April 6, 2012

Happy Friday, everyone! Before you break for the weekend, we have just one more questions you should ask a potential caregiver when considering his or her services for your loved one. As you may know, these questions specifically apply to caregivers who are referred by a home care provider — this saves you the time and stress of dealing with administrative tasks like screening, hiring and paying the caregiver directly.

Our last questions covered screening, security, sick days and service agreements. The fifth and last one is crucial to a satisfying home care experience for both you and your loved one:

5.    How do you guarantee the most appropriate caregiver for my loved one’s needs, preferences and situation?

The home care provider you work with should make an effort to provide for the individual preferences of caregiving. Each care recipient is unique — from his or her personality to the services and level of care he or she needs.  Home care is not a blanket service, and should never be treated that way.

At Griswold, we understand — not only from years of caregiving experience, but also from an awareness of human nature — that the success of a relationship depends on the personal and behavioral aspects of each individual involved. That’s why we take pride in our CarePairing™ Process, which starts with a 90-minute discovery session to determine the level of care your loved one requires. Then, from this assessment, we’ll draw up a personalized care proposal and match your loved one with the most appropriate caregiver for your loved one. This process takes into account personal preferences, including: similarity in social history, behavioral styles, cognitive ability, personality, communication style, values and humor.*

When it comes to home care, it’s the small things — like similar senses of humor and shared hobbies — that make the experience exceptional for both your loved one and the caregiver. We know as well as you do that the extra effort it takes to make small miracles happen — like when a caregiver becomes a trusted companion, a source of hope and even a best friend — is well worth it.

*The caregivers we refer have experience with chronic conditions or special needs such as Alzheimer's, ALS, MS, hospice, as well as those who need assistance with ambulation, transportation, specific meal preparation or personal care. If applicable, our CarePairing Process accounts for these critical conditions first and foremost.

Feel free to check out our website and learn more about our other practices — in addition to the CareAssure™ Screening, Family Feedback, ValueCare Commitment™ and CarePairing — that ensure exceptional care!

We hope you feel confident to crack the caregiver code with these five crucial questions! And if you still feel unsure, we’re happy to give you the information you need for a peaceful transition into home care for your loved one.

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