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Caregiver Selector Tool

Caregiver Selector Tool

Do you need an easy yet effective way to identify and locate the best types of caregivers to fit your needs? Simply check off the following caregiving tasks required, press submit, and the results will show you the best caregiver matches. Your caregiver profile will also determine whether a medical or non-medical Home Care Agency is most appropriate. Our Caregiver Selector Tool saves time and reduces confusion in understanding the various duties and qualifications of numerous home healthcare professionals. Hiring the most suitable caregiver corresponding to your needs may also translate into employing the most affordable one. Your caregiver selector results will give you answers to help prepare you for next step of actually hiring home care assistance.

Household Tasks

Light Housekeeping: clean and keep tidy all living areas
Laundry: wash and change bed linens and launder personal
Meals: cook, grocery shop, prepare food ahead for later meals
Organization: bill paying, banking, mail sorting, other home maintenance

Transportation, Companionship, Safety

Transportation: drive and escort shopping, errands, bank, dr appointments
Companionship: encourage social participation, escort on outings and to recreational events, everyday stimulating conversation, phone call assistance
Safety: supervise in home to avoid falls, household accidents and ensure easy access to emergency contacts

Personal Care

Eating: assist feeding, provide nutritious meals and adequate fluids
Bathing: assist bathing, transferring in/out tub/shower, bed-baths as needed
Dressing / Grooming: assist dressing, glasses, hearing aides, special orthotics (i.e. braces), hair care, shaving, oral hygiene
Ambulation: assist walking, safe use of assistive devices, range of motion and strengthening exercises
Toileting: assist to bathroom, bedside commode, urinal, bedpan usage
Incontinence: assist changing diapers, undergarments, pads, related skin care

Basic Health Monitoring

Skin: monitor for signs of breakdown, apply pressure reduction measures
Nutrition: monitor weight, nutritional intake, adhere to dietary restrictions
Vital Signs: take blood pressure, temperatures, pulses and report changes
Intake / Output: encourage adequate fluids, monitor fluid intake and urine output
Lab Monitoring: perform prescribed blood work and report results to physician

Medication Management

When capable: remind to take medications and follow-up
When Forgetful: give oral medications prepared by responsible party and follow-up
Supplies: manage supply of prescriptions to have all meds on-hand
Teaching: instruct new medications or monitor changes in regime per plan of care, assess response, side effects, and adverse reactions
Injections: administer prescribed injections per authorized plan of care, report side effects, adverse reactions

Mobility

Home Assessment:evaluate home safety needs, arrange for adaptive equipment
Therapy: assess, plan, perform and evaluate physical therapy to regain strength and maximal activities of daily living plan
Teaching: instruct prescribe exercise regime and safe ambulation with/without assistive devices
Assistance: help perform prescribed exercises, report progress to supervisor

Communication

Therapy: assess, plan, implement and evaluate therapy to regain speech, breathing and swallowing function
Teaching: instruct speech therapy regime, evaluate technique and compliance
Assistance: help performing prescribed exercises, report progress to supervisor

Support

Referrals: identify and arrange local resources for home care services, adult daycare, respite, financial assistance and support groups
Intervention: provide family and individual counseling and crisis intervention

Wound and Bedsores

Wound / Bedsore: assess wound, incision or bedsore healing, signs and symptoms of infection and evaluate response to treatment
Teach Care: instruct wound or bedsore regime, evaluate technique, compliance
Treatment: perform wound / bedsore care per prescribed regime, report signs and symptoms infection and progress to supervisor

Alzheimer's

Home Safety: closely supervise for safe environment, secure area with use of monitoring alarm devices to avoid wandering
Emotional Support: provide structured activity at appropriate cognitive level to minimize confusion

Diabetes

New Diabetic: teach special skin care, insulin injection technique, blood glucose monitoring, hypo/hyperglycemia and related emergency protocol
Diet: prepare special prescribed diets, encourage compliance with restrictions
Glucose Monitoring: check blood glucose per orders, report results to supervisor
Insulin: remind insulin injections per prescribed regime, follow-up and report compliance to supervisor

Ostomies: Colostomy, Urostomy

New Ostomy: teach ostomy care, preventive skin care, troubleshooting
Care: assist with ostomy changes, monitoring peri-stomal skin

Feeding Tubes: G-Tube, NG Tube

New Tube: teach pro-active skin care, dressing changes and troubleshooting problems with blockage, tube placement, skin infections
Tube Changes: insert new tube per dr. authorized plan of care and as needed
Feeding: teach tube feeding regime, evaluate competency and compliance
Care: perform daily and as needed dressing changes and skin care to tube site

Catheters: Foley Indwelling and External

New Catheter: teach drainage bag changes and cleaning, securing tubing, trouble shooting dislodged catheters, placement, blockages, drainage amounts
Catheter Changes: insert catheter per authorized plan of care and as needed
Care: perform daily and as needed catheter care including emptying drainage bag, monitoring intake and output, cleaning and securing tubing and bags