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6 Tips for Choosing a Respite Care Worker

April 27, 2023

The role of a family caregiver can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. That's why respite care provides temporary relief to help you take a break from your responsibilities. Respite care is a vital resource for caregivers. It provides the necessary support and time off they need to care for their loved ones properly. 

Let’s cover some tips about choosing a respite care worker for your family.

What Is a Respite Worker?

A respite worker provides temporary relief to caregivers responsible for caring for a loved one with a disability, illness, or other special needs. 

Advice for Choosing Respite Workers

Tip 1: Discuss their previous work experience taking care of individuals who have similar needs as your loved one, such as:

  • Autism
  • Dementia
  • Or a Particular Disability

A respite care worker does not necessarily need previous experience with the exact condition to succeed. However, it might be beneficial. As the primary caregiver, you can teach the respite worker how to interact with the care recipient.

Tip 2: A thorough background check is essential to choosing a respite worker. Agencies require extensive background checks for caregivers and respite workers, so if you’re working through an agency, ask about the employment requirements. 

Tip 3: Challenging behavioral issues such as tantrums, biting, kicking, or scratching can be challenging for a new care worker; therefore, ensure your respite worker has the proper training to handle such behaviors. 

Tip 4: Ask about the respite worker’s questions and concerns. As much as you may want the situation to work out, if the worker is open and honest about their issues, you can decide whether the relationship will match.

Tip 5: Discuss scheduling requirements. Let the applicant know precisely what your needs are. It helps if they have some flexibility in their schedule, so you can take a break when you need it the most. 

Tip 6: Ask for work references, which should be employment situations, not personal relations. You can also ask for personal references, but you'll want to know about their work habits, such as:

  • Dependability
  • Timeliness
  • Conscientiousness

Respite care is a vital resource for family caregivers to get the support and time off they need to care for their loved ones properly.

Connect with Best Care

If you have further questions on this topic, Best Care is here to help. Browse our online resources for clients and caregivers. For specific questions, contact us directly! 

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