So many questions: Matching a caregiver with a patient

This article came out a few years ago, but it’s a decent read and a good conversation starter.

While skills count for a lot, so much of a good caregiver/recipient match is harder to quantify. It sure isn’t something you’d find on a questionnaire. It’s almost like choosing a potential spouse; an I-know-it-when-I-see-it thing.

So when choosing a potential caregiver (or client) you’ll end up asking a lot of questions. And maybe just sitting down with the person and getting acquainted.

From the article:

Ask lots of questions … for instance, does the person who will be cared for have certain pet peeves that can’t be tolerated? Does he or she feel more comfortable with a man or a woman working in this very crucial job? How about likes and dislikes? Do the two people have enough in common?

In addition, is there a style of care that is preferred? For instance, does the client feel better having a helicopter caregiver or someone who is not always hovering around when there’s nothing to be done at that moment?

Basic chemistry.

If, say, you’re vetting caregivers for a loved one, the author suggests having the candidate sit down with the person. See how they get along, how they relate. They’re going to be working together in close quarters, so the chemistry has to be there.