Oftentimes, the idea of home health care brings to mind the need for traditional end-of-life care. The truth is, you may need home health care after an injury. You may also need to have home health care for you or a family member for wound-related issues. If you are using freelance or independent caregiver services, locating the right caregiver may be difficult. Here are a few tips to help you find the right caregiver for the wound care you or your family member needs.
The first tip to finding and hiring an independent home health caregiver for wound care is to look at certifications. Someone who is listed as a caregiver with no certifications may not have the training or background you are looking for. Instead, consider looking for people with certifications as a certified nursing assistant or patient care technician. These certifications are sometimes listed as CNA or PCT. This means that the caregiver will have taken basic wound care training and will likely have the abilities you are looking for.
There are many caregiver ads that list their experience as simply working for private clients and families. They may not list what they did while working with these various families or even agencies. Instead, look for the ads and resumes that list more specific items, such as wound care. Also, look for resumes that describe the injuries or the home care of different clients. For example, look for descriptions that state the caregiver worked with a client following an accident where wounds would be present such as car accidents or falls.
You may glance over the supplies list or areas dealing with the supplies the family must provide. Many people do not check this during the initial searching process, since they believe they will discuss caregiver supplies at a later time. Instead, take a look at these sections, or consider asking candidates to answer questions about what supplies they will need. If they list wound care supplies, bandages, or other related items that should be provided by you, then they likely have the experience in wound care you need.
These are just a few tips to help you locate the right home health caregiver for wound care. If you have specific wound care needs or have a combination of caregiver needs make sure to list each option individually. This will help you rule out people that do not meet the qualifications you are looking for. Also, consider a trial period to determine if they are right for the position before settling on one set caregiver.