Hiring a Caregiver

AWARENESS: IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING HIRING A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL VS. USING AN AGENCY, HERE ARE SOME FACTS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER: The state of Virginia regulates the home care industry just as strictly as insurance companies are regulated. This should give you a peace of mind to know the accountability level a home care agency must submit to. 1 – It is a Virginia state law to treat a domestic worker as an employee. A domestic worker is any person you hire privately to help you privately. It could be a lawn worker, painter, caregiver, etc. 2 – If you have more than 2 people helping you, you are required to carry workers compensation on them. You must pay their taxes and issue a W-2. 3 – You must be able to prove the individual is a US citizen or has the right to work in the U.S. There are appropriate forms to file for this. 4 – You must post the same labor posters in your home that an agency is required to post. 5 – You are liable should the individual get injured in your home or on your property. The penalty for not having Workers Compensation is huge if you have more than 2 individuals working privately for you. 6 – Before hiring anyone off the street, make sure you get their permission to run a criminal and sexual offender background on them. 7 – Before allowing the individual to drive you around, make sure you know what is on their driving record. Also, find out if they have auto insurance coverage. Using a home...

Pro-Active Care-Giving

Serving the elderly requires energy and creative ideas to enhance stimulation in their every day life.  When the caregiver shows up with a schedule of activities, it can bubble up a level of excitement within the elderly person.  At first, the senior may resist but deep down most are bored and would love to be stimulated on something other than sugar.  When an idea is presented with enthusiasm, who wouldn’t want to participate.   It is easy for a caregiver to get bored while serving the elderly if they are not motivated and inspired themselves.  Each day is full of its own experiences, some good and some not so good.  When we take the time to experience each part of the day, we become awakened to life itself and manifest joy even when the way may be difficult.  We will never get to experience today again as it will be gone tomorrow, so let us strive to enjoy the brilliance of living every day.    Get excited as you plan your weekly set of activities for the elderly client you will be working with.  Perhaps Monday is spa day, Tuesday is readers club, Wednesday is meditation time, Thursday is lunch out or picnic in the home if client is unable to travel, Friday is music day and the list grows and grows.  Give each day a theme day and use your creativity to design the activity around the likes of the elderly home bound client.   Present with excitement in your voice the weekly schedule of activities and/or events to the elderly person you are helping.  Be prepared to...