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Hi, I am looking for a reliable live-in elder helper mostly for companionship and light household and personal help right now. I am looking for someone who can drive and must have a cell phone. Any tips for how to find the right person?

Shaila in Seattle, WA
Nov. 25, 2018

Also will there be a contract to sign with them? How much should I pay them? Will it be an hourly pay or a periodic payment. Doing this for the first time and want ti to work well. Any helpful tips will be appreciated. Thanks -SSG

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User in Folsom, CA
Dec. 11, 2018

Hi, Remember you are looking for a caregiver not a homeless person. You want to provide a room and food for caregiver for 24 hour shifts on a professional level, otherwise you can be opening up a situation where you have an unwanted tenant if things do not go well. Having some one who is healthy and has a life and or family connections apart from care giving will provide a much more suitable long term assistant. Having good boundaries as a caregiver, and knowing you are not family is important. I usually suggest that people have two care givers providing care and relief for one another when special events arise as well as vacation time. It becomes very difficult to care for someone 24-7 without time away for refreshment. Some will charge hourly, but if your family member is not overly dependent and down time and sleep time are available a 24 hour shift rate can be negotiated.

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I believe you should pay what is legal and fair every Friday

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I consider myself The person you are looking for I am mature Well educated and Hard worker. Plenty of experience along with my life and business. My commitments occupied a first position in my daily calendar. There is no other contract than your commitment and mine. My clients consider me the best day have had in the last three years so salary is open for discussion after recommendation are review. My service is six-day no holidays. Payment is weekly or every fifteen days. As an educated professional you will have all the help you need included in my service.

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Hi My name is Poliana, I have been a care giver for more than 15yrs and Iam interested.

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Is this a 24/7 job.

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i would recommend doing an on the phone interview with a set up questions. I would recommend a signed contract and I will set the base pay if the client is pretty independent at 12per hour.

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I've been a live in caregiver for many years. I have a great reputation. wondering if there will be a contract to sign.my pay is negotiable.Won't be disappointed. Would love to hear from you. Brenda

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Hi my name is Margarida ,I am caring responsible ,have a car non smoker legal love pets patient understanding and much moore.

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Hi, I'm not sure what they're asking here. Your ad seems clear. It would be helpful it you stated how many hours your are expecting the person to be "on the job", and if you stated what the rent or hourly rate is in dollars. Good luck. Hope you get good results. Rezakkah

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Hello dear, Welcome to the family of seeking & serving our loved ones. Your questions are shared by many who feel overwhelmed with finding the right caregiver who will be a fit to your families needs. I will start by saying this site is full of many potential fits, just have to review their bio, work hx & I would set up a face to face with your top selections. Sometimes it's the demeanor, stature and articulation of a individual that will convey their inner soul. I would also like to add look at the caregiver Newcomers who want to care for a patient in home but they hAve only worked in a business setting. We all start somewhere and most have a calling that draws us to this field, consider they may be the one that goes far and beyond just to have that Chance to prove themselves to you and live their dream. Care.com does not provide a contract with either party for hire, although there is a schedule showing needs & availability of caretaker. It is u between you and your hired caregiver to establish a contract..verbal or in writing if you so choose. When it comes to payment that will depend on who you hire and their work history, certifications, qualifications that are notably significant to your specifications. New caregivers with minimal hx $10-15 per hr or you can round that down if 24 hrs a say normally $240to360 now $200to$300. In the end you are in control of What is comfortable for your budget and your loved ones needs. Good luck to you my friend and if your in need in oklahoma please look me up.

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I think a contract is a great idea because it specifies working conditions, hours, duties, pay and anything else important to client/family. For live in, probably a weekly rate would include hours being worked/ and being compensated for overnight/awake time.

