As your parents and loved ones reach the later stages of their lives, you may notice that they are no longer capable of ensuring their own safety without the assistance of others. Perhaps they only need a loved one to stop by and check on them from time to time, or, in the more concerning cases, perhaps they need round-the-clock care to ensure their safety. Regardless of the level of care, as a family member who is looking out for your loved one’s best interest, you want to ensure that the care they receive is the best that money can buy. Oftentimes, however, there may not be sufficient money to buy the best care possible. Instead, you are trying to find the best caregiver with the savings available, in the hopes that your loved one’s savings do not run dry. In trying to identify the best caregiver possible for your loved one, don’t let first meetings and looks and personality be deceiving. It is imperative you do your due diligence: ask for recommendations, ask how the caregiver applicant reacted to certain scenarios in the past, and be clear on what you expect from the caregiver.
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