You weren’t sure whether hiring a live in caregiver was the right idea for your mother and even though she thought it would be a good idea, it turned out to be a disaster. First, you tried to save money by hiring an inexperienced college age girl. That doesn’t mean that it was going to be a disaster, as there are plenty of college age individuals who make great caregivers.
The problem is that you didn’t spend much effort trying to determine if she was responsible, or if she actually had experience with this type of work, as she claimed on her application and resume. You interviewed her and thought she was sweet and kind and soft spoken. You figured that she would get along well with your mother and that she would respect the house and basic rules and whatnot.
Well, that didn’t work out too well and you’ve had to fire her. That didn’t even go so well, but at last she finally got the rest of her things out and you’re wondering what to do now.
What you’re experiencing is what far too many families face when considering live in care for seniors for their loved ones. They choose to hire someone independently, thinking that they will save money over having one placed in the home through an agency. They conduct interviews but don’t really check to see if the individual has actual experience or not.
Then they find out that it wasn’t the best decision that they had made. There’s no need to worry about that. And there’s no reason to write off having a live in caregiver for your mother.
Contact any local home care agency, find out if they place live in care providers with seniors and then work on finding the right one for your mother. These agencies usually conduct thorough interviews and background checks on the people that they hire. They also will sometimes provide ongoing training so that you’ll know your loved one is getting the best possible care at all times.
Just because the live in caregiver you hired the first time didn’t work out, that doesn’t mean none of them will. It’s important to get right back out there and look for the ideal caregiver for your mother. When you find the perfect one, you’ll know it. Even if she’s not perfect, in most likelihood she is going to be ideally suited to support your mother around the clock.
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