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Outsourcing Care

As hard as you try, you might not be able to provide enough or the right kind of care, even with support from your family. You need to know your choices, how to find excellent help, what questions to ask, and most importantly, how to discuss this new stage with your parents.

Getting the right amount of help.

Who can predict if someone is going to get ill or need extra support? Whether your parent lives with you, alone or in some other arrangement, there’s a good chance that at some point they may need a paid caregiver—whether it’s two hours a day, 10 hours a week, 24/7 or even just occasionally.

Meeting evolving needs.

Caregiving is challenging because the kind of help your parent needs today may be different six months from now. That, in turn, may change again. And so may the way you find that care. Finding a caregiver who has great compatibility with Mom and Dad compounds the challenge. The best outcome occurs when the professional caregiver feels like part of the family.

What’s important is that you know your options and the questions to ask caregivers and/or employment agencies so that you get the right fit.

Need help with any of these?

In-Home Care Options & Costs

Personal aide?
Homemaker?
Home health aide?
Certified nursing assistant?
Understand the differences and costs.
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Finding Help

Decide whether to use an agency, locate professional help on your own, or go the online caregiver matchmaking route. What to expect and how to weigh the pros and cons.
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Questions To Ask Before Hiring

Getting the right caregiver depends on asking the right questions. What are those questions? You’ll find a list for all scenarios, from interviewing on your own to hiring through an employment agency or taking the hybrid online approach.
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Talking to Parents About Help

Talking about hiring helps is about as easy as the dreaded driving talk. To have a productive conversation, you’ll need a strategy and sensitivity
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