An amazing articles was written by by Jane Wilkens Michael, from SpryLiving Read her amazing Article below on the scary truth about in-home workers:
When choosing care for your loved one – it is crucial that you do your research to help ensure safe quality care. Here is a horrible story that will help you understand the consequences of “making do”:
“Abigail assumed she had everything under control. Her elderly mother was beginning to get confused and she feared that it was an early sign of dementia. Or worse – Alzheimer’s! But she wasn’t ready – or willing — to put this fiercely independent woman, who still insisted on living alone, in either a nursing home or a long-term care facility. So she did the next best thing. She hired an aide to take care of her during the day.
Abigail had asked the doorman in her building for suggestions, and ended up with a woman who was extremely reliable – or so she had thought! Late one night, she dropped by her mother’s apartment, concerned that she hadn’t answered her phone all evening. Turns out her mother was in bed, fast asleep. All was well. That is, until she heard a rustling in the walk-in hall closet. She opened the door and found, to her astonishment, a woman hiding behind the coats, wearing pajamas.
When she demanded to know what this stranger was doing there, she sheepishly replied: “Well, my cousin is the day caregiver, and when I told her I was evicted from my apartment, she suggested I just spend the nights on your mother’s couch!”
A squatter? In a luxury high-rise in Manhattan? Seriously! Not only did that account for the high food bills, but when Abigail went to check that everything was in its place, she also discovered that the “cousins” had helped themselves to, among other items, a healthy portion of her mother’s antique jewelry, as well as her Chanel handbag and Dior scarf.
Alas, this is not an isolated case. Far from it! Indeed, the in-home healthcare workers industry has been facing a considerable amount of apparently well-deserved negative publicity. One of the most shocking cases happened just two months ago in Detroit. An aide was supposed to be caring for an 80-year-old woman with dementia. Instead, she was only taking care of herself, allegedly stealing more than $1.5 million from the family that hired her. Not only was the caregiver severely neglecting her client, there was even an outstanding warrant for her arrest – issued well before she got the job.
How can this happen?
“It shouldn’t,” says Kurt Kazanowski, the founder of Homewatch CareGivers and a health care executive with more than three decades of experience. “This horrifying story demonstrates how vulnerable the elderly can be and how naïve some families are when hiring a caregiver or home care agency.””
Because our seniors are vulnerable, it is very important that we complete the minimum to ensure the maximum security of our loved ones. Here are a few simple things you can do to at least take care of the basics when hiring care or an agency:
Every employer should preform background checks every 6 months, these should also include a motor vehicle background review. This will help to ensure the genuine character of the person caring for your loved one.
Hiring an in-home healthcare worker is one of the most important decisions a family can make. Even if the aid comes highly recommended and has an impressive résumé, the match needs to feel like a good one to the family, and especially the patient. There may be options, so it is important that you shop around to find the right option for you.
MEET AHEAD OF TIME
Once you decide on a company to wok with, the next step would be to meet with the actual care provider. Its important you know the company you are dealing with, and the person who will be providing your care. Meeting ahead of time will allow you to test the care givers punctuality, professionalism and ability to provide adequate care.
QUALITY ASSURANCE CHECKS
Check to see if the healthcare agency provides quality assurance checks – where they will check in on the caregiver and make sure the care provided is quality. It is important that the care agency is involved in the care – they are the ones controlling the money so it is important that they are also regulating the care.
STATUS REPORTS AND POINTS OF CONTACT
It is important that the care agency you are working with gives you a direct point of contact incase of any emergency, or concerns you want to discuss. The company is responsible for updating you on the status of your loved ones health, and should be in contact with you regularly.
It is crucial that the family members stay involved. Senior’s facing signs and symptoms of dementia are extremely vulnerable and can easily be taken advantage of. It is important that the family stays connected, and checks in on the level of care being provided to ensure cases of abuse are caught on the onset. Monitoring care is not any easy task but it is mandatory if you want to ensure the safety of your loved one.
This article was published on January 30, 2015 – written by Jane Wilkens Michael, from SpryLiving (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-scary-truth-about-in-home-care-workers.html?onswipe_redirect=no&oswrr=1)