There comes a point when you may recognize that your loved one requires constant supervision and/or assistance with everyday activities.  You may also realize that to take care of any business outside the home you may need to hire some help.  Below is a list to help you with the process of looking for help.

  • Assess your home care needs
    • Person care: bathing, eating, dressing, toileting
    • Household care: cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping
    • Health care: medication management, physician’s appointments, physical therapy
    • Emotional care: companionship, meaningful activities, conversation
  • Write a job description
    • Health care training (what level and what type – nurse aide, registered nurse, etc.)
    • Driving (car needed or only valid driver’s license)
    • Ability to lift care recipient and/or operate special equipment
    • Experience with people with memory impairments and/or other disabilities
    • Language skills
    • Any other special skills needed
  • Develop a job contract
    • Name of employer and "household employee"
    • Wages (including tax withholding, mileage, meals, vacation, holidays)
    • When and how payment will be made
    • Hours of work
    • Employee’s Social Security Number
    • Duties to be performed (job description)
    • Unacceptable behavior (smoking, abusive language, tardiness)
    • Termination (how much notice, reasons for termination without notice)
      • Dated signatures of employee and employer
  • Find the right home care worker
  • Locate resources in your community
    • Lists of home care agencies
    • Tax help for seniors
    • Places to advertise in your community
  • Interview the applicant
    • Where have you worked before?
    • What were your duties?
    • How do you feel about caring for a disabled person? Or a person with memory problems?
    • Have you had experience cooking for other people?
    • How do you handle people who are angry, stubborn, fearful?
    • Do you have a car? Would you be able to transfer someone from a wheelchair into a car or into a bed?
    • What days and hours would you be available? How many hours per week?
    • Is there anything in the job description that you are uncomfortable doing?
    • Can you give me two work-related and one personal reference?