Once you’ve been approved for PCA services, it’s time to start thinking about the individual who will be providing at-home care for you. Since you will be spending quite a bit of time with this person, it is important to find someone that you are comfortable around.
Your first and best option when searching for a personal care assistant is to hire someone you already know. People are most comfortable with someone they are familiar with, and in Minnesota, you can have your friends or relatives as your paid caregiver. According to the National Center on Caregiving, friends and relatives provide the majority of personal care service in the U.S. If you have someone in mind, we will hire and train him or her to become a home care professional for you.
Your second option is to let a home health care company (like Best Care) do the work for you. Our employees complete extensive PCA training to ensure the most professional in-home care available; however, this doesn’t mean every individual is the same. Best Care’s employees come from all backgrounds and personal philosophies, so you will have the opportunity to interview multiple candidates to find a match. The goal of this process is to find a home care professional that you feel comfortable with and can trust.
To help get a feel for your compatibility with the PCA candidate, ask:
- What experience do you have in this field?
- What qualities do you feel make you a great PCA?
- What is your favorite and least favorite part of this job?
- Situation specific questions – such as food prep abilities, managing money, and availability during the week.
It’s important to view this meeting as a job interview, but also as a conversation. Be sure to tell the candidate about yourself and your expectations during this time so they can better understand your home care needs.
Whichever option you choose, Best Care is ready to work with you at every step of the process. Whether your care assistant is a friend, relative or one of our trained professionals, rest assured that you will receive the best home care available. Contact us today!