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How to choose a senior caregiver in Thailand?

20 April 2018

How to choose a senior caregiver in Thailand?

Hello, today I would like to share some easy tricks to everyone on how to choose a caregiver for an elderly. The tricks are just as simply as buying a fish in the market.

With my own field of experience more than 2 years on an elderly caregiver selection, as well as I have a grandmother with her illness is a stroke in the brain. These experiences make me understand the situation where many families are now experiencing which is “who should I find to taking care of my mother or grandmother”. At home, where everyone is in working age, they are generally busy, and have no time to pay attention to those elder people closely. Transferring them to a nursing home, surely the relatives will complain about it. Or even sometimes, the elderly rejected by themselves to move to a nursing home. Therefore, hiring a good caregiver is the best way of solving this problem.

You can search for a caregiver from Google or ask someone who has used the service before. Both ways will give you hundreds or thousands of the options, to find the price that your family can afford.

And once when you already find a caregiver, to check if he or she is okay or not. You can easily check it out by following these steps, 

  1. Dressing

If you hire him, and he says that he has worked for a long time. When he comes to meet you, he must be dressed in a polite shirt with sleeves, long trousers and heels covered shoes. In this way, if he is not wearing any jewelry, it is considered excellent. But if he wears non-strap sandals or wearing only a little jewelry it is still fine.

  1. Speaking

The caregiver must not speak in a roundabout way, and must easily talking to, straight forward answering questions, speaking tone is not rough and talking politely. To check this, we can try by asking some simple questions. For example, what kind of job you have ever done before? Who do you usually living with? Or let him greetings the patient in front of us to see the interaction. If during the answering to the question he said something else that does not match, or if he complains about the problems he met or about his old boss. Maybe we need to consider that do we really in a hurry to use this person?

  1. Appearance

In this section, there are many families that looking for a caregiver with a good looking. I got to ask why do you need this for?! In this part, it is not very necessary. There are many people that do not looking good but they can perform their tasks better and work harder more than those looking good people. However, the shapes and symptoms of a caregiver sickness must be more concern in this section, his skin has a leprosy or not, does he look like a drug user or not, is he too fat or too thin to be unable to taking care of the patient or not, or does he meet the standard of politeness or not, he should not come in and walking around like his own home, this is too much, unacceptable.

 

 

  1. Personality

This is probably the hardest part, but to do the primary observation. It can be done basically by just take a little stay back, and observing at every action that the caregiver would do to the patient, if he asks the patient or tell the patient before he does any actions, he is passed. It means he care about the details, it is like he knows what the patients prefer to do and not too. This considered as a good level. But in the other habits, if it does not affect the patient, it is better to just give some warnings.

  1. Working skill

If you do not know about how to take care of the elders, that’s not a problem for this, If you are sick for the first time and still staying in the hospital. You better let the caregiver start doing their job over there and let the nurse check the caregiver’s performances. Or if you have moved back to your home already, you may check the caregiver by let him or her do some simple things such as supporting the patient when sitting or walking is it fluent or not. You can check the skill by only let the caregiver do the basic physical therapy, it will show if he is doing his work softly or not. And if he has never been through this kind of job before, he would have jumble around the patient bed, or he will be on a panic when the patient shouted from the pain (normally patients will feel pain when having a physical therapy), or he forcefully pulling the arms or legs of the patient.

These 5-simple basic tricks do not require any skill, follow this so you can easily select the basic caregiver, the other conditions and requirements might be depending on each family. For this reason, finding the caregiver will be more difficult depending on this as well. No one is perfect at everything. Finally, I wish every family to have a good caregiver. Best take care and pay attention to your loved ones as well.

* Before approval for work. Do not forget to check the Identification card (ID Card). And ask for a copy of the ID card too.

Let a professional from Health at Home help you find the best and safest caregiver for your elderly at home at >> www.healthathome.in.th.