Caregiving Help on the Net
Experts say it's vital the person considered understands what duties are expected, such as supervision, bathing and light housekeeping. Then develop a contract that includes wages and benefits.
To aid your search, notify friends and trusted neighbors -- or post a bulletin at churches, synagogues and area senior centers. Many area agencies on aging provide registries listing pre-screened in-home care providers. If you're screening an applicant personally, ask about previous work experience and how they would respond to various stressful situations.
Don't neglect the legal aspect of hiring a caregiver, experts say. Make sure your homeowner's insurance covers in-home employees, and that you understand the tax implications of becoming an employer.