There comes a time in every senior’s life when they may not be capable of caring for themselves the way they once could. If dealing with disability or disease, a senior needs special care from someone who is patient and able to assist them with their needs. For some seniors not being able to use the restroom or bathe on their own can be frustrating. It can be equally difficult on the senior’s family. You want to take care of your parent, but have other responsibilities like work and children. If your parent is in need of special care, reach out for assistance.

Doing the research to find a person who will be patient and sensitive to the senior’s needs is of the utmost importance. Luckily, some insurances cover senior care and offer great plans. In some cases you may not have an insurance that covers senior assisted living. It may be a good idea to search for a caregiver on a reputable website that offers multiple options that fit your senior’s specific needs.

The following are some good resources to look into:

Care.com This site offers a number of resources, including childcare, housekeeping, and even dog sitting. The site allows you to create a membership profile to search for the right caregiver that will fit your specific needs. You can run a background check on possible caregivers and ask for their references. The site also offers practical advice and resources to help you find the perfect caregiver for the senior in your life.

Caregivers.com You can find a caregiver and pay easily and conveniently. The application process is thorough, but offers the best service to find the most appropriate helper for your senior. The caregiver goes through a screening process that includes state nurse’s aide registry and driving history check.

Agingparentsandeldercare.com This site not only offers resources for finding the best caregiver for seniors, but it also offers insurance advice, practical daily living solutions, and support groups for caregivers and families.

Determine the senior’s specific needs

Research is the first step. The second step is to determine what your specific needs are. How many days a week will you need a caregiver? What specific needs does the senior have that might require special help? Does the senior have a medical or special needs? You want to find someone who is certified and trained to handle the senior’s needs. Professionalism is the number one thing to look for. You want a caregiver who will be present and patient. You want to avoid drama.

Once you find the right caregiver, you can plan a good schedule that will make life easier for the senior in your life. Sit down with the caregiver and let them know your expectations. Create a clear schedule that will inform the caregiver what his or her duties are. Elderly life should be a peaceful and restful time. As a daughter or son, or family member, you want to make the senior that you love feel safe and secure. Provide them with a positive and peaceful environment where they will know they are well cared for, loved and appreciated.