Given these numbers, we probably all know at least one person who is, or has been, a caregiver.
Consequently, the number of available senior living communities, home care agencies, elder care professionals and caregiver resources has grown to meet the exploding demand. But more options doesn’t mean it’s easy to find what you need. If anything, the abundance of choices makes it more difficult to find the right community, caregiver or blog.
Why not ask a trusted friend, colleague or contact experienced in caregiving for a recommendation? Ask around at church, in your neighborhood, at the office, or at local businesses where you have a relationship with the vendors (i.e. restaurants, libraries, salons, grocery stores). Tap into your formal and informal networks, including social media (get our tips for using social media to find senior care here).
This is not to say you should take a friend or colleague’s recommendation as the final word. If your neighbor suggests a home care agency, do your own research before calling for an appointment. If a coworker recommends a local assisted living community, you should still visit in person to be sure it’s a fit for your family member.
Your turn: How did you choose a community or care provider for your loved one?