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7 Tips for Shifting from Family Care to A Paid Senior Caregiver

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Even the most dedicated family caregivers may, at some point, need to make room

for paid caregiving services if it is in the best interest of an elder loved one. Needs,

goals, and health concerns can change rapidly for both the Florida senior and the

family caregiver. While understanding the need for a paid caregiver does not mean

the transition will be easy, it may be the right thing to do for you and your family.

Let us share seven tips with you to help you make the best transition possible when

it comes to shifting from a family caregiver to a paid one.

1. Learn when to hire a paid caregiver. Two of the main signs that it is time to hire a

paid caregiver is when the demands of caring for an elder loved one become too

great for the caregiver to manage alone, or when the dynamic is no longer safe.

2. Do not let feelings of guilt stop you. A caregiving transition can induce feelings

of failure and guilt, as if a family member is somehow abandoning an elder loved

one. Those feelings can be overcome by knowing that you are actually tending to

an aging adult’s best interests.

3. Do not allow family conflict to impede care. Clear communication and mature

compromise among adult family members is essential. If disputes persist, consult an

independent third-party expert, such as an elder care attorney for impartial


4. A durable power of attorney can help. A durable power of attorney allows for a

trusted confidant to make decisions about an aging adult’s long-term care needs,

including hiring caregivers and working with long-term care providers.

5. How to find a quality caregiver. One way is to contact a home care agency

located near an elder family member, another is to ask family, friends, and

associates who have been in similar situations for recommendations.

6. What to look for when hiring a senior caregiver. Make sure a prospective

caregiver is appropriately licensed and insured to perform the services you are

hiring him or her to do. Even if he or she has all the proper credentials, you will also

need to find the right personality fit.

7. Understand how much hiring a caregiver costs. Costs depend on several factors,

such as whether you hire a caregiver yourself or through an agency, and what

particular services an elder loved one needs.

These are just a few tips to get you started in your transition. We know that this

article may raise more questions than it answers. Do not wait to contact our law

office and schedule a meeting to discuss your concerns today.


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