5 Signs of a Quality Caregiver: Is Your Loved One in Good Hands?
Trusting your loved one to the hands of a caregiver is never easy and you will always find yourself wondering if you have made the right decision. Finding a good caregiver will give you peace of mind when you’re entrusting the care of a loved one to someone else. In honor of National Caregiver’s Day, February 17th, the elder abuse attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere & Faulkner highlight the five signs of a quality caregiver.
- The Caregiver Is Happy to See Your Loved One
How does the caregiver greet your loved one? Are they excited to see them, or do they treat them like another “job.” A good caregiver has a personal interest in the people who are in their care, and as such will greet them with a smile and a personal greeting.
- The Caregiver Is Following the Care Plan
Your loved one should have a care plan, and any caregivers should follow it to a T. Deviations should not be tolerated unless you have given prior approval for them. After all, your loved one is depending on the caregiver to provide quality, healthy care.
- Your Loved One’s Quality of Life Is Improving
The reason you are bringing in a caregiver is to help your loved one enjoy a better quality of life. If you’re not noticing improvements, then you may not have a good caregiver. From greater enrichment activities to an increased attentiveness to health and hygiene, a quality caregiver is going to make life better for your loved one.
- The Caregiver Offers Great Communication
How much information are you getting throughout the day about your loved one? Communication is the key to building a beneficial relationship with the caregiver and your family. If others are involved in the individual’s care, such as doctors or care managers, then they should be part of the communication loop as well.
- Your Loved One Is Happy and Well-Adjusted
Ultimately, a good caregiver is going to make your loved one feel safe and happy. Of course, there are medical and mental conditions that can make this difficult to determine, but if you’re noticing unusual behavior, withdrawal, reluctance to communicate or actual signs of abuse, then you need to reconsider the caregiving arrangements and contact a team of elder abuse attorneys right away.
Remember, a caregiver is an important team member, but ultimately you are the one with the responsibility of ensuring that your loved one’s needs are being properly met. If you suspect that a caregiver is not providing the appropriate care for your loved one, or you are suspicious of abuse, contact the team at Garcia & Artigliere & Faulkner immediately for a free case review. Our elder abuse attorneys are here to help you fight for your loved one and ensure quality care for them.