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Time and again, studies show that the best way to thrive as an aging adult is to have support. It can take a toll on caregivers to look after their loved ones all day, every day. And even more so if you live in another city or state. Finding freelance home care services may be the answer for you and your loved one if you want to maintain independence while also getting the support you need. In this blog post, we’ll share 9 tips for finding freelance home care services that will help you take care of your loved ones while keeping them happy and healthy at home.
Know what you’re looking for
As with any other service provider, you want to be sure to have a good idea of the type of person you’d like to hire. This will help you find the best fit for your loved one and your situation. In addition, knowing what you’re looking for can help you navigate the process of finding and hiring a provider if you’re on a specific budget, for example, or if you’re looking for a certain type of person. This can include everything from availability to experience to the types of services the person provides.
If you’re hiring for more than one type of service, it can be helpful to make a list of the types of providers you’d like to hire. This can help you keep track of everyone you talk to as well as what they provide.
Ask your loved one what they need and want
As you work with your loved one to determine what kinds of services they need and what you can expect from a provider, it’s important to start with listening to them. Ask them what they think they need and what they would like to have. This can help you get a better idea of their expectations and what they would like out of their care. It can also help you identify what you can expect and what your loved one is able to provide for themselves.
Ask your loved one what they think about different types of providers or services. They may have specific ideas or desires based on their situation or past experiences. They may also be able to offer advice and ideas that could help you choose a provider.
Use online marketplaces to find providers
Many marketplaces for freelance home care companies allow you to post whatever details you would like about what you’re looking for. Some may even allow you to post a job listing so that providers can apply for the job directly through the site. Others may allow you to post information about the kind of help you’re looking for and allow providers to contact you directly.
This can be a great way to find specific providers and get details about them, but it can also help you narrow down your choices. You can also use these sites to do some due diligence on providers and even find multiple providers in your area that fit the bill. Make sure to check credentials, reviews, and references.
Check licensing and credentials
In addition to checking the references of potential providers, it can also be helpful to check licenses and credentials. If your state has a licensing board, you can search there to see if any providers you’re considering have their credentials listed. You can also search for organizations that offer credentials like the American Society of Home Care or the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. You may not need to check credentials for every type of service you’re hiring for, but it’s a good idea to check for some.
Be cautious of upfront payments
Be wary of any provider who asks for an upfront payment for services or large payment in the beginning. It is common practice for providers to be paid weekly or monthly, but any large upfront payment could be a red flag. If you are hiring someone to provide care for your loved one, you may be under the impression that they are covered by insurance or have credentials that make them a safe choice. For example, if you are hiring a certified nursing assistant (CNA) to provide care for your loved one, you may assume that they are covered under their medical insurance. Again, always check credentials and credentials to be sure.
Don’t be afraid to ask for Reference Checks
If you have found a provider you like, be sure to ask them if you can check with their past clients. This can be helpful in determining if they are the right fit for your loved one and if the provider is right for you. Any reputable freelance home care company will have nothing to hide and will gladly offer references.
Don’t hire immediately. Trust your gut.
If you’ve found someone who seems like a perfect fit for your situation, you’re ready to hire them, and you’ve done everything you can to make sure they’re the right person, don’t hire them immediately. You may be under a lot of stress, especially if you’re trying to find the perfect fit for your situation. This can cause you to make impulsive decisions that aren’t in your best interest. Be sure to take some time to breathe and think things through.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself
Finally, remember that you’re also a client. If you’re looking for and hiring providers, it can be easy to forget that you need to take care of yourself as well. To be sure you are making the best decision for you and your loved one, you need to be in a healthy and happy place. Take care of yourself as best you can. Get rest, stay positive, and surround yourself with supportive people.