Becoming a legal caregiver can be beneficial to both you and your loved one if done correctly. It provides extra steady income for yourself, as well as comfort for the senior that you are taking care of.
After you have decided that you are ready to become a caregiver, your senior should get a diagnosis from his or her PCP (primary care practitioner) or a specialist, talk to another family member or friend of the senior with the senior to discuss backup care plans (just incase you, as the caregiver, have an emergency or fall sick), and discuss finances with your senior. Identifying what tasks need to be done for your senior and what will be done by your senior independently with little to no supervision is also very important.
Once you and your loved one have discussed in detail what you both are willing to work on together, you should contact an agency (such as Tradition Home Care) that you trust to help you get all of your paperwork together and finish the process smoothly.
For more information and questions on home care, contact Tradition Home Care, endorsed by New York for Seniors.
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