Integrated Wisdom

The Hired Caregiver Dilemma  

There are online companies that connect family employers with potential caregivers. A variety of options are available to assist you in finding a caregiver, provide online tools for payroll and background checks such as at Care.com. Some online companies combine the convenience of an internet search and agency oversight. These companies, such as Honor.com, are the employer of the caregivers, provide convenient online communication with caregivers and instant customer feedback. Check for availability in your region.

​Take the time to think through this process. Be flexible in your decision-making. The health and daily needs of a person aging at home can change suddenly. Realize that as things change with your elder, so will your approach.

Amanda Lambert and Leslie Eckford are the co-authors of “Aging with Care: Your Guide to Hiring and Managing Caregivers at Home” (Rowman and Littlefield, November 2017).
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