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A Simple Checklist When Hiring Home Care Support

Home Care for Seniors in Metuchen NJ

When you’re set to hire a home care aide, either for yourself, a family member, or to help a friend, you may not know where to start. Having a checklist handy will certainly help. Below are a few things to consider when looking into hiring a caregiver, whether it’s for an elderly individual or a younger adult dealing with injuries sustained in an accident or some type of disability.Home-Care-for-Seniors-in-Metuchen-NJ

Hire through an agency.

You will have the option of hiring independently or through an agency. The best option is always to go through an agency.

If you hire an independent caregiver, it will be your responsibility to interview them, check their references, verify their previous employment, and maybe even check their background to make sure they don’t have a criminal history.

More and more agencies are providing these services already, especially when they hire new prospective home care aides.

Include the senior in the process.

If it’s an elderly individual for whom you are seeking assistance, include him or her in this process. Never make this decision for them. Always sit down and talk to them about it and, as long as they are clear and lucid enough to make decisions for themselves, honor their wishes.

If they are adamantly opposed to home care support at this time, don’t force it upon them; instead, learn as much as you can about the benefits these home care aides offer and you may be able to convince them to reconsider in the future.

Ask questions.

If you have questions about a particular caregiver or the services they offer, ask. If you don’t ask because you feel it’s awkward or inconvenient, you may regret it later.

It’s better to ask a question you might view as being inconsequential or even stupid than to ignore it and have regrets later.

Offer information.

Share as much relevant information as you can with a prospective home care aide or agency. The more information they have, the easier it will be for them to provide optimal levels of service.

Consider personalities.

Does the personality of the prospective home care aide fit well with the client? If it doesn’t, and you contact an agency, you will likely have other options.

Think about availability.

You want this home care aide to be available when the client needs it. For example, if the caregiver is only available in the afternoon, but the client needs help getting out of bed in the morning, that’s not going to work for very long at all.

Experience can make a world of difference.

The more experience a home care aide has, the easier it will be for him or her to provide an optimal level of support and assistance to their clients, whether they are elderly or quite a bit younger.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care for seniors in Metuchen, NJ, please call the caring staff at Key Home Care. Serving Metuchen and Surrounding Communities For Over 14 Years. Call Today (732) 205-1635


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Sharon Muenster

Owner at Key Home Care
Sharon received a BS degree in Business Administration and began working in banking and various financial institutions before opening her first home care agency in 2002. After living through watching her mother take care of her grandmother and great aunt in her home, with the help of a caregiver, Sharon saw the need for this service. She researched all the options available to people and then decided to open her own company so she could not only provide caregivers to families but also be a resource for families in the same situation her family was in.

After 14 years in business, Sharon fully immersed herself in the senior community. She became the president of the Senior Commission in her home town of Metuchen, NJ. She is also on the Accessibility Commission in Metuchen. Sharon has been a member of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce since 2002.

Sharon grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and moved to Metuchen in 1999.

Sharon has learned a lot about the needs of seniors and their families. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be handled individually. Sharon likes to get to know her clients by communicating with them and finding out what would make their difficult situation a little more pleasant.

In her free time, Sharon has two children that keep her busy and enjoys playing tennis whenever she can.

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