Lois Wyse: Finding Caregivers
DEAR JL: The best place to begin a search is among friends who may have needed similar services and can provide names of trustworthy people. Next I would recommend calling her doctor (doctors frequently have lists of people available for part-time help). Third, call the local Visiting Nurse office and ask for recommendations. You might also contact any church or club group where she is a member and see if they know a qualified person. If all that fails, consult the Yellow Pages under household help. I do not recommend that you advertise for someone because interviewing and checking references takes a great deal of time. Costs for part-time caregiving are usually based on an hourly fee, will vary in different cities and will also change depending on the qualifications of the caregiver.
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