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HIRING A CARE-GIVER Does the elder sleep through the night? Will the live-in caregiver be able to leave for her own appointments and engagements? You are looking for someone who can drive to take the elder to appointments? Go grocery shopping? Pick up meds? Drop off Rx? Accompany on Dr appointmets, take notes and relay info to family? Visit elder's friends and family members? How will mileage be compensated? Describe "light household" i.e., sweep, dust, dishes, laundry, change linens who does the deep cleaning (oven, floors, behind/under furniture , windows, bathrooms, etc.) and how often? Describe "personal help right now" i.e., bathing, dressing, feeding, incontinence, meal preparation Is client diabetic? Vegetarian? Special diet needs? Having a job description that would cover expectations of the client and family and give the caregiver(s) a pretty clear idea of what their responsibilities are outside of the inevitable companionship would be a good way to clearly lay the ground work. Pay should be weekly and compensated according to your expectations. Some will work for $10-$15 and hour. National average some years ago was $19 according to AARP. An experienced, competent, caring caregiver should be compensated upwards of $20 per hour. Agencies charge a minimum of $21/hour and you don't always know who you are getting...it can be hit or miss. Caregivers come and go in those settings. Also, as needs increase so should the pay rate for the caregiver. Perhaps add a clause that the job description will be reviewed and revised every so many months or as care needs change for all parties concerned. Have it initialed by each party concerned. As responsibilities increase so should the compensation. A competent, compassionate caregiver's time is valuable. If it is full time live-in address personal time off and vacation time in your agreement. I would suggest considering having at least two other alternates (day and night?) for all concerned. They could be family members or not. An outside caregiver could possibly shadow your live-in caregiver once you're confident and comfortable with each other. She could act as your care manager that can communicate between caregivers and family/client. If the caregiver you hire becomes a trusted friend as if a family member to your loved one, then be prepared to compensate that loyalty as time goes on. Also, that caregiver will have to to eventually start over again when her services are no longer needed at a time when she too will likely be grieving the loss of a loved one.

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1. Yes, we should have a contract first with both parties signed, If you think suspicious, but sometimes you don't need too it's like trust each other. 2. You don't have to create your contract depend on your interview.

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Sherry in Warren, MI
Dec. 7, 2018

I believe you need to talk to the caregiver to see if this person is a good fit. Computer can only tell so much. search til you have found the right fit for your situation. Pay should be discussed and go by what is expected by the caregiver.

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See my bio, I've had years of experience & often have people contact me for advice. I'd be happy to advise you anytime you need help

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User in Spokane, WA
Dec. 6, 2018

In my opinion you should post a job opening on care.com, stating what you wants and/or needs are pertaining to the job. When you get someone interested, just be open and honest about what you are looking for, and the inquirer will either accept job, decline job, or be willing to negotiate a plan that will work for both parties. It may be a little time consuming but eventually you should be able to find the perfect match. Call the care-giving agencies in your area and see what they wouild charge for the same services and then lower it a little bit.

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I am experienced doing the ADLs, driving clients to drs appts and do multi tasks with tender loving care. Psls try me as it fits well my availability before being taken by others.

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Ann in Fremont, OH
Dec. 6, 2018

My husband and I were live in caregivers for 2 different families. We got living free. Also we were compensated 200 a week with 1 day off for ourselves. Usually things can be negotiated to benefit both parties.

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I'm sure I can be the perfect person you're looking for.

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Negotiate the pay after you find someone you like and trust.

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When you are receiving application from care.com be sure and read all of the applicants information and that should help and as well as calling the applicant.

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I would definitely recommend a contract. It saves you and the other party. I just recently had a situation like that. I could hear my cousin now "Make sure you get them to sign a contract" Guess what?? I didn't and not only did he burn me once but twice. I never would of seen it coming. I considered them to be like "family".. Guess I was the only one???....

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I do drive. I also have a cell phone. I could live in but I would need some time off to take care of my house and various appointments, i also like to go to church on Saturday from 9; to 3 and on Sat.12/15 is our Christmas party in evening 5-9 There are other thing to discuse so I would like a interview. I love helping people. Arlowene Mary Smith

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It would be a pleasure to help her.

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List everything you require on your post then, go through the applications thoroughly. Make sure you review background check for every candidate.

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Vea in Elk Grove, CA
Dec. 4, 2018

You can always look at the references and how much experiences that person had. How much you pay is the last thing in my mind cause it's depend on how much the person who needs help wants the helper to do. The live-in helper is away from her family too. But everything will be negotiate between the family and the helper. Thanks

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Trust your instinct. Don't ignore someone because they don't have the experience you think they should.

