Matching Caregivers with Clients’ Needs
When a new client is briefing us regarding a loved one’s care needs, we ask various questions in general, and 3 questions with specificity:
1) Ambulating: If the care recipient cannot ambulate without assistance, we need to know their height and weight, and whether any assistive devices are in use, such as wheelchair, gait belt, Hoyer lift, transfer board, and the like. We can then select a caregiver who can suitably attend to him or her.
2) Incontinence: We need to know if the care recipient is incontinent, so that we can adequately brief our selected caregiver.
3) State of Mind: We need to know if the care recipient has memory or other cognitive challenges; that would help us select a caregiver who has that kind of experience.
Criteria We use for Selecting a Caregiver for You
When a new client briefs us with regard to theirs or their loved one’s needs, and once we have received the basic information, we like to ask questions regarding the care recipient’s likes and dislikes in a caregiver who is likely going to spend quality time with him or her. For example, would the care recipient prefer a good reader, a good conversationalist, a religious person, etc.
We first cater to the care recipient’s basic needs in terms of skills and experience, but we also then do our utmost to match him or her with someone whose temperament and talents match the care recipient’s likes and dislikes.
What if I Have Specific Caregiver Requirements?
We listen intently to what you tell us. For example, you might prefer a male vs. a female, or someone who speaks a particular language, or a short or tall person, and so on. We then do our utmost to get back to you with a few caregivers who have those character traits for you to choose from, interview, and hire.
What Caregiver Criteria Do We Use for Steady Shifts?
We short list for you only caregivers who live within commuting distance from your loved one, who would like to work the schedules (number of hours a day) that you need, and whose skill-sets and experience closely match your needs.
How We Schedule Live-ins
To avoid you having to pay excessive amounts in overtime hours worked, and depending on whether you need coverage over weekends as well, we typically cover the week by using two or more recurring caregivers.
Working with More Than One Caregiver
We recommend using more than one caregiver if your needed hours per day and per week get you into excessive overtime wages.
Does a Live-in Schedule Include 2 x 12 Jour Shifts?
Yes, using 2 x 12-hour shifts can be described as a live-in schedule.
Extending an Hourly Shift into a Live-in Schedule
It is better to extend 2 or 3 hourly shifts a day into a live-in schedule when there are savings to be incurred using live-in caregivers. Here are the tax laws governing those two types of care schedules:
Live-out personal attendants: Daily overtime is required for live-out personal attendants if the employee works more than 9 hours in a day or 40 hours in a 7-day workweek.
Live-in personal attendants: Overtime compensation is required for live-in personal attendants if they work more than 9 hours in a day or 45 hours in a 7-day workweek.