What is a Caregiver?
Fundamentally, a caregiver is someone who provides care to another person or persons in need of assistance.
This can be a nurse, doctor, certified nursing assistant, or family caregiver. Professional in-home caregivers, also known as home care aides, primarily provide assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (daily human functions such as hygiene, eating, bathing, and toileting).
Caregivers can provide care just about anywhere including in the home, hospital settings, or assisted living facilities.
What type of care do Family Resource caregivers provide?
Private duty home care agencies, like Family Resource Home Care, employ caregivers who provide non-medical assistance to the benefit of individuals, couples, and family members needing respite. Our caregivers assist with ADLs, offer companionship, provide transportation, plan and prepare meals, clean and organize the home, set reminders for medications, ensure the safety of the client, and much more depending on the client’s specific needs. Caregivers are also trained and often experienced with ailments related to aging like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Oftentimes, caregivers are hired simply to provide social support and mental stimulation. They can help keep clients engaged in mentally stimulating activities such as conversation, games, hobbies, or exercise. Caregivers can be scheduled any time from 2 to 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
The care provided is based on each individual client’s care plan, a plan of care written by our Client Care Supervisors in collaboration with the client, their family members, which may also include physicians’ directions. Each client has their own unique care plan tailor-made to their unique health and lifestyle needs.
Is there a screening process for Family Resource caregivers?
We select our caregivers with the utmost care and excel at finding the right match between clients with caregivers. Prior to hiring, we perform thorough reference and criminal background checks, on a local and national level. We verify Social Security numbers and work eligibility. In addition, our caregivers receive training in a classroom setting and on-site in care facilities and client homes. Almost all have certification as a Home Care Aide or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Our caregiver managers provide ongoing caregiver supervision and stay in regular contact with clients and families.
But nothing, however, can substitute for experience and compassion. Many caregivers have been with us for 8, 10, even 15 years. The commitment, support, and respect we give our caregivers, including industry-leading pay and benefits, has produced a skilled, dedicated, responsive, and loyal staff. At Family Resource our caregivers are our employees, and we are responsible for their pay.