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Choosing a Live-in Caregiver: Who Will Care for Your Loved One When you Can't

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Statistics show that approximately 80 percent of long-term care provided in the United States is carried out by 44 million American families. But at some point in a family’s life they may be faced with the decision of whether to hire someone as a live-in caregiver.

Perhaps the loved one’s needs are just too great for someone without proper medical or caregiving training. Perhaps the family living situation will not accommodate the extra special needs that caregiving for an adult might require.

One of the main reasons for a live-in caregiver or home care is to provide a loved one with the dignity and comfort of staying in their home as long as possible.

The Job Description of a Live-In Caregiver

It is important to be observant about the needs of our loved ones, to be able to recognize when they need help. Arthritis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are all obvious conditions where coordination and dexterity make bathing and dressing difficult.

Housekeeping, remembering to take medication, grocery shopping may also become challenging and are indicators that help may be needed. Family Care America has a Needs Assessment Worksheet that can help with this at www.familycareamerica.com/

Because each person’s abilities and needs are different, the individual circumstances need to be assessed in deciding whether a live-in caregiver or home care is necessary or beneficial, how much care is needed, and what skills your caregiver needs to have.

A caregiver is defined as “a person ... who helps an older person with activities of daily living, health care, financial matters, guidance, companionship and social interaction. A caregiver can provide more than one aspect of care.”

Depending on your loved one’s particular situation, your live-in caregiver will need to provide a range of services and take on several roles, such as helping with bathing, dressing, cooking, grooming, etc.

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