What to do when your caregiver can’t work? For those without a plan, it is usually panic. No matter how reliable your caregiver is, it is not a question of if, but rather when they will be unable to come to work.  Here are a few proactive things you do to allow you viable options when that time comes.

Top rated in home care agencies in Richardson, TX such as Care Mountain home health care in Dallas will have plenty of reliable caregivers as backups, so you will never have to worry about being without a caregiver when needed. If you are relying on a family member or other private caregiver, then there are still some important proactive things you can do.

First, ensure the caregiver you are using is highly reliable. At least once a week we get a call from a family member in panic, because their caregiver did not show up that day. Often times as I get to know more facts of the case, I hear they have been tolerating reliability, and other issues with that caregiver for quite some time now, but for whatever reason feel a sense of obligation to that caregiver, and just can’t come around to letting him/her go.  As a result, they have been making all kinds of accommodations for the caregiver to the point that they have been acting in the best interest of the caregiver, over that of the loved one that is being cared for.  I see this a lot! No matter how much you think your loved one can not live without a well like caregiver, my 32+ years in the care giving business says this only holds true up to the point that your loved one meets someone else just as likable – which happens very quick. No matter how good your back up plan is, you increase care risks when using a fill in caregiver, so you want a good reliable caregiver to start.

Second, contact at least three licensed Dallas area in home care agencies and get admitted to their services ahead of time.  It doesn’t cost you anything to get admitted on for services, and you never have to us any of them.  But, you can not just call them up at the last minute and expect them to send someone over without first being admitted to services which requires paperwork and an assessment.  I suggest having at least three agencies in pocket, because the really good ones stay busy and normally do not have caregivers just sitting around waiting for work.  Yes, these agencies have readily available backup, but they are set aside for clients on scheduled shifts.  Chances are though, you will get lucky with at lease one out of your three calls.

Third, know the times of the year and warning signs that warn of an increased likelihood your caregiver may not be able to make it to work.  The times of the year to be most concerned about are around the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, and at the peak in the seasonal time for the cold and influenza viruses.  Changes in a caregiver’s health or new stresses in their personal life, are the other main warning signs to take note of. For the best caregivers, the issues are more likely related to their personal life, than their own health, as they hate to disappoint and will often want to come to work even when not feeling well. Get to know something about your prospective caregivers significant other, because that is more likely going to be the source of any reliability issue – when it’s a really good caregiver.

If it is critical for you to not be without a caregiver, then I would strongly suggest working with a highly reputable home health care agency in Richardson, TX area or a top rated Dallas, TX area in home health care agency such as Care Mountain that has a deep bench of caregivers. It takes an incredible amount of time, effort and luck to find a last minute fill in caregiver all on your own.


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