Home Caregivers: Warning Signs

July 27, 2018

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” This idea is attributed variously to Churchill, Pope John Paul II, Dostoyevsky, Truman, Gandhi, Jesus, and others. In the United States right now, there is a rampant problem with how we are caring for the elderly, particularly for those suffering from dementia and other disabilities. In-home care is one of the most common forms of long term care in Oregon right now and problems are increasingly becoming evident.Helping an elderly patient

A recent study by Northwestern University examined the screening practices of agencies that hire and place “formal” in-home caregivers for older adults. The interviewers questioned the agencies about their hiring methods, screening measures, training practices, skill competencies assessments, and supervision. After reviewing the data, the researchers’ conclusion was “Using an agency to hire paid caregivers may give older adults and their families a false sense of security regarding the background and skill set of the caregiver.”

Inadequate screening, inadequate training, placing a caregiver with a drug problem or criminal background, or many other problems with the caregiver could lead to abuse or neglect of an older adult. If you believe you, a parent, or a loved one have been abused or neglected by a caregiver, contact an attorney. We offer a free initial interview and can advise you about your rights.

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