Hiring and Utilizing (Respite) Sitters
Hospice article on what to do when hiring outside help, interviews,
references, putting in writing what you expect from them, etc.
Hospice article: Exploring Home-Care Options; Writing A Job Description;
Looking For Help At Home; Interviewing The Applicant; Investigating Legal Issues; Making Your Home Care Situation Work
Unfortunately, though, long-term home care is not always a practical solution.
Home care may be sufficient and affordable if one needs help with some physical movements around the home -- bathing and getting
meals, for example -- or with exercise or physical therapy or monitoring a chronic health condition. But if one needs extensive
medical treatment, or close monitoring for many hours each day, the difficulty of arranging different types of care may make
home care impractical -- and the cost may become prohibitive. In most cases, long-term home care also requires family members
who can fill in gaps that the outside care services do not cover. For many people without such family assistance, long-term
home care is simply not an option........