Choosing a Caregiver in East Grand Rapids, MI- The 5 “Cs”

It is very important to make wise decisions when choosing a caregiver. This is because you will expect him or her to take on the responsibility of taking care of your loved one at all times. It is also better to choose a caregiver who is experienced so that quality and appropriate care is provided to your aging loved one all the times, whether you are present or not.

There are several factors to consider when choosing a caregiver. It’s a good idea to compile a list of some of the qualities, attributes and skills that you will be expecting.

Five most important attributes can be summarized as “the 5 C’s”.

  • Caring
  • Competence
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Compatibility

Caregiver in East Grand Rapids, MICaring

This is a very important and sensitive attribute that you must consider. It is very essential to have a caregiver who will always be there for your aging loved one. The caregiver must show great concern at all times. He or she should always attend to your aging loved one immediately when need arises regardless of how small the issue might be.

Competence

The caregiver of your choice must be one with the required knowledge on how to handle different kinds of situations. You must be sure to check out the credentials of the caregiver you are planning to entrust your loved one with. Experience is required whatever the situation. Find out from the caregiver if he or she has handled cases like yours before and if yes, how did he or she handle the client? If it is a no, let the caregiver explain to you in details how he or she is willing to handle the matter to perfection.

Communication

Communication is a very important aspect to be considered. It will be impossible to work with a caregiver with whom you do not understand each other at all. Before hiring one, check his or her communication skills. This will enable easy communication with your aging loved one when you are not around. You must also ensure that the caregiver and your senior both speak the same language.

Cooperation

An active caregiver who likes to stay busy and work with the family as a team, is the best choice. He or she must be able to always work together with other people, not forgetting the family members, to ensure that the person who needs the care is very safe.

Compatibility

Select a caregiver who will feel comfortable with the family members. Your aging loved one must also be comfortable with the caregiver that you select. Choose one that will easily integrate themselves as a family member.

These are the major factors that you need to put into consideration when selecting a caregiver. Remember the FIVE “Cs”.

If you or someone you know needs help with caregiver services in East Grand Rapids, MI contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 658-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.
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