Caregogi is a senior care resource that you can use to streamline the process of finding a senior caregiver. You will be much more successful if you know some basic strategies for finding the best caregiver for your aging loved one. Here are some best practices for utilizing Caregogi to find your perfect caregiver.
Give yourself time to Search
Now that you have a clear idea of what you want in a caregiver you can log on to Caregogi and begin the search. Know that it can take days or even weeks to begin care with a senior caregiver. You will have to set up interviews and introductions, so allow yourself time to do these things. If you wait until the last minute to begin your search for senior caregivers, you will set yourself up for failure.
We recommend that families start planning care when their aging loved one reaches the age of 75. While home care does not need to begin at that age, a dialogue regarding expectations should. When it does come time for home care to begin, allow yourself two weeks minimum to make arrangements.
Know what you are looking for
Before you begin to search for senior caregivers, you should have an idea of what you want in a caregiver. Senior caregivers come with a variety of skill sets. Each individual caregiver has something unique they bring to the table. Sit down with your care team and solidify your non-negotiable requirements.
Some things to consider when developing your requirements list are:
- Your ideal schedule
- The specific skills you need a caregiver to have
- Vehicle accessibility
- Level of comfort with household pets
It is always easier to search for senior caregivers when you know what you are looking for. You can use our Caregiver Requirements Worksheet to help your care team solidify your preferences.
Searching with Caregogi
When you log in with Caregogi, you will likely see hundreds of caregivers in your area who are ranked based on the information you have provided about your aging loved one. At Caregogi we put a great deal of emphasis on choice. However, when you enter a site with hundreds of caregivers the amount of choice can be overwhelming. Use your Care Requirements Worksheet to identify which caregivers meet your needs and save them as your favorite caregivers.
If you are uncertain how to save caregivers, check out this video:
Be Persistent in your Search
There is no guarantee that a caregiver will respond immediately to your messages through Caregogi. We recommend that you be persistent and send messages daily to the caregivers you are interested in. There is nothing wrong with messaging a caregiver 4 or 5 times to ensure that you receive a response.
Always have a backup plan
Even after you find your match you should continue to search for senior caregivers. Personality dynamics can be unpredictable and a caregiver could turn out to be completely wrong for your aging loved one after the first few weeks on the job. Continue to message caregivers to ensure that you are always covered in case of an emergency.
Make the search for senior caregivers easy!
Download our free Caregiver Requirements Worksheet to help your care team understand what your care needs are before you start messaging any caregivers.
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