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hourly pay ,that's depends of the patient condition .

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i would love to help

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I have 10+ years of service with seniors and adults. I am reliable, dependable, flexible, and caring. This is my passion and I enjoy helping others. I have excellent references available upon request.

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Be very clear about what you want/need. If you are clear with prospective candidates you'll avoid misunderstandings that ESPECIALLY occur in live-in situations. Common sticky points that are often left out of the conversation are expectations about personal time/space. Examples are that caregivers have friends and family. Some date. If they live in, your home is also where they live. Be very clear. Everything else is negotiated between parties, including whether a contract is written up. Most do not bother with that, though. There are other options t live in. If you are looking to trade shelter toward wages, you are going to attract people that cannot obtain shelter because of background. Boundary issues are common with live-in. I have known some caregivers who were happy in such a situation--not forever, but for example, while they were attending college.

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Stephanie Scott
Dec. 3, 2018

I would not require a contract. Make sure that it is a good fit first. Pay weekly, with cash to your caregiver. Average pay should be $25/hour. $200-250/day minimum for live in. I would only hire people who include their background check and DMV records. Be detailed in your ad so people know exactly what you pay, and exactly what you need. Do a skype interview with candidates first, before inviting into your home.

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Negotiate the pay

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Amy in Glendale, AZ
Dec. 1, 2018

Create some kind of contract outlining pay rate, duties, areas of the home open to them or private to jus you, notice that should be given by either party if it doesn't work out. This can be a document you write up with them, without a lot of legaleeze, just so you can be sure you are on the same page. Since live in care tends to become more friendly of a relationship, cause if you can't be friendly with them, likely it won't work out. Be sure to be clear on if they can hold another job, leave for x number of hours a day or whatever. Pay rate will depend on how much you cover for room and board, and how much you can afford. It would be nice to offer say room and board and $x a week.

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User in Longs, SC
Dec. 1, 2018

I have been providing home health services for over 10 years and each case is different. I do not know where you live as rate of pay is quite different in Chicago vs North Carolina. You can get a general idea of what people are paying simply by looking at other requests for caregivers on care.com in your locale. I live in the Myrtle Beach area and pay is roughly 12-15 an hour. Shorter assignments like 2 hours pay higher vs an 8 or 12 hr. shift.Then you have to consider if you are withdrawing taxes which would make your caregiver an employee or leaving the taxes up to the caregiver to pay on their own which makes them an independent contractor. Do you need 24x7 care? Those rates run 125-$150 per 24 hrs depending on location but that is for Myrtle Beach. I would require references and be sure to CALL EACH reference. Past medical training is typically requested along with proof of a TB test and CPR.

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Dear Paula, The best way to reach me would be by e-mail. My e-mail address is: merryl55atyahoo.com. Please put CARE.COM in the message box to make sure that I answer it. Please include your phone number and I will call you. Thank you. Merryl

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A contract is always a good idea. Live-in help is a larger commitment. Have you considered hiring a second or third person to provide some back up, coverage in case of illness, or just to allow some personal time or time off to your regular help? The details will have to be worked out with the individual(s) you hire, I would imagine.

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Janice in Norman, OK
Nov. 30, 2018

There are several reliable live-in Elder helpers on Care. I am one of them. I took care of both of my parents when they were older, and there is so much knowledge to gain from them.

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I suggested you first put together a profile of what your expectation are. I will give you an example does your family member need supervision 24 hours a day . This is not companion care. This is skilled care and you would want someone that has been trained to work with this population, but if your love one can be left alone while the companion care provider goes to school or has another job. That would be companion care. I would pay 14.00 an hour and give them free room and board and would pay all household expenses. I would pay 200.00 per day for skilled care give them every other weekend off if they wanted it.

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Rhonda in Dover, NH
Nov. 30, 2018

When would you like to start?

