We take the headaches out of employment issues. Our caregivers can be assigned for short term or long term care or companionship. They always remain our employee's, subject to our management and control. We ensure that all legal requirements are satisfied, such as Worker's Compensation Insurance, UIF, SDL and PAYE while the Caregiver is providing care.

REMEMBER that a home care giver is NOT a nursing sister so their abilities are confined to basic home care .This is step down care at a basic level.

Here is a checklist of considerations before starting care:

First consider the actual care needs and write out a list of items that need to be provided. Be able to give an example of a typical day for the care recipient, from the moment they wake up until they go to bed and include a timeline of when they prefer meals, naps and other activities.

How much hands-on care is needed vs. companion care? If more companion care is needed, make a list of possible activities.

Caregivers take care of their own transportation and meals. You will never need to give your carer any money for transport or food. We do ask that you will allow them to make them selves a cup of tea at lunch time and tea times.

Memory Loss
Is there memory loss? If so, has a type of Memory Loss diagnosed (Alzheimer's Disease, Huntingtonís Disease, Dementia, Parkinsonís Disease)?  Blood clots and brain tumors may also cause dementia.
A diagnosis of dementia type will help us to better understand the care needs and assign a Caregiver with the right type of aptitude and training.

How many hours of care per day will you require? Review the list of services you will need performed during the care visit and decide on the minimum number of days per week which would work as a starting point. We do not unfortunately work on an hourly basis so the minimum would be a half day or a full day at a time.
We will need to know the hours and days of service to assign a Caregiver and will allow you to adjust the hours after the first week to accurately meet the care needs.You want to know the home care agency, as a business, is following all the necessary legal requirements so they are liable for the caregiver as their employee and you are not.  Home Care Agencies must hire the Caregiver as their employee and pay for all  taxes and Worker's Compensation Insurance  while the Caregiver is providing care.

Are there any special cooking requirements?
Communicate any food allergies or specific cooking requests and consider how groceries will be purchased or delivered if the care recipient is unable to shop for groceries on their own.

Additional Skills
Are there any "skilled" care requirements, such as taking blood pressure, blood sugar testing, wound care or a feeding tube? These will be ascertained by us when we do the pre assessment .
If there are any others, then please communicate if these specialized services will need to be performed or monitored. Our caregivers do not give injections, attend to intravenous therapy, insert urinary catheters, or are qualified to care for patients with tracheostomies or patients on ventilators.  They are able to monitor vital signs using the clients own digital device, check blood sugars, measure fluid intake and output and empty catheters and colostomies.

Medication Management
What is the care recipients method for managing medications?
Do you know for sure if the medications are currently being taken correctly?
Be able to provide a list of medications and the method of monitoring so that we will be aware of possible side effects and other requirements such as taking pills with or without food, etc.
Our caregivers are not allowed to administer any medication that has not been prescribed.

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2016. All rights reserved. DURBAN NORTH NURSING PTY LTD . Updated 21 Jan 2016   tel. 27 31 5632856  0800- 1600
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