads quickly. I wrote a sample ad below for illustrative purpose; hope it helps!

AWESOME NANNY WANTED
Passionate long-term nanny wanted for a sweet teenager with type 1 diabetes. Experience with managing type 1 diabetes is desirable or willingness to learn. We are a pleasant and welcoming family in Owasso and we are eager to find someone who will blend right in and grow with us. Hours: Mon-Fri 3PM to 8PM, good pay + loving environment. Please get in touch to discuss further (insert email & phone number). Thank you.

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i worked for 8 hours for the rat of $30 an hour and suppose he is going to pay me thru the care.com and i received nothing his name is Mathew i wonder how we protect our selves from fraud like that

That's alarming and quite unfortunate. You should contact the site admin directly to see how/if they can assist you!

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I am willing to take care and help in any manner. The health is a priority, choosing and cooking the special meals is something that I enjoy for deferents reasons, I can contribute to improve the kids health and I love to cook.

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How much should you pay for a babysitter?