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User in Auburn, WA
Nov. 30, 2018

Good morning. Being clear in about what you are looking for is the best way to find the right person for you and your family.Live-in care is usually calculated by the shift. For someone needing minimum care, a 24-hour shift would range from $250 ($10.40 an hour) to $350 a day (depending on the level of care). Payment is normally at the end of each shift (I work 3-4 24 hour shifts a week (Monday thru Thursday) and have always been paid at the end of my stay that week) I have been providing in-home care for many years and have never been asked to sign a contract, but that does not mean you can't or shouldn't. You do what you need to do to be comfortable with the person you are hiring. As a caregiver, when we say "live-in" it means a few 24-hour shifts in a row. You will need to have at least 2 caregivers as no one can work 24/7 for long periods of time. I hope this helps! Tawnye R

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Hello... in response to your question. Live-in care can be costly. Especially for someone who must work with a family. So I'd suggest you narrow your care needs down to basic assistance. As you stated you needed mostly companionship, light housekeeping, and personal assistance. This may or may not need live-in assistance, however, should this be your need base, then hire the live-in. As far as contracts to sign, there aren't any contracts. This type of work is self-employed or taxes withheld by employee for tax purposes. First hiring someone should always be contingent for both hired assistance and employee. Simply because things just don't work out. Most caregivers charge by the hour, some charge a daily rate. Depending on your care needs, rates can be hourly. Depending on the caregiver distance of travel, care assistance, and ability to perform tasks you requests, it'll be daily rates. Most caregivers prefer weekly pay. Via cash apps or check or even cash. However, this is based on the interview you provide, questions, and your affordability for live-in care. Keep in mind, hiring any person places your family member at risks. Do thorough interviews and ask many questions. Do a few hours for a day with a caregiver to see if he/she is a good fit. Finding the "right person" can take time. But it is possible. You must be proactive in who you're seeking out, the type of person, work ethic, and an initiative attitude. Also keep in mind One who cares passionately for the person instead of the pay. Hope this advice helped you to start your search for care assistance. Blessings.

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Hourly wages are the best way to ensure fairness. Minimum wage is minimum wage, but if you are asking for more skilled or labor intensive work you may need to pay more. You don't need a written contract necessarily, just pay them weekly or bi-weekly after they've done that time's work and not before and you should be fine. There is a function within care.com to do background checks so you can ask an applicant to do one if you are feeling unsure. Always meet in a neutral location before giving the person your address.

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Honestly I believe if you check references and background checks driving records. Then most importantly sitting down with a person in a one on one is very impotent . call previous bosses talk to past coworkers and personal references.Sometimes you just know its that inner gut feeling .If possible talk to someone they took care of.People have a way of connecting via God/ friends/Hobbies/strengths/Beliefs Good luck

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Schedule multiple interviews with possible caregivers with patient available, as personalities are a huge aspect of providing comfortable in home care for your loved one, as well as trust and experience of caregiver.

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Laura in Beacon, NY
Nov. 29, 2018

Hi, the number one factor in finding the right person is work history and really, really checking references. Find someone who does not come in and out of jobs but has been with their clients for a while. Also, find someone who has a genuine interest in seniors and is a good communicator. When you interview someone and get a feeling that the person is not right do not try and convince yourself that they are. Never over rule your gut instinct.... As far as a contract, not necessary. And you can work out payment with the person you choose. The first time finding someone to care for someone you love is always difficult..stay the course.

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Pamela in Danvers, MA
Nov. 29, 2018

well i am a caregiver sometimes it hard to find the right fit on the family to care for. I have to prove myself though I can t if I dont get the=at interview. I live in Danvers . I charge between $15 -$22 per hour accordingly. I know what you are going thru. Most overlook great help and thats why I see them in seeking help again, I m the one you seek[except lifting] thank you Pam K

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User in Salem, MA
Nov. 29, 2018

Most importantly is that you parent feel comfortable with this person. The interviewing process should always include the patient.

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i my name is Andrea and i am a caregiver/companionship i dont know how to drive but i do have a cell phone

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Damaris in Anoka, MN
Nov. 28, 2018

Hello SSG. Contract is must have,and follow the care.com rules and regulations.

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Wesna in Rosedale, NY
Nov. 28, 2018

900 a week for live in I got payed from last job.

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The pay rate for most Senior care company with contract should be between 20.00 to 30.00 an hour. This is also something to think about if it is for a female member of the family you would prefer a female caregiver in case bathing is required. If its for a male member of the family either male or female caregivers is ok. Hope this is helpful.

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Lenora in Shirley, NY
Nov. 28, 2018

The best thing would be to always do a background and DMV check if possible. The person coming into your home should have some type of references. Reach out to those references. You must have a meeting or interview with the person so that you can see how they interact with your loved one this is very important because you want the caretaker to become like a family member and you want and need to feel trust between both parties. Make sure that person you hire has no pressing commitments in their home and is able to stay the evenings that were agreed to. Most people have a cell phone these days and if they don't you can always provide a prepaid service that is inexpensive for the job only. Lenora Perfetto

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User in Palo Alto, CA
Nov. 28, 2018

Hello, My name is Judith K. I am working as a live-in with contact signed by the parties .My fee is $135.00/day ....The Independent Contractor's fee around San Francisco bay are between $145.00-$180.00/day (24 hrs shift),..or $16.00-$18.00/hr....

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I would ask for personal references. I would also pay a minumum of $25 an hour. I pass up anything that is less than that because it's ridiculous to ask someone to assist with bathing, housekeeping and preparing meals for less than that. I think people should want to pay for good care of their parents and children. It's shocking to me when I see $10-$15 an hour. You get what you pay for. Simple as that. I don't think you need a contract. Just commitment. I would also set up a "nanny cam". You can never be too safe. There are nuts out there.

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User in Henderson, NV
Nov. 28, 2018

Yes read their profile and set up a interview that way you can look into their eye, some caregiver you can felt that person If they are a good fit. always check the people they work fore. more experience the better they are.

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I would ask family, friends, coworkers, and paritioners if they know someone who is reliable. I believe the going rate is $15.00 an hour in my experience. I have many clients, that I take care of who pay me $15.00 an hour. I have one client who pays me $20.00 an hour. I believe it all depends on the client who is paying you, and what they can afford, and the person who is willing to accept that amount to do the job. I have never done a live in job that might be a little different. About the contract I have never personally had to sign a contract with any one I took care of, but again I believe it all depends on the client and the individual who will be taking care of client if this is something they want to do. I usually get paid weekly if I do more than one day. If I only do one day for the client they usually pay me the 1 day I work for them. I hope this helps. Holly

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You can have them sign a contract, not all do. Check their references, professional and personal. I myself have a background check, I think that is important. Most jobs are hourly, it is a little different with each circumstance, especially if it is a live in situation. Most caregivers do have a car and a cell.

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Pamela in Rye, NH
Nov. 27, 2018
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Gwen in Abbeville, AL
Nov. 27, 2018

Iam who you are looking for so please don't look any further

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Its always best to hire someone with experience and great references

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Simone in Danbury, CT
Nov. 27, 2018

Hi, I have a good experience with Home Health Care, Companion and also light and deep house cleaning. I speak three languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish. Would be a pleasure to fit the requirements you have. The salary rates are between 20-30 hourelly.

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Hi, I'm a independent Homecare Provider.I provide 24 Hr companionship/Care,Prepare Meals,Light Housekeeping,Alzheimer's/Dementia Care,and Transportation.Certifications- CNA,CPR/First Aid and I have a cell phone. My contact information is.

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As an elder caregiver, I would want to know why the person wants to do be involved in elder care. I believe a gut feeling goes a long way, so definitely meet applicants in person as many times as you can and introduce the caregiver to the elder. The care-giver needs to have a connection with the elder person they will be caring for. The friendship will grow but there needs to be chemistry between people who will be spending time together and it needs to come easy for the caregiver. Nothing can or should be forced!

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User in Knoxville, TN
Nov. 27, 2018

You may want to start with just goggling in your area, make sure you submit for a background check for sure, and the potential care giver should not oppose to the background check, if so thats a red flag, secondly a contract I would request from the care giver, I have my own contract that I present to my clients, and they welcome that, and we have a GREAT understanding initially upfront, I have no problems with my client. I respect my clients and above all they respect me on many level. Thank you and I hope you the very best.

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Enla in Somerset, NJ
Nov. 27, 2018

I am a caregiver with great experience looking for live-in work. You can find my profile under my name Enla. Thank you

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Mila in Fair Lawn, NJ
Nov. 27, 2018

Hello, I think I am the right person you are looking for .

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Make sure they give you a resume with previous job descriptions and number reference's to know about the person. as for me i have just what you need i can be a companion and hard worker for whom may need my help i am available for a Job.

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Sosena in Laurel, MD
Nov. 27, 2018

Good morning yes you can find good people for this Job most of the time it is hourly but it can be a set salary or periodic payment as well. As far as a contract not necessarily need it as long as you have a good understanding.

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Elizabeth in Waco, TX
Nov. 26, 2018

Experience is key..

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offer a weekly payment and STATE time off. Check references thoroughly!

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Hello there, Not sure where your at but I would be interested in helping you out. call me sometime lets talk. 727 to to 5 o four six 8

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Amparo in Denver, CO
Nov. 26, 2018

I can help you Monday thru Friday from early morning until six .

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I took care of my sweet mother for twelve wonderful years from December 2000 until her passing in 2012. I loved her so after my dad passed in 2000 I moved back into her home. I wanted to help her in whatever way I could, she developed Alzheimer's for most of that time. When she passed I moved back into my home in La Habra and would enjoy helping a family get through this difficult time in their lives. I've always felt that my communication skills and compassionate nature should be shared with another family. My favorite thing is spending time with your loved one whether it's friendly conversation, watching her/his favorite TV show, looking at her/his garden, reading to her/him or doing a puzzle or craft with her/him they will feel secure and cared for with me. Most recently I took care of a wonderful and amazing 92-year young woman for three and one-half years. When I first took the position, she was frankly in poor health, losing weight, hadn't been to doctor in quite a while, nails long to curling and hair not curled or colored. They thought she was showing signs of Alzheimer's/Dementia and were concerned. As I took her to the doctor he prescribed medications she also had Parkinson's. I know without a doubt that I extended her life the day I started caring for her. Daily activities and personal hygiene were improved under my care. I consider her a dear friend, but her family felt it was time for her to have round the clock care. She is now in a Board and Care home and doing well. My name is Sherry Casey,I am available pretty much anytime in the day. Working with your loved one. I was a Registered Dental Assistant before I took care of my mother. I would enjoy meeting with you first if you'd like. Thank you for your consideration. I live in La Habra. I have recommendations from this family and references also.

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I would suggested providing clear expectation along with responsibilities and what will be included in the live-in position this should all be in the job profile you have created. Then negotiate a fair daily rate of pay. This will allow only serious applicants to apply.

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HI, some tips from my personal experience in this position (live-in) first ask the caregiver/applicant what hours they are willing to commit to. Be sure to make them aware of your hours/needs for care? Do you want them to actually live with your loved one? If so then usually payment adjustments will vary because you are providing room and board. Also let the applicant meet with the loved one or friend in need of care so you or your loved one can decide if the applicant is a good fit in terms of communication, and activities of daily living, in other words if the situation is comfortable for both the recipient and the provider/applicant. And most importantly Vet the applicant ? Driving record current, Levell2 background check, SS# and and type of medical licensing should be made available to you upon request before hiring.

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Anna in Camino, CA
Nov. 25, 2018

When it comes to live-in positions things can become tricky, the key is communication! When everyone is on the same page it makes life so much easier. I would absolutely recommend signing a lease with stipulations and position requirements. A tidy middle age professional who can offer some companionship and light housekeeping sounds like the perfect fit for you. Best of luck!

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User in Bedford, TX
Dec. 11, 2018

Take your time and meet each person. Trust your instincts (not necessarily their credentials. Make sure they have "HEART!"

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I would think it would be very important to carefully check personal hygiene, and are they driving a decent vehicle? Maybe have them work for a week or two and make sure things are clicking before making it a live in situation